EEAS letter to the Office of the South African President on the South African Draft Copyright Bill

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Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

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:

On 20 March 2020, the EU Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa Riina Kionka sent a letter to Dr. Cassius Reginald Lubisi, Director-General in the Office of the South African President, on the subject of South Africa’s copyright regime, available online at: https://eeas.europa.eu/sites/eeas/files/... In the letter, Ambassador Kionka states that she is writing on behalf of the European Commission.

Ambassador Kionka states in the letter in reference to South Africa’s Draft Copyright Bill: “The European Commission has participated continuously throughout the consultation process which began in 2015 and culminated in March 2019 with the final Copyright Bill being sent to the President for assent. In particular, by addressing its contributions on 16 September 2015 to Mr. Lionel October, Director General of the Department of Trade and industry, and on 22 February 2019 to the Hon. E. Makue Chairperson of the Select Committee on Trade and Industry Relations.”

I am explicitly seeking any information the Commission has in connection with the letter of 20 March 2020, as well as any information related to the South African Draft Copyright Bill. I do not want this request to be limited to information that was registered as "not short-lived" or "not unimportant". This request should therefore also contain short-lived information such as drafts, inter-agency communication, e-mails, text messages, memos, and follow-up communication, including responses to the letter of 20 March 2020. I am requesting all information, including internal communication, inter-service consultation, communication with the EEAS, any South African bodies, or with third parties such as external stakeholders regarding or in connection with the letter of 20 March 2020 or the South African Draft Copyright Bill.

Yours faithfully,

Julia Reda

Generaldirektion Kommunikationsnetze, Inhalte und Technologien

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The Secretariat-General will reply to your request within 15 working days
upon registration of your request and will duly inform you of the
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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
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der Kommission behandelt.
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Generaldirektion Kommunikationsnetze, Inhalte und Technologien

Dear Madam,

Since 1 January 2011, external relations policy, which was previously under the responsibility of DG RELEX, has been transferred to the European External Action Service (EEAS).

Given that the document request that you submitted comes under this policy domain, please send your request directly to the EEAS at: [adresse e-mail].

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.

Kind regards,

European Commission
Secretariat-General
Transparency (SG.C.1/rc)

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Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

I am aware that the letter of 20 March 2020 has been sent by the European External Action Service. However, as I stated in my initial request, in the letter, ambassador Kionka states that she is writing on behalf of the European Commission. As the EEAS is independent of the European Commission, there must have been communication between the European Commission and the EEAS about the decision to send the letter and its content. The letter refers to statements from stakeholders, which may have been made directly to the ambassador, but could also have been made to the European Commission. As the letter refers to copyright policy and the copyright unit is part of the Directorate General for Networks, Content and Technology, it is likely that the European Commission, and DG CONNECT in particular, holds information in relation to the letter. I have filed a freedom of information request with the EEAS to receive information in relation to the letter held by EEAS, but I assume that the European Commission also holds information in relation to the letter that the EEAS may not have.

Additionally, in her letter, ambassador Kionka refers to participation in the consultation on the South African Draft Copyright Bill by the European Commission. I therefore believe that the European Commission holds information on aforementioned public consultation and it is likely that the copyright unit in DG CONNECT was at least consulted on the matter. In this regard, the European Commission may also hold information that the EEAS does not have.

For these reasons, I am maintaining my freedom of information request to the European Commission as outlined in my initial message.

Yours faithfully,

Julia Reda

Generaldirektion Kommunikationsnetze, Inhalte und Technologien

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your request for access to documents.

Unfortunately, you have not indicated your postal address that is required for registering and handling your request in line with the procedural requirements.

Please send us your full postal address at your earliest convenience.

Pending your reply, we reserve the right to refuse the registration of your request.

You may, of course, use directly the electronic form for entering your request: http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/....

You have lodged your application via a private third-party 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 that the private third party running the AsktheEU.org website is responsible and accountable for the processing of your personal data via that website, and not the Commission.
For further information on your rights, please refer to the third party’s privacy policy.

We understand that the third party running the AsktheEU.org website usually publishes the content of applicants’ correspondence with the Commission on that website.
This includes the personal data that you may have communicated to the Commission (e.g. your private postal address).

Similarly, the third party publishes on that website any reply that the Commission will send to the email address of the applicants generated by the AsktheEU.org website.

If you do not wish that your correspondence with the Commission is published on a private third-party website such as AsktheEU.org, you can provide us with an alternative, private e-mail address for further correspondence. In that case, the Commission will send all future electronic correspondence addressed to you only to that private address, and it will use only that private address to reply to your request.

You should still remain responsible to inform the private third-party website about this change of how you wish to communicate with, and receive a reply from, the Commission.

For information on how we process your personal data visit our page Privacy statement – access to documents.

Yours faithfully,
Access to Documents Team (rc)

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Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

there is no legal basis for requiring my postal address as a prerequisite for processing my freedom of information request, which is my right under Regulation 1049/2001. I regret that the European Commission appears to make this procedural requirement for the sole purpose of discouraging citizens from using the portal asktheEU, which is making an important contribution to the transparency of the European institutions. Rather than pushing me to choose between publicly disclosing personal information and ensuring the transparency of the freedom of information request, the European Commission should be embracing and actively supporting asktheEU's important work.

But that is a topic for another day.

My postal address is:

Julia Reda
Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte e.V.
Hessische Str. 10
10115 Berlin
Germany

Yours faithfully,

Julia Reda

ve_sg.accessdoc (SG), Generaldirektion Kommunikationsnetze, Inhalte und Technologien

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Dear Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail of 28/04/2020. We hereby acknowledge receipt of
your application for access to documents, which was registered on
29/04/2020 under reference number GESTDEM 2020/2478.

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 18/05/2020. In case this time-limit needs to
be extended, you will be informed in due course.

For information on how we process your personal data visit our page
Privacy statement – access to documents.

Yours faithfully,

Access to documents team (rc)
SG.C.1
Transparency

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

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail of 28/04/2020. We hereby acknowledge receipt of
your application for access to documents, which was registered on
29/04/2020 under reference number GESTDEM 2020/2478.

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 18/05/2020 25/05/2020. In case this
time-limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

For information on how we process your personal data visit our page
Privacy statement – access to documents.

Yours faithfully,

Access to documents team (rc)
SG.C.1
Transparency

 

From: ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[DG CONNECT request email]>
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:38 PM
To: Julia Reda <[FOI #7915 email]>
Subject: Ares(2020)2289754 - RE: access to documents request - EEAS letter
to the Office of the South African President on the South African Draft
Copyright Bill --- Ref. Gestdem 2020/2478

 

[5]Ares(2020)2289754 - RE: access to documents request - EEAS letter to
the Office of the South African President on the South African Draft
Copyright Bill --- Ref. Gestdem 2020/2478

 

Sent by ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) . All responses have to be sent to this email
address.

Envoyé par ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) . Toutes les réponses doivent être
effectuées à cette adresse électronique.

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail of 28/04/2020. We hereby acknowledge receipt of
your application for access to documents, which was registered on
29/04/2020 under reference number GESTDEM 2020/2478.

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 18/05/2020. In case this time-limit needs to
be extended, you will be informed in due course.

For information on how we process your personal data visit our page
Privacy statement – access to documents.

Yours faithfully,

Access to documents team (rc)
SG.C.1
Transparency

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Dear Directorate General for Trade,

thank you for the clarification. Since I sent my initial request 28 April 2020, and also provided my postal address (which you do not need) on 28 April 2020, the time-limit should expire on 20 May 2020. Public holidays on 21 and 22 May should not affect the time-limit, as they occur after the time-limit has expired.

Yours sincerely,

Julia Reda

Generaldirektion Kommunikationsnetze, Inhalte und Technologien

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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Dear Directorate General of Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

in your latest response you list both 18 May and 25 May as possible dates of expiration of the 15 day time-limit. As I submitted my initial request on 28 April 2020, the time-limit of 15 days should expire on 20 May 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Julia Reda

Generaldirektion Kommunikationsnetze, Inhalte und Technologien

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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ve_sg.accessdoc (SG), Generaldirektion Kommunikationsnetze, Inhalte und Technologien

[1]Ares(2020)2294217 - RE: Ares(2020)2293018 - FW: Ares(2020)2289754 - RE:
access to documents request - EEAS letter to the Office of the South
African President on the South African Draft Copyright Bill --- Ref.
Gestdem 2020/2478

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

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail of 29/04/2020.

You introduced your initial request on 28 April 2020 and we registered it
today (29 April 2020).

The time-limit will expire on 25/05/2020. In case this time-limit needs to
be extended, you will be informed in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Access to documents team (rc)
SG.C.1
Transparency

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Generaldirektion Kommunikationsnetze, Inhalte und Technologien

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail of 29/04/2020.

You introduced your initial request on 28 April 2020 and we registered it today (29 April 2020).

The time-limit will expire on 25/05/2020. In case this time-limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Access to documents team (rc)
SG.C.1
Transparency

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ve_cnect.public_access_to_documents(CNECT), Generaldirektion Kommunikationsnetze, Inhalte und Technologien

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*** Advanced copy by e-mail and registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt ***

Dear Mrs Reda,

Please find attached document Ares(2020)2696350 regarding "GestDem 2020/2478" sent by Ms Katleen Engelbosch, Head of Unit 'Compliance & Planning', sent on 25/05/2020.

Best regards,

European Commission
DG CONNECT — ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
Avenue de Beaulieu, 25
B-1160 Brussels/Belgium