“The national authorities could not rely on the protection of public order or other interests in order to oppose the disclosure of information on the location of the release of GMOs into the environment.
The Fourth Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Community so ruled, inter alia, on a reference for a preliminary ruling by the Conseil d’État, France. Art 6 of Directive 2001/18 provides for a standard authorisation procedure for the deliberate release of GMOs into the environment. Art 25(4) provides: ‘In no case may the following information when submitted according to [art 6] be kept confidential:— … location of release …'”
WLR Daily, 20th February 2009
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