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Ref. Ares(2021)5768086 - 21/09/2021
Mr Arun Dohle
Subject: Subject: Your request for review of 14 September 2021 - registration
details concerning a letter received in February 2016
Dear Mr Dohle,
I am writing to you in reply to your request for review of 14 September
2021, made under Article 7(2) of Regulation 1049/20011
and the Ombudsman’s
Decision on the handling of requests for public access to documents2.
You request access to the registration details about the letter that Mrs [name]
sent to you [the Ombudsman] in copy in February 2016. Either the ARES registration
number, data, workflow – or the case registration number and any
documents/correspondence related to it.
You would like a reply as soon as possible.
The letter in question is a letter dated 15 February 2016. It was received
by the Office on 19 February 2016. Attached to the letter to the Ombudsman
was a letter to the President of the European Parliament. The letter to the
Ombudsman reads: In your function as European Ombudsman, I hereby forward you
a copy of my letter dated 12 February 2016, which I sent to the President of the
European Parliament [name].
In February 2016 the Office did not use ARES, so I cannot provide you
with ARES details. The letter was not a complaint and thus, it was not
registered in the Office’s complaint registry, cf. the attached internal email. No
other registration was made of the letter which did not entail any further
correspondence. In the attached email personal data has been redacted. As it
1 Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and
Commission documents: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-
2 The Decision is available at: https://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/letter/en/70670.
does not transpire from your request that you want access to those data, I
presume the redaction is not problematic. If I am mistaken, please let us know.
For your information I add: Later on, namely in 2017, a complaint was
made to the Ombudsman, complaint 429/2017/AMF, against the European
Commission, which related to the matter raised in the above letter to the
President of the European Parliament. It appears from the case file that the
letter was taken into consideration. We think that the documents at issue are
outside the scope of your request, but if you would like us to consider those
documents please let us know.
If you have any questions, please take contact with the officer handling
your request whose contact details have already been communicated to you.
For your recollection, it is
and +32 47 33 444 35.
You can bring an action against this decision before the General Court of
the European Union. The time limit is two months.
Enclosure: Internal email regarding registration
1 avenue du Président Robert Schuman
T. + 33 (0)3 88 17 23 13
F. + 33 (0)3 88 17 90 62
F - 67001 Strasbourg Cedex