Dear European Parliament,

Gilles Bordelais is the second-place candidate running in the European Parliament elections for German Pirate party with a real chance of being elected. In February 2019, an advisory committee on harassment at the workplace found that aspects of Gilles Bordelais’ behaviour towards one employee should be classified as sexual harassment.

As he is a public figure and the issue was publicized by media, I am requesting (under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001) documents which contain information about the EP advisory committee finding.

I am not requesting any information which could identify the employee concerned, only the description of Mr. Bordelais' behavior and argumentation for the finding of the advisory committee.

Yours faithfully,
Lukáš Blažej

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OUR REF A(2019)4286

 

Dear Mr Blažej,

 

The European Parliament hereby acknowledges receipt of your application
for access to documents, which was registered under reference A(2019)4286.

 

All requests for public access to documents are treated in compliance with
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.

In accordance with this Regulation, your application will be handled
within 15 working days upon registration of your request.

 

The European Parliament reserves the right to ask for additional
information regarding your identity in order to verify compliance with the
Regulation  and the European Parliament’s implementing measures.

 

Your attention is drawn to the fact that you have lodged your application
via the AsktheEU.org website, which is a private website not officially
related to the European Parliament. Therefore, the European Parliament
cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to
the use of this system.

 

Best regards,

 

 

 

 

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Presidency
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Our ref.: A(2019)4286 - time limit extension

Dear Mr Blazej,

The European Parliament's time limit for responding to your request A(2019)4286 should in principle expire at the end of Thursday 2 May 2019.

However, due to longer than expected internal consultations on your application, and in accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) n° 1049/2001, the time limit for responding to your request is hereby extended by a further 15 working days.

Kind regards,

TU

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European Parliament
Directorate General for the Presidency
Directorate for Inter-Institutional Affairs
and Legislative Coordination

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Dear Mr Blažej,

With a view to permitting Parliament to duly notify the decision
concerning your request to you, you are kindly invited to provide us with
your postal address, in
accordance with Article 8(3) of the Bureau Decision of 28 November 2001 on
Rules governing public access to European Parliament documents (OJ C 216,
22.7.2011, p. 19).  Notification by registered letter is required in order
to ensure legal certainty as regards due notification of Parliament's
decision, pursuant to Article 297(2) and (3) of the Treaty on the
Functioning of the European Union.

We thank you for your understanding.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

TRANSPARENCY UNIT
 
European Parliament
Directorate-General for the Presidency
Directorate for Interinstitutional Affairs and Legislative Coordination
[1]www.europarl.europa.eu/RegistreWeb
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Lukáš Blažej

Dear European Parliament,

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request 'Advisory committee on harassment at the workplace finding'.

On 3. 6. 2019, I received a letter denying my request stating four reasons:

1) Article 4(1) of Regulation No 1049/2001, arguing that granting my request would undermine privacy and the integrity of Mr. Bordelais. However, information about his behavior was subject to international media attention, so granting my request would not undermine his privacy any further. Should the Parliament find that in certain cases, Mr. Bordelais' right to privacy outweighs my right to information, these information can be omitted from the requested document(s).

2) Article 7 of Advisory comittee's internal rules which state that its deliberations shall be secret. However, I did not request to take part in a comittee's deliberation, so this Article has no relation to my request.

3) Article 4(3) of Regulation No 1049/2001 which allow for denying access to documents containing opinions for internal use as part of deliberations and preliminary consultations within the institution if disclosure of the document would seriously undermine the institution's decision-making process, unless there is public interest in the disclosure. As the Parliament failed to demonstrate that granting my request would seriously undermine the institution's decision-making process, the requested documents are not a part of deliberations nor preliminary consultations and there is public interest in disclosure, no part of this Article can be applied to my request.

4) Point b) of Article 9 of Regulation 2018/1725, arguing that transmission of information would not be proportionate. However, the Parliament failed to weigh competing interests in this case, and simply stating this reason as a fact doesn't allow me to provide any counterarguments.

Allow me to also state that if it wasn't for MEP Julia Reda who informed the public of Mr. Bordelais' behavior, he would have been elected and would be in a position of power towards female APAs and other staff for the next five years. Refusing my request on the grounds of lack of public interest is not only illegal, but I also find the current practice of covering up sexual harassment disgusting.

A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/advi...

Yours faithfully,

Lukáš Blažej

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Dear Mr Blazej,

 

The European Parliament's time limit for responding to your request
A(2019)4286 should in principle expire at the end of this day.

 

However, due to longer than expected internal consultations on your
confirmatory application, notably with the Legal Service, and in
accordance with Article 8(3) of Regulation (EC) n° 1049/2001, the time
limit for responding to your confirmatory application is hereby extended
by a further 15 working days. You may nevertheless less expect a reply
very soon.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

TU

 

[1]LOGO_EP TRANSPARENCY UNIT
European Parliament
Directorate General
for the Presidency
Directorate for
Inter-Institutional
Affairs
and Legislative
Coordination

 

[2]Public Register webpage
[3][email address]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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