Framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union

Peter made this Informationsfreiheit request to Generaldirektion Handel

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Dear Madam, Sir

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 related to articles from Regulation (EU) 2019/452 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union:

- (Article 5) All annual reports already submitted to the Commission on foreign direct investments and if applicable the application of their screening mechanisms

- (Article 6.1) All Member States' notifications of any foreign direct investment in their territory that has undergone screening

- (Article 6.2) All comments from one Member State to another about screenings

- (Article 6.3) All Commission opinions about screenings

- (Article 6.4) All Member State requests to the Commission or other Member States to provide comments/opinions

- (Article 6.6) All requests for information and replies

- (Article 6.8) All notifications of Member States of its intention to issue a screening decision before the timeframes referred to in paragraph 7; and justifications for immediate action.

- (Article 7.1) All comments from Member States about a foreign direct investment planned or completed in another Member State which is not undergoing screening in that Member State

- (Article 7.2) All Commission opinions on foreign direct investments planned or completed in a Member State which is not undergoing screening in that Member State

- (Article 7.3) All Member States requests to issue an opinion on a foreign direct investment in its territory, and requests to other Member States to provide comments

- (Article 7.5) All requests for information and replies on a foreign direct investments not undergoing screening considered likely to affect security or public order

- (Article 8.1) All Commission opinions on a foreign direct investment considered likely to affect projects or programmes of Union interest on grounds of security or public order

- A list of the documents that fit the above descriptions with their metadata (i.e. author, date, subject)

Sincerely,
Peter Teffer

postal address:
Peter Teffer
Ekko Voorkamer
Bemuurde Weerd WZ 3
3513 BH Utrecht
The Netherlands

TRADE-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Generaldirektion Handel

Dear Mr Teffer,

Thank you for your e-mail of 13 January 2021. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered today under reference number GESTDEM 2021/0207.

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
4 February 2021. 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.

Kind regards,

Access to Documents Team
DG TRADE

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Dear Mr Teffer,

We refer to your application registered under the following number:
GESTDEM 2021/0207.

Your application is currently being handled. However, the process of
identification of the documents has taken more time that we thought so we
will not be in a position to complete the handling of your application
within the time limit of 15 working days, which is expiring today.

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 25 February
2021.

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

Kind regards,

Access to Documents Team

European Commission
DG TRADE

 

 

 

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Dear Madam, Sir,

I refer to my application registered under GESTDEM 2021/0207, and your e-mail dated 4 February 2021, in which you apologised for a delay in handling it. In the e-mail, you infomed me that the extended time limit was to expire on 25 February 2021. As of today, that deadline is now also in the past, which means that there is no legal basis under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 for any further delay. I look forward to seeing a swift reply.

Sincerely
Peter Teffer

TRADE-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Generaldirektion Handel

Dear Mr Teffer,

Thank you for your e-mail related to your access to documents request GESTDEM 2021/0207. We would like to inform you that the preparation of the reply has taken more time than expected but I would like to assure you that the reply has been finalised and already submitted for approval process. Therefore, you should receive it very soon.

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

Your faithfully

TRADE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

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Dear Madam, Sir,

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 about the 'Framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union', which was registered 14 January 2021 under reference number GESTDEM 2021/0207.

The Commission has denied all and any access to documents falling within the scope of my request. It has also refused to provide so-called metadata in the form of a list of documents that exist.

The FDI screening regulation was adopted with the goal to preserving the EU's strategic interest. However, it does not prescribe member states when to screen foreign investments. Rather, it gives them a common framework *if* they screen. It offers them a potential means to cooperate and communicate to each other about screening, but does not offer guarantees that such cooperation will take place to the fullest extent.

It is in the public interest to know if this Regulation is being put to good use. This is the main reason behind my request. It would not be the first time that EU legislation offers member states the potential to work together in the common interest of EU citizens, but that they neglect to use that potential to the fullest extent. EU citizens of the different member states therefore have an interest in knowing whether, and if so how often, their member state have used the potential of the regulation.

I therefore would like to request that the secretariat-general looks at the case again, and see if it can find a way to provide information that does not harm public security interests.

I realise that my request for a confirmatory application arrives after the 15 working days deadline. The reason for this is that I have not yet received the registered letter from DG Trade by mail. I use the AsktheEU website for my correspondence, but the advanced e-mailed copy of DG Trade's letter was somehow misdirected and filed under a different access to documents request, leading to my reading that letter only much later.

I would like to request leniency with regard to the deadline. In particular because DG Trade has also not been able to reply within the required 15 working days, or even the extended deadline of 30 working days.

Sincerely
Peter Teffer

ve_sg.accessdoc (SG), Generaldirektion Handel

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Dear Sir,

Thank you for your email dated 29/03/2021 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
TRADE in reply to your initial application GESTDEM 2021/207.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 30/03/2021 (Ares(2021)2196346).

Your application will be handled within 15 working days (23/04/2021). 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 (cr)
SG.C.1
Transparency

 

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documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 – GESTDEM 2021/207

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Dear Mr Teffer,

 

I refer to your email of 29 March 2021, registered on 30 March 2021, 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 ("Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001"), registered under reference number above.

 

Your confirmatory application is currently being handled. Unfortunately,
we have not yet been able to gather all the elements needed to carry out a
full analysis of your request and to take a final decision. Therefore, we
are not in a position to reply to your confirmatory request within the
prescribed time limit which expires on 23 April 2021.

 

Consequently, we have to extend this period by another 15 working days in
accordance with Article 8(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001. The new
deadline expires on 18 May 2021.

 

However, I can assure you that we are doing our utmost to provide you with
a final reply within the next 15 working days.

 

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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[5]Your confirmatory application for access to documents under Regulation
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Dear Mr Teffer,

 

I refer to your email of 29 March 2021, registered on 30 March 2021, 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 ("Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001"), registered under reference number above.

 

I also refer to our holding reply of 23 April 2021, 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 18 May 2021.

 

I regret to have to inform you that we were not able to respond within the
extended time-limit, as we have not yet finalised internal consultations.
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

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

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Dear Madam, Sir,

I write to you in reference to my confirmatory application registered on 30 March 2021, reference number Ares(2021)3298941.

On 18 May 2021, you informed me that the Commission was not able to respond within the extended time-limit, because "internal consultations" had not yet been finished. Since then, another 28(!) working days have passed. This means that almost twice the period has passed that is supposed to be the maximum amount an EU citizen should be required to wait for their documents.

Unless I have missed something, I have not yet received a reply.

You can understand that this is unacceptable. Please wrap up your internal consultations without delay, but in any case by Tuesday 29 June the latest. Failing that, I will make use of my rights under Regulation 1049/2001 by filing a complaint with the European Ombudsman.

Sincerely,
Peter Teffer

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, Generaldirektion Handel

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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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[1]RE: Your confirmatory application for access to documents under
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 – GESTDEM 2021/207 - 2nd holding letter -
Ares(2021)3298941 - Ares(2021)4196567

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Dear Mr Teffer,

We truly apologise for the delays incurred by the handling of your
request, which indeed is overdue. We are doing our best to issue a reply
as soon as possible, but at this moment due to significant workload we are
unable to indicate a precise date when the reply will be provided to you.

We thank you again for your patience and apologise for the inconvenience
caused.

Kind regards,

Access to documents team
SG.C.1
Transparency

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Dear Madam, Sir,

Can you provide an update as to when you expect to send me a reply to my confirmatory application registered on 30 March (!) 2021, reference number Ares(2021)3298941?

Sincerely
Peter Teffer

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, Generaldirektion Handel

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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[1]FW: Your confirmatory application for access to documents under
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Dear Mr Teffer,

Thank you for your message of 3 August 2021.

I regret to have to inform you that we have not yet managed to finalise
the treatment of your request for which we sincerely apologise. We will
strive to provide you with a reply in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your patience.

Yours sincerely,

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

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