Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,

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:

All documents related to meetings (including but not limited to minutes, preparatory documents, briefings) between officials of DG Grow (including the Commissioner and the Cabinet) and representatives of individual companies, including lobby consultancies and law firms, and/or industry associations, in which the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) were dealt with since January 2015.

Yours faithfully,

Bram Vranken
On behalf of Vredesactie

Vredesactie
Patriottenstraat 27,
2600 Berchem
www.vredesactie.be
Tel. +32 (0) 3 281 68 39
Mobile: +32 497 13 14 64

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Dear Sir,

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 23/07/2018.  We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
25/07/2018 under reference number GestDem 2018/4049.

 

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
16/08/2018. 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.

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

DG GROW – Access to documents team

 

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European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG GROW/A1 – Communication, Access to Documents and Document Management

 

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The European Commission is preparing a new online platform for submitting
and handling requests for public access to documents held by the
Commission based on [2]Regulation 1049/2001. All citizens and stakeholders
with an interest in this field are welcome to share their views by filling
in the [3]online questionnaire.

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Vranken,

We refer to your e-mail dated 23/07/2018 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 25/07/2018 under the above mentioned
reference number.

The description given in your application does not enable us to identify
concrete documents which would correspond to your request.

We therefore invite you, pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001 regarding public access to documents, to provide us with more
detailed information on the documents which you seek to obtain, such as
references, dates or periods during which the documents would have been
produced, and specific stakeholders in which you are interested in.

Please allow us to stress out that the scope of Gestdem 2018/4049 overlaps
with the scope of your previous requests Gestdem 2017/904, Gestdem
2017/7037 and Gestdem 2018/2431.

Therefore, any clarifications by your side would be welcome in order to
make sure we identify documents of interest for you.

If you need assistance in clarifying or specifying your application, you
can contact us:

·         by email to: [1][DG GROW request email]

The 15 working days the time limit for handling your application will
start running when we receive the requested clarifications.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Yours sincerely,

 

Access to Documents Team
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European Commission

DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
A1/ Communication, Access to Documents and Document Management

 

 

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Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,

Many thanks for your response. My request is a clarification and continuation of my request made in February 2017 (Gestdem 2017/0904). Although the European Commission disclosed several documents with regard to meetings between industry and DG Grow officials on the Preparatory Action on Defence Research, the Commission judged that several other documents fell outside the scope of my request as they were briefings (letter dated on 30.01.2018, C(2018) 632 final). The Commission stated that:

"Notwithstanding the fact that those briefings are linked to the subject of the Preparatory Action on Defence Research, they are by their nature preparatory purely internal documents which do not qualify as correspondence with the industry."

As such the European Commission judged that 29 of the initially identified documents related to meetings between DG Grow and industry representatives on the PADR did not fall inside the scope of my request.

The current request tries to broaden Gestdem 2017/0904 by asking for all documents which are related to meetings between:
1) Industry representatives (including lobby consultancies and law firms, and/or industry associations) and DG Growth officials;
2) On the subject of the Preparatory Action on Defence Research;
3) Since January 2015.

These documents include, but are not limited to internal briefings, correspondence, minutes, preparatory documents and other reports related to those meetings;

My request does not cover already disclosed documents under Gestdem 2017/0904. Additionally, to the extent that this request covers the same scope as Gestdem 2018/2431 and Gestdem 2017/7037, these documents may also be excluded from the current request.

I hope this clarifies the scope of my request.

Yours faithfully,

Bram Vranken

Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Dear Mr Vranken,

Thank you for having replied to our clarification request.

Please note that the 15 working days time limit for handling your application started running from 07/08/2018, the day we received the requested clarifications. Therefore, the deadline to reply to your application is set on 29/08/2018.

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

Thank you once again and best regards,

Access to Documents Team
European Commission
DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
A1/ Communication, Access to Documents and Document Management

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Dear Mr Vranken,

We refer to your e-mail dated 23/07/2018 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 25/07/2018 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 on 29/08/2018 (following your
reply to our clarification request received on 07/08/2018).

An extended time limit is needed since large files have to be examined in
order to retrieve the documents requested.

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 19/09/2018.

We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

Yours faithfully,

DG GROW – Access to documents team

 

[1]cid:479385507@17082012-2045

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG GROW/A1 – Communication, Access to Documents and Document Management

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Vranken,

 

We refer to your e-mail dated 23/07/2018 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 25/07/2018 under the above mentioned
reference number.

The reply to your request could not be finalised today. Therefore, we are
not in a position to complete the handling of your application within the
extended time limit of 15 working days, which expires today (19/09/2018).
Please be reassured that we are doing our best to be able to send you the
reply as soon as possible.

 

We apologise for this additional delay and for any inconvenience this may
cause.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

DG GROW – Access to documents team

 

[1]cid:479385507@17082012-2045

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG GROW/A1 – Communication, Access to Documents and Document Management

 

 

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Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,

Could you please provide a time line for the expected date of your response. I would like to remind you that you are legally obliged, as stipulated by regulation 1049/2001, to respond within a maximum of 30 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Bram Vranken

Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,

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 'Documents related to industry meetings on PADR'.

The deadline for responding to the request expired on 19/09/2018. On 01/10/2018 a reminder was sent to the Commission asking for a time line of the expected response. No response was received from the Commission to this communication. Article 7(4) of Regulation 1049/2001 states that "failure by the institution to reply within the prescribed time-limit shall entitle the applicant to make a confirmatory application". As such, I would like to file such an application.

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

Yours faithfully,

Bram Vranken

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Dear Sir,

 

Thank you for your email dated 25/10/2018 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 DG
GROW in reply to your initial application GESTDEM 2018/4049.

 

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 30/10/2018 (Ares(2018)5546886).

 

Your application will be handled within 15 working days (22/11/2018).  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 having provided 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,

 

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

 

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Dear Mr Vranken,

 

I refer to your email of 25 October 2018, registered on 30 October 2018,
through 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 ('Regulation
1049/2001').

 

Your confirmatory application is currently being handled. Unfortunately,
we have not yet been able to gather all the elements we need to carry out
a full analysis of your request in order to take a final decision and,
therefore, we are not in a position to reply to your confirmatory request
within the prescribed time limit expiring 22November 2018.

 

Consequently, we have to extend the deadline for handling it by another 15
working days in accordance with Article 8(2) of Regulation 1049/2001. The
new deadline expires on 13 December 2018.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Martine Fouwels

Deputy Head of Unit

 

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Secretariat General

Unit C1 (Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents)

 

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Dear Mr Vranken,

 

I refer to your letter of 25 October 2018, registered on 30 October 2018,
in 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 ('Regulation 1049/2001').

 

I also refer to our holding reply dated 22 November 2018, by which the
time limit for replying to your confirmatory request was extended by 15
working days, pursuant to Article 8(2) of the Regulation. This extended
time limit expires on 13 December 2018.

 

We are still assessing your application. Consequently, we will not be able
to respond within the extended time limit.

 

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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Dear Secretariat General,

I would like to point out that under Regulation 1049/2001 the maximum amount of time for a EU institution is 30 working days and only in the case of a large amount of documents.

Can you confirm that the request indeed covers a large amount of documents? And can you indicate when you will be finished with assessing my application?

In the past year I have filed FOI requests on several occasions and on each of these instances the waiting time was extremely long, far exceeding the legal time period. I want to remind you that the right to access to information is a fundamental right.

I hope you can provide an answer to my questions, otherwise I will have to consider taking further steps.

Yours sincerely,

Bram Vranken

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Dear European Commission,

It seems my previous email did not reach you, so here is a second attempt.

I would like to point out that under Regulation 1049/2001 the maximum amount of time for a EU institution is 30 working days and only in the case of a large amount of documents.

Can you confirm that the request indeed covers a large amount of documents? And can you indicate when you will be finished with assessing my application?

In the past year I have filed FOI requests on several occasions and on each of these instances the waiting time was extremely long, far exceeding the legal time period. I want to remind you that the right to access to information is a fundamental right.

I hope you can provide an answer to my questions, otherwise I will have to consider taking further steps.

Yours sincerely,

Bram Vranken

Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Dear Mr Vranken,

Thank you for your message.

Please accept our apology for the delay encountered. We are doing our best to make sure you receive a reply to the request for access to documents Gestdem 2018/4049 in the coming days.

With best regards,

DG GROW – Access to documents team

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
DG  GROW/03 – The Strategic planning and delivery Unit

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Dear Mr Vranken,

 

Please find hereby a letter and its annexes in reply to your request for
access to documents - Ref GestDem n°2018/4049.

 

With my kind regards,

 

Sylvia Kainz-Huber
Head of Unit
 
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European Commission
DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Unit I5 – Defence 2

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Rue d'Auderghem, 45
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium

 

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Dear Mr Vranken,

Kindly find herewith a letter concerning your confirmatory application for
access to documents (gestdem 2018/4049).

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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