September 1, 2014
In my previous blog, I covered the apparent change of policy on transparency in the EMA and told how I requested access to various documents in the agency. You can see their letter of refusal again here.
So, I appealed the refusal at some length (see here ). The response (attached) came within the time prescribed for such things but was again negative.
More reasons were given this time, including an explanation of why, in the EMA’s view, release of the documents at that time would undermine their decision making procedures, as in the following extract:
The disclosure of such information prior to the finalisation of the Policy may lead to unnecessary external pressure from various stakeholders that might compromise the final steps of the process and all Agency’s efforts made in the last 12 months to strike a balance between proactive data disclosure,the absolute need to protect personal data […]