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Summary of the decision in case 108/2018/FOR on the European Commission’s refusal to grant public access to documents related to an infringement procedure against Spain

The case concerned the European Commission’s failure to give access to documents concerning an ongoing infringement procedure against Spain related to the EU’s Water Framework and Habitats Directives.

The complainant argued that there was an ‘overriding public interest’ in the disclosure of the documents.

The Ombudsman found that the Commission’s decision was in line with the applicable rules on access to documents. She thus concluded that there was no maladministration on the part of the Commission and closed the case.