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CJEU Case C-178/18 P / Judgment

MSD Animal Health Innovation GmbH and Intervet International BV v European Medicines Agency.

Deciding Body type:
Court of Justice of the European Union
Deciding Body:
Court (Fourth Chamber)
Type:
Decision
Decision date:
22/01/2020

Key facts of the case:

Appeal — Access to documents of EU institutions, bodies, offices or agencies — Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 — First indent of Article 4(2) — Exception relating to the protection of commercial interests — Article 4(3) — Protection of the decision-making process — Documents submitted to the European Medicines Agency in the context of a marketing authorisation application for a veterinary medicinal product — Decision to grant a third party access to the documents — General presumption of confidentiality — No obligation for an EU institution, body, office or agency to apply a general presumption of confidentiality.

Outcome of the case:

On those grounds, the Court (Fourth Chamber) hereby:

  1. Dismisses the appeal;
  2. Orders MSD Animal Health Innovation GmbH and Intervet International BV to bear their own costs and to pay those incurred by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).