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The European Commission's refusal to grant public access to documents used in preparing the chapters on Germany and Hungary in its 2020 'Rule of law report'

The case concerns a request for public access to documents used by the European Commission in preparing its 2020 'Rule of law report'. In particular, the complainant sought access to the documents used to prepare the chapters on Germany and Hungary. The Commission failed to take a decision on the request within the prescribed deadline (an implicit refusal of access).

The Ombudsman opened an inquiry and asked to review the documents in question.