The European Commission has denied that its decision to redact huge swathes of documents detailing meetings with Big Tobacco companies had been a public relations disaster.
Commission Secretary-General Catherine Day only granted “partial access” to the documents which were about discussions over trade between the executive and firms.
The Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), a NGO, used EU freedom of information law to ask for the documents. Among them was a 14 page letter from British American Tobacco, which was almost entirely blacked out and a separate one page summary of a Philip Morris meeting that even removed the date.
The move attracted criticism from campaigners, MEPs, the media and the European Ombudsman.
— CEO (@corporateeurope) August 26, 2015