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Decision in case 670/2019/PL on the European Investment Bank’s refusal to disclose an expert report on whether Svans are indigenous people

Wednesday | 15 July 2020

The case concerned the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) refusal to grant public access to an expert report on whether Svans, an ethnic minority that live in the Svaneti region of Georgia, are indigenous people.

The Ombudsman found that the report largely contained information of a historical, geographical or anthropological nature. The Ombudsman therefore made a proposal for a solution asking the EIB to disclose at least this objective information in the report.

The EIB accepted the Ombudsman’s proposal for a solution and granted the complainant partial access to those parts of the document that contain objective information.

The Ombudsman welcomed the EIB’s positive response to her proposal for a solution and closed the inquiry.