two-year project on international adoption in the EU

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From: Arun Dohle

June 19, 2013

Dear European Parliament,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as
developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which
contain the following information:

All documents, correspondence related to the two-year project on
the issue of international adoption in the EU. Including all
information on financial details of this project, its objectives
and activities and the MEPs working on this project.

According to my information such a project was implemented for two
years, somewhere between August 2004 and July 2008.

Yours faithfully,

Arun Dohle

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June 20, 2013


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Dear Sir,

We acknowledge receipt of your request. You will receive a reply from our
side within 15 working days.

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Transparency - Public Access to documents Unit
 

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July 02, 2013


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Dear Mr Dohle

Thank you for your e-mail enquiry below. 

Kindly note that competent institution in this domaine is the European
Commission, who we have consulted in order to identify the information
sought; however in order to identify the project concerned  we would need
more information (at  least the name of specific programme under which it
was funded and  name of the organisation that received the grant),
especially as this enquiry concerns a project that seems to have been
funded quite some time ago, under the previous MFF (i.e. before 2007).

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From: Arun Dohle

July 06, 2013

Dear Registre,

Thank you for your reply, in which you request clarification.

My request relates to the below mentioned project:

"Leading a two-year project on the issue of international adoption
in the EU, including contact with the media, the Commission and
NGOs"

See link:
http://be.linkedin.com/pub/fanny-lacroix...

Yours sincerely,

Arun Dohle

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July 09, 2013


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Dear Sir,

Please note that this event was organised in the EP premises but not by
the EP itself. The organiser was an MEP (then member of the ALDE Group):

[1]http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/28...

The colleague you identified in LinkedIn was at the time Mr Cavada's
parliamentary accredited assistant and the event was under ALDE Group's
auspices.

Whatever documents might exist regarding this event (and all events
organised directly by MEPs and/or political groups) are not EP documents
but rather private/ group archives that may or may not exist anymore.

We suggest that you contact the MEP's office directly or the ALDE Group's
secretariat and see if they might have any documents that would interest
you. However, please note that Regulation 1049/2001 does not apply to
these documents exactly because they are not EP documents.

Best regards, 

Transparency - Public Access to documents Unit
 

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European Parliament
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From: Arun Dohle

July 09, 2013

Dear Registre,

Thank you.

In the meantime I have sent a request to the ALDE Secretariat. I
hope they provide transparency about this lobby event, despite
apparently not covered by Regulation 1049/2001.

Yours sincerely,

Arun Dohle

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Arun Dohle left an annotation (July 20, 2013)

Quote-marks According to the reply of the European Parliament's registry, this 'two-year project on international adoption in the EU' was about the organising of a conference.

I have asked information on that conference in another ASK THE EU request:

http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/ep_in...

I was told to write directly to the ALDE Group - see annotations

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Arun Dohle left an annotation (July 20, 2013)

Quote-marks From: arun dohle
Date: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM
Subject: EP: info about Conference 'A European Adoption Policy?
To: axel.heyer@europarl.europa.eu

Dear Axel Heyer,

Thank you for your reply.

I am doing research into the issue of intercountry adoption, especially where it concerns the shaping of the European agenda.

The ALDE conference 9/11/2006 provided a platform for the most important stakeholders of the pro intercountry adoption lobby. This conference was an important stepping stone for the adoption lobby to realise their pro-adoption agenda and thus had lasting effects on the rights of children worldwide.

In view of transparency and accountability, I consider it important to get insight into the the reasons why the ALDE Group organised this conference. Even if MEPs Cavada and Gibault (the main organisers) are no longer members, the ALDE secretariat must have been involved/informed about this. After all, this event was announced as an initiative of the ALDE Group on the ALDE website.
http://www.alde.eu/archive-6th-legislatu...

My basic question is: why did ALDE consider it appropriate to support this lobbying event.

Considering the number of participants and the promotional material, hostesses etc, I assume that there was a significant budget for this conference. So, was this paid by EU taxpayer's money? Was it paid by 'sponsors'?
Who was the 'policy adviser' you refer to - and on whose payroll was this adviser?
Who brought this issue to the attention of the two French MEP's?
Who were invited to the conference?
Who participated?
Where expenses/travels paid?

In the meantime, I have found out about a '2 year project on intercountry adoptions' that took place under MEP Cavada's leadership.
http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/two_y...
It may well be possible that this conference was part of this project. Was there a budget; financed by whom? What was the result?

I understand the EP is on a summer break and that, therefore, your reply will need some time.

Best regards,

Arun Dohle

ps: As I asked this question originally through the website ASK THE EU, I will copy this correspondence to that website.

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Arun Dohle left an annotation (July 20, 2013)

Quote-marks From: HEYER Axel [mailto:axel.heyer@europarl.europa.eu]
Sent: Samstag, 20. Juli 2013 17:29
To: arun dohle
Subject: Abwesenheitsnotiz: info about Conference 'A European Adoption Policy?

Am Montag, 2.September, bin ich wieder im Büro.
Beste Grüße,
Axel Heyer

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