French government ban on short-distance domestic flights

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Olivier Hoedeman

Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW),

On behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), I would like to - under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties as developed in Regulation 1049/2001 - request access to the following documents:
- all reports (and other notes) from meetings between the European Commission and representatives of the Union des Aéroports Français (UAF) and/or the Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) since July 1st 2021.
- all correspondence (including emails and WhatsApp messages) between the European Commission and representatives of the Union des Aéroports Français (UAF) and/or the Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) since July 1st 2021.
- a list of all the above-mentioned documents (including dates, names of participants/senders/recipients and their affiliation, subject of meeting/correspondence)

The background for this request is as follows: last year the French airports' lobby group UAF (jointly with the European branch of the Airports Council International, ACI Europe) lodged a complaint to the European Commission against the French government’s intended ban on domestic flights for which an alternative by train of less than 2 hours and 30 minutes exists. According to newspaper reporting, the airport lobby groups argued that the ban violates ‘one of the founding principles of Europe, that is to say the freedom to provide services’. In December 2021 the European Commission opened an investigation into the French government’s plans. This investigation appears to be still ongoing.

There is a clear public interest in the disclosure of these documents. The transparency rules as set out in the Lisbon Treaty oblige the EU institutions to work as openly and as closely as possible to citizens. There is moreover clearly a lot at stake for EU citizens in this case, as it concerns the right of public authorities to introduce the strong and ambitious policy measures needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman
on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Rue d'Edimbourg 26
1050 Brussels

GROW-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your e-mail of 29 June 2022. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 01 July 2022 under reference number GESTDEM 2022/3775.

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GROW-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

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Dear Sir,

 

We refer to your request for access to documents, registered on 01/07/2022
under the above mentioned reference number.

Your application is currently being handled. However, we are not in a
position to complete the handling of your application within the time
limit of 15 working days, which expired on 25/07/2022.

An extended time limit is needed as the application concerns different
Services which are 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 16/08/2022.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely,

 

DG GROW – Access to documents team

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG  GROW/B1 – Planning and Briefings

 

GROW-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

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Dear Sir,

Please find enclosed the reply to your request for access to documents
registered under the above-mentioned reference number.

We would appreciate it if you could confirm the receipt of this e-mail by
replying to [1][DG GROW request email]

Best regards,

DG GROW – Access to documents team

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG  GROW/B1 – Planning and Briefings

 

 

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