Ref. Ares(2021)627844 - 26/01/2021
DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL AFFAIRS AND INCLUSION
By e-mail only: ask+request-8881-
Subject: Your application for access to documents – GESTDEM 2020/7923
Dear Mr Hoedeman,
I refer to your e-mail of 21 December 2021, registered on the same day under the above-
mentioned reference number, in which you request access to documents which contain
the following information:
- all reports (and other notes) from meetings with representatives of companies, lobby
groups (such as BusinessEurope, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie, CSR Europe
and others), consultancies and think-tanks about the European Commission's initiative on
sustainable corporate governance and issues around EU corporate due diligence
legislation more generally (since May 1st 2020).
- all correspondence (including emails and their attachments) with representatives of
companies, lobby groups, consultancies and think-tanks about the European
Commission's initiative on sustainable corporate governance and issues around EU
corporate due diligence legislation more generally (since May 1st 2020).
- a list of all the above-mentioned documents (including dates, names of
participants/senders/recipients and their affiliation, subject of meeting/correspondence).
We regret to inform you that Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and
Inclusion does not hold any documents that would correspond to the description given in
As specified in Article 2(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, the right of access as
defined in that regulation applies only to existing documents in the possession of the
Given that no such documents, corresponding to the description given in your
application, are held by the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and
Inclusion, I am not in a position to fulfil your request.
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Electronically signed on 25/01/2021 18:48 (UTC+01) in accordance with article 11 of Commission Decision C(2020) 4482