Volkswagen case: Could cheating on an emissions test become a protected trade secret?

The European Parliament is currently negotiating the Trade Secret Directive in trilogue. In this week’s plenary session I called on my colleagues: We must be very careful not to include in that Directive new lines of defense for companies’ dirty secrets.

Let’s imagine for a minute the Volkswagen case had not been disclosed by […]

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Singular abuse of freedom of information

Those requesting access to documents from the European Commission have to fulfil a new requirement: They must submit a postal address. The Commission justifies this restriction of the freedom of information by claiming it’s necessary to prevent abusive requests from people using fake identities.

I formally asked the Commission half a year ago how many […]

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