Application of access to green information laws

A European advocate general has published an opinion overturning a UK decision on whether privatised firms are subject to access to environmental information rules.

Richard MacroryPrivatised businesses will be watching closely the progress of legal action going through the European Court. Its final outcome is likely to determine whether they will be obliged to release public information they hold relating to the environment.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 was the first law in the UK to incorporate a general right of information held by public authorities, but the concept of access to information has long been a feature of environmental law.

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