EIR charges – CJEU judgment imminent

Anyone who has been following the litigation on charging for access to property search information under the EIR may like to know that the judgment in East Sussex v Information Commissioner is due to be given by the CJEU on 6 October 2015 (for further information on the background to the case and the Advocate-General’s Opinion, see here). One of the important issues in the East Sussex litigation has been the risks which charging for environmental information may pose in terms of the potential dissuasive effect on applicants. It will be interesting to see whether the Government has an eye to such dissuasive effects as when it is thinking how to develop its proposals on fees in the GRC (see further Chris Knight’s post on the proposals here).

Anya Proops