Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

According to http://europa.eu/whoiswho/public/index.c..., the European Commission has a "Brexit Preparedness Group".

I am requesting all information all relevant information pertaining to the terms and the concepts of "preparedness" and "contingency" from that Group.

Information should be understood in a broader sense, including but not limited to letters, emails, drafts, memos, notes, databases, SMS, transcripts and so on.

I am requesting all information, including information not considered "important" under eDomec and other archiving rules.

In case information cannot be released, I am requesting the name and the registration number of the document that cannot be released.

The terms "preparedness" and "contingency" should also include those documents that contain all relevant information pertaining to these terms and concepts in languages other than English. I am pretty confident that the staff in the Brexit Preparedness Group has a sufficient clear understanding about the scope of the request with regards to these terms.

I understand that there has been some fluctuation in the staff of the Brexit Preparedness Group. For the sake of completeness, I am requesting information that includes those information written by former Brexit Preparedness Group staff or those working for the Brexit Preparedness Group on a temporary basis.

I do not believe that the SG of the European Commission has any right to request a postal address from me at this point based on Regulation 1049/2001. However, I do not wish to let them stall my request for this reason. So in order to have a speedy registration of my request, you are permitted to use the following postal address: Mathias Schindler, Büro Domscheit-Berg, MdB, Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin, Germany. Please confirm that the SG does not require a postal address for the processing of access to information requests under Regulation 1049/2001 and that any such request is void.

Yours faithfully,

Mathias Schindler

EC ARES NOREPLY,

[1]Ares(2018)5026502 - RE: access to documents request - Brexit
Preparedness Group documents on preparedness and contingency --- Ref.
Gestdem 2018/5124

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Dear Sir,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 30/09/2018.  We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
01/10/2018 under reference number GestDem 2018/5124.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, your application
will be handled within 15 working days. The time limit will expire on
22/10/2018.

In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due
course.

You have lodged your application via the AsktheEU.org website. Please note
that this is a private website which has no link with any institution of
the European Union. Therefore the European Commission cannot be held
accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to the use of this
system.

Please note also that the European Commission is not responsible for any
possible processing of personal data by the private organisation running
the AsktheEU.org website, through which you have channelled your request.
Please refer to their privacy policy.

Kind regards,

Carlos Remis
SG.B.4
Transparence
Berl. 05/315

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Generalsekretariat der Europäischen Kommission

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Dear Mr Schindler,
 
Please find here attached the letter signed by our Head of Unit on
22/10/2018.
Best regards
 
European Commission
Secretariat General,
SG.E.3 - Brexit Preparedness
 
 
 
 
 

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,
Dear Dorthe Christensen,

thank you for your letter dated October 22.

As I understand it, you are seeking to extend the time limit for replying to my access to information request.

Such an extension in the initial application phase is possible under the conditions set out by Article 7 (3) of Regulation 1049/2001. It has to be an exceptional case, the applicant has to be notified in advance and detailed reasons have to be given.

Unfortunately you did not meet these criteria. You did not provide any information claiming that this request is by any standard exceptional and you did not provide reasons - detailed or not - explaining the delay.

As a consequence, you did not extend the deadline for handling the initial request.

The deadline has now expired and as per Article 7 (4) of Regulation 1049/2001, failure to reply within the prescribed time-limit has entitled me to make a confirmatory application which I am hereby doing.

Yours faithfully,

Mathias Schindler

Generalsekretariat der Europäischen Kommission

Your message has been received by the Transparency Unit of the
Secretariat-General of the European Commission.
Requests for public access to documents are treated on the basis of
[1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.
The Secretariat-General will reply to your request within 15 working days
upon registration of your request and will duly inform you of the
registration of the request (or of any additional information to be
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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EC ARES NOREPLY,

[1]Ares(2018)5479236 - RE: Internal review of access to documents request
- Brexit Preparedness Group documents on preparedness and contingency

Sent by ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[DG SG request email]>. All responses have
to be sent to this email address.
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réponses doivent être effectuées à cette adresse électronique.

Dear Mr Schindler,

I refer to your email of 23 October 2018, by which you intend to lodge a
confirmatory application in relation to your initial request for public
access to documents registered under Reference Gestdem 2018/5124, on the
basis of Article 7(2) of Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (hereafter
Regulation 1049/2001).

Your initial request was registered on 1 October 2018 and assigned to the
Brexit Preparedness Group.

Article 7(2) of Regulation 1049/2001 states that '[i]n the event of a
total or partial refusal, the applicant may, within 15 working days of
receiving the institution's reply, make a confirmatory application asking
the institution to reconsider its position'.

In your email, you seem to allege that the Brexit Preparedness Group of
the European Commission infringed Article 7(3) of Regulation 1049/2001 and
that this infringement is equivalent to a tacit refusal within the meaning
of Article 7(2) of the said Regulation which entitles you to submit a
confirmatory application.

According to Article 7(3) of Regulation 1049/2001, '[i]n exceptional
cases, for example in the event of an application relating to a very long
document or to a very large number of documents, the time-limit provided
for in [Article 7(1)] may be extended by 15 working days, provided that
the applicant is notified in advance and that detailed reasons are given'
(Emphasis added).

In this instance, the Brexit Preparedness Group of the European Commission
has not yet issued its reply in response to your application for access to
documents within the meaning of Article 7(2) of Regulation 1049/2001. In
fact, the Brexit Preparedness Group of the European Commission informed
you on 22 October 2018, that ‘due to ongoing consultations’ it had to
extend the deadline provided in Article 7(1) of Regulation 1049/2001 by
another 15 working days, in accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation
1049/2001.

As a result, the new deadline for the handling of your request is 14
November 2018. Moreover, the Brexit Preparedness Group of the European
Commission provided a justification underlying the extension of the
deadline.

Against this background, it cannot therefore be concluded that the Brexit
Preparedness Group of the European Commission tacitly refused to reply to
your request within the meaning of Article 7(2) of Regulation 1049/2001
and did not provide any justification as to the extension of the deadline
until 14 November 2018.

Consequently, we conclude that your confirmatory application does not meet
the requirements set forth by Article 7(2) of Regulation 1049/2001 and the
Commission is therefore not in a position, at this stage, to handle your
confirmatory application.

We also would like to reassure you that your initial request is being
currently processed by the Brexit Preparedness Group of the European
Commission.

Nevertheless, we understand that you wish to be provided with a more
specific reasoning as to the extension of the deadline required for the
processing of your request. We have therefore forwarded your request to
the Brexit Preparedness Group of the European Commission, who will contact
you shortly in that respect.

Finally, we would like to reassure you that, , in accordance with Article
7(2) of Regulation 1049/2001, you remain entitled to submit a confirmatory
application, within 15 working days of the receipt of the Brexit
Preparedness Group’s initial reply regarding the substance of your
request, should you not be satisfied with the latter.

Kind regards,

Carlos Remis
SG.C.1
Transparence
Berl. 05/315

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Dear Mr Schindler,

Please find attached, the SG reply on your initilal request GESTDEM 2018/5124: document Ares(2018)5821063, sent by Mr WATSON John on 14/11/2018.

Best regards
SG E3

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Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

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 'Brexit Preparedness Group documents on preparedness and contingency'.

It is rather obvious that the Commission didn't even attempt to conduct a full search to identify documents falling under the scope of this request.

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

Yours faithfully,

Mathias Schindler

Generalsekretariat der Europäischen Kommission

Your message has been received by the Transparency Unit of the
Secretariat-General of the European Commission.
Requests for public access to documents are treated on the basis of
[1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.
The Secretariat-General will reply to your request within 15 working days
upon registration of your request and will duly inform you of the
registration of the request (or of any additional information to be
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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EC ARES NOREPLY,

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Link: [4]colorSchemeMapping

[5]Ares(2018)6035444 - ATD - Your confirmatory application - Gestdem
2018/5124

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Dear Sir,

 

Thank you for your email dated 23/11/2018 by which you request, pursuant
to Regulation No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament,
Council and Commission documents, a review of the position taken by the
Secretariat-General in reply to your initial application GESTDEM
2018/5124.

 

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 26/11/2018 (Ares(2018)6034782).

 

Your application will be handled within 15 working days (17/12/2018).  In
case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due
course.

 

Please be informed that the answer to your confirmatory application is a
formal Commission decision that will be notified to you by express
delivery. Thank you for providing your contact phone number, so that the
external delivery service can contact you in case of absence.

 

Please note that the Commission will not use your phone number for any
other purpose than for informing the delivery service, and that it will
delete it immediately thereafter.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (GD)

 

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European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG C.1

[7][email address]

 

 

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Link: [3]themeData
Link: [4]colorSchemeMapping

[5]Ares(2018)6443074 - Your confirmatory application for access to
documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 – GESTDEM 2018/5124

Sent by ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[DG SG request email]>. All responses have
to be sent to this email address.
Envoyé par ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[DG SG request email]>. Toutes les
réponses doivent être effectuées à cette adresse électronique.

Dear Mr Schindler,

 

I refer to your to your e-mail of 23/11/2018, registered on 26/11/2018, by
which you submit a confirmatory application in accordance with Article
7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European
Parliament, Council and Commission documents (hereinafter, ‘Regulation
1049/2001’).

 

I would like to inform you that your confirmatory application is currently
being handled. Unfortunately, due to ongoing consultations, we are not in
a position to reply to your confirmatory request within the prescribed
time limit expiring on 17/12/2018. Consequently, we will need to extend
this period by another 15 working days in accordance with Article 8(2) of
Regulation 1049/2001. The new deadline expires on 17/01/2019.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

María OLIVÁN AVILÉS
Head of Unit

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European Commission

Secretariat General

Unit C.1 (Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents)

 

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EC ARES NOREPLY,

1 Attachment

Link: [1]File-List
Link: [2]Edit-Time-Data
Link: [3]themeData
Link: [4]colorSchemeMapping

[5]Ares(2019)248265 - Your confirmatory application for access to
documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 – GESTDEM No 2018/5124

Sent by ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[DG SG request email]>. All responses have
to be sent to this email address.
Envoyé par ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[DG SG request email]>. Toutes les
réponses doivent être effectuées à cette adresse électronique.

Dear Mr Schindler,

 

I refer to your e-mail of 23 November 2018, registered on 26 November
2018, by which you submit a confirmatory application in accordance with
Article 7(2) of Regulation No 1049/2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.

 

I also refer to our holding reply of 14 December 2018, by which the time
limit for replying to your confirmatory application was extended by 15
working days, pursuant to Article 8(2) of Regulation 1049/2001. This
extended time limit expires on 17 January 2019.

 

I regret to have to inform you that we will not be able to respond within
the extended time limit, as we have not yet finalised internal
consultations. However, I can assure you that we are doing our utmost to
provide you with a final reply as soon as possible.

 

I regret this additional delay and sincerely apologise for any
inconvenience this may cause.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

María OLIVÁN AVILÉS
Head of Unit

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European Commission

Secretariat General

Unit C.1 (Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents)

 

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ve_sg.accessdoc (SG), Generalsekretariat der Europäischen Kommission

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[5]Ares(2019)2688498 - Confirmatory decision taken on your request for
access to documents registered under Gestdem number 2018/5124

Sent by ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[DG SG request email]>. All responses have
to be sent to this email address.
Envoyé par ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[DG SG request email]>. Toutes les
réponses doivent être effectuées à cette adresse électronique.

Dear Sir,

 

Please find attached an advance information copy of the confirmatory
decision taken on your request for access to documents registered under
Gestdem number 2018/5124, adopted on 17/04//2019 in the above-mentioned
case.

 

Please note that the Secretariat General of the European Commission will
proceed with the formal notification of the decision in the coming days.

 

This advance copy is solely sent for your information and is not the
formal notification of the confirmatory.

 

Yours sincerely,

Access to documents team
SG.C.1
Transparence
Berl. 07/251

 

 

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