Exchange on crypto-currency mining
Alexander Fanta made this Informationsfreiheit request to Generaldirektion Kommunikationsnetze, Inhalte und Technologien
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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:
- All documents explicitly mentioning or otherwise relating to the practice of crypto-currency mining, as well as relating to the energy consumption of crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum. My request includes all communication with other EU officials, member state officials and stakeholders on the subject, including e-mails and minutes of meetings and briefing notes. This specifically is meant to include meeting minutes and follow-up exchanges on a call with Swedish and German officials on February 3, 2022.
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Dear Mr Fanta,
We refer to your email of 1 March 2022 in which you make a request for
access to documents pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the
European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2001 regarding public
access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents
(hereinafter ‘Regulation 1049/2001’), registered on the same day under the
above-mentioned reference number.
By your application, you request access to the following:
‘[…] All documents explicitly mentioning or otherwise relating to the
practice of crypto-currency mining, as well as relating to the energy
consumption of crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum. My request
includes all communication with other EU officials, member state officials
and stakeholders on the subject, including e-mails and minutes of meetings
and briefing notes. This specifically is meant to include meeting minutes
and follow-up exchanges on a call with Swedish and German officials on
February 3, 2022. […]’
We take note that parts of your request for access to documents under
GestDem 2022/1252 overlap with your previous request GestDem 2022/0079
introduced on 6 January 2022. With regard to these overlapping parts we
would like to draw your attention to the fact that our initial reply under
GestDem 2022/0079 was sent to you on 21 February 2022 and that you
requested a review of our position taken which is pending with the
Secretariat-General at the moment. For this confirmatory application you
will receive a separate reply from the Secretariat-General.
With regard to the newly introduced part of your request GestDem 2022/1252
that you can find in bold above, we understand that it does not coincide
with your previous request GestDem 2022/0079 for which a confirmatory
application is pending. We would therefore like to ask if you agree with
limiting your request under GestDem 2022/1252 to the part marked in bold
Please send your reply to the following e-mail address:
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
DG CONNECT Access to Documents Team
DG Connect – ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
BU25 – Avenue de Beaulieu 25
I agree with limiting my request in said manner. Please proceed with it.
By e-mail only
Dear Mr Fanta,
Please find attached document Ares(2022)2060077 regarding "Your request for access to documents - GestDem 2022/1252" sent by Mr Martin Schauer, Head of Unit 'Compliance & Planning' on 21/03/2022.
DG CONNECT — ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
Avenue de Beaulieu, 25