Ref. Ares(2020)6960781 - 20/11/2020
DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR HEALTH AND FOOD SAFETY
SANTE.DDG2.D.3/PD/es (2020) 7331686
By registered mail with acknowledgment of
Mr SOLANKY Kunal
42 Wykeham Crescent
OX4 3SB Oxford
United Kingdom Advance copy by email:
Your application for access to documents – GESTDEM 2020/5858
We refer to your e-mail of 30 September 2020 in which you make a request for access to
documents, registered on 5 October 2020 under the above-mentioned reference number.
We further refer to our e-mail of 26 October 2020 extending the time limit to respond to
your request according to Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/20012 (or ‘the
1. SCOPE OF YOUR REQUEST
In your request, you ask, on the basis of Regulation (EC)No 1049/2001, access to:
‘documents which contain the following information: Article 124 of Regulation
2017/625 stipulates: "Member States shall inform the Commission of planned controls in
the areas governed by the rules referred to in Article 1(2) on their territory, by the
competent authorities of third countries".
Could you kindly provide me with a list starting from 2010 to present of all such third
country controls, which sought to evaluate either animal welfare or animal health in
Member States? Furthermore, with regards to the above list, if a third country has shared
1 According to standard operational procedure, the reply is usually also sent to you by registered post.
Please note, however, that due to the extraordinary health and security measures currently in force
during the COVID-19 epidemics, which include the requirement for all Commission non-critical staff
to telework, we are unfortunately not in a position to follow this procedure until further notice. We
would therefore appreciate if you could confirm receipt of the present e-mail.
2 Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and
Commission documents (OJ L 145, 31.5.2001, p. 43).
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111
the findings of their controls with the Commission, please could you also send me these
In your follow-up e-mail of 30 September 2020, you further requested to:
‘please ensure the list details at the minimum the auditing country, the audited country and
the species audited.’
2. NO DOCUMENTS HELD
We regret to inform you that the Commission does not hold any documents that would
correspond to the description given in your application.
Please note that the obligation of Member States to inform the Commission of third
country controls in their territory has taken effect on 14 December 2019, date of entry
into force of the Regulation (EU) 2017/625 that introduces it. Furthermore, during most
of the period since that date third country controls in the territory of Member States
remain suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19-related sanitary situation and the
resulting travel restrictions.
3. MEANS OF REDRESS
In case you would disagree with this assessment, you are entitled, in accordance with
Article 7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, to submit a confirmatory application
requesting the Commission to review this position.
Such a confirmatory application should be addressed within 15 working days upon receipt
of this letter to the Secretary-General of the Commission at the following address:
Transparency, Document Management & Access to Documents (SG.C.1)
or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronically signed on 19/11/2020 20:32 (UTC+01) in accordance with article 11 of Commission Decision C(2020) 4482