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Your application for access to documents – Ref GestDem No 2021/3890
Dear Mr Cranston,
We refer to your e-mail dated 3 June 2021 in which you make a request for access to
documents, registered on 14 June 2021 under the above-mentioned reference number.
Your requested access to: “All documentation (including but not limited to all email
correspondence, attendance lists, agendas, background papers, transcripts, recordings
and minutes/notes) relating to the meeting between ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical
(EMPC) and Director-General Mauro Raffaele Petriccione on 15/04/2021
DG CLIMA has identified one document under the scope of the request.
Following an examination of the document under the provisions of Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001, I regret to inform you that a complete disclosure of the document is prevented
by the exception concerning the protection of privacy and the integrity of the individual
outlined in Article 4(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, because it contains: names
and contact information of Commission staff members not pertaining to the senior
management; names and contact details of other natural persons and other information
relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.
Article 9(1)(b) of the Data Protection Regulation does not allow the transmission of these
personal data, except if you prove that it is necessary to have the data transmitted to you for
a specific purpose in the public interest and where there is no reason to assume that the
legitimate interests of the data subject might be prejudiced. In your request, you do not
express any particular interest to have access to these personal data nor do you put forward
any arguments to establish the necessity to have the data transmitted for a specific purpose
in the public interest.
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Consequently, I conclude that, pursuant to Article 4(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001, access cannot be granted to the personal data contained in the document, as the
need to obtain access thereto for a purpose in the public interest has not been substantiated
and there is no reason to think that the legitimate interests of the individuals concerned
would not be prejudiced by disclosure of the personal data concerned.
This document was drawn up for internal use under the responsibility of the Directorate-
General for Climate Action. It solely reflects the author's interpretation of the
interventions made and does not set out any official position of the third parties to which
the document refers, which was not consulted on its content. It does not reflect the
position of the Commission and cannot be quoted as such.
In case you would disagree with this position, 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 Secretariat-General of the Commission at the following address:
Unit C.1. ‘Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents’
B-1049 Brussels, or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Luca DE CARLI
Electronically signed on 23/06/2021 22:11 (UTC+02) in accordance with article 11 of Commission Decision C(2020) 4482