EU –Judgement of the EU court of justice with respect to access to harmonised standards

In a judgement from March 5 (C-588/21 P) the European Court of Justice confirmed its position that harmonised standards form a part of EU law. Consequently, the court ruled that there is an overriding public interest justifying the disclosure of harmonised standards in accordance with applicable EU rules for transparency. The Court did not explicitly address questions of copyright protection. It remains open how far reaching the right of access is and how access should be realised.

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