Commissioner welcomes Government's decision to abandon appeal 

Press statement: 23 October 2012

We welcome the Cabinet Secretary's statement today which indicated that the Scottish Government intends to seek leave to abandon its appeal against Decision 111/2012 Catherine Stihler MEP and the Scottish Ministers. The Cabinet Secretary confirmed that the Government had not, at the time of Ms Stihler's request, received legal advice. We have consulted with our legal advisers and are not minded to oppose the request.

Legal costs (updated 02 October 2013)

The Commissioner's legal costs relating to the Ministers' appeal amounted to £18,968.06. Costs of £16,812.92 were awarded to the Commissioner.


For further information please contact the Commissioner's Media Team on 01334 464610, out of hours on 07976 511752, or email

Read the full decision here: Decision 111/2012


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