EU court rules Slovenia breached inviolability of ECB archives

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Luxembourg – The European Court of Justice has ruled that Slovenia breached the inviolability of ECB archives in a 2016 police search of archives at the country’s central bank that was part of an investigation into the 2013 bank bailout.

In a decision announced on Thursday, the court fully upheld the European Commission’s position that Slovenia “unilaterally seized” documents that were part of the archives of the European Central Bank, thus failing to “fulfil its obligation to respect the principle of the inviolability of the archives of the EU”.