Communication Bayer CropScience / Green Deal
Hans Wetzels made this Informationsfreiheit request to Generaldirektion Landwirtschaft und ländliche Entwicklung
Dear DG Agriculture and Rural Development,
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:
- Any study, impact assessment, forecast, paper or other document received from (or representatives from) Bayer AG, Bayer CropScience, the European Chemical Industry Council Cefic and/or the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) concerning or mentioning the Green Deal or the EU Biodiversity Strategy between May 2019 and March 2020.
- a list of meetings including detailed minutes and any other reports of such meetings between DG TRADE's officials (including the Commissioner and his Cabinet members) and (or representatives from) Bayer AG, Bayer CropScience, the European Chemical Industry Council Cefic and/or the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) concerning or mentioning the Green Deal or the EU Biodiversity Strategy between May 2019 and March 2020.
- All correspondence (including emails) by DG TRADE's officials (including the Commissioner and his Cabinet members) sent to or received from (or representatives from) Bayer AG, Bayer CropScience, the European Chemical Industry Council Cefic and/or the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) concerning or mentioning the Green Deal or the EU Biodiversity Strategy between May 2019 and March 2020.
Should my request be denied wholly or partially, please explain the denial or all deletions referring to specific exemptions in the regulation. Also I expect the partial release of documents, in case of partial exemption according to article 4.6.
Do not hesitate to get back to me should you need any further information which could facilitate your research. My postal address hereby:
Thank you for your assistance.
Dear Agriculture and Rural Development,
As you can see I made a small mistake as in the request I am referring to DG TRADE officials. Please note that I request all information from DG AGRI officials - not DG TRADE. Please accept my humblest apologies for the confusion, if you'd have any more questions please contact me.
Thank you for your e-mail of 12/05/2020. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 13/05/2020 under reference number GESTDEM 2020/2806.
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 08/06/2020. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.
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AGRI Access to Documents Team
We refer to your e-mail of 12/05/2020 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered on 13/05/2020 under the above mentioned reference number.
Your application is currently being handled. However, we will not be in a position to complete the handling of your application within the time limit of 15 working days, which expires today.
An extended time limit is needed as part of the documents requested originate from third parties, which have been consulted.
Therefore, we have to extend the time limit with 15 working days in accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to documents. The new time limit expires on 29/06/2020.
We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.
AGRI Access to Documents Team