Documents regarding involvement of NGOs in cases concerning rule of law/democracy/charter of fundamental rgihts
Dear Court of Justice of the European Union,
Under the right of access to documents in the EU Treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I hereby request access to the following documents, which contain the following information:
(a) Any information and/or documents concerning third party intervention, observations, and/or amicus briefs submitted by non-governmental organisations in any of the 27 member states related to cases concerning rule or law and/or democracy issues for the time period 2010-2022 regarding 1) their respective countries, 2) Poland, and 3) Hungary
(b) Any information and/or documents concerning third party intervention, observations, and/or amicus briefs submitted by non-governmental organisations in any of the 27 member states related to cases concerning one or more of the following freedoms and rights of individuals for the time period 2010-2022 regarding 1) their respective countries, 2) Poland, and 3) Hungary:
a. freedom of religion
b. the right to the protection of family life
c. protection of dignity
d. prohibition of double criminality
e. the right to a court
f. rights of defendants in criminal proceedings
g. the right to privacy i. protection of personal data
h. prohibition of discrimination
I would prefer for this information to be sent to me in machine-readable electronic format, so please provide a downloadable link or share via the email below.
I would like to make clear I prefer you produce the documents on a rolling basis. At no point should the Commission's search for - or deliberations concerning - certain documents delay the production of others that the Commission has already retrieved and elected to produce.
Should my request be denied wholly or partially, please explain the denial or all deletions referring to specific exemptions in the regulation. Also I would expect the partial release of documents in case of partial exemption according to article 4.6. I reserve the right to appeal.
Please confirm having received this application. I look forward to your reply within 15 business days, according to the regulation. If there are any delays or issues with my request, please feel free to contact me by email.
Regitze H Rohlfing
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