Lobbying on PFAS

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Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I would like to request access to the following documents related to lobbying on PFAS, per and polyfluoroalkyl substances. In particular I would like:

1. A list of all meetings/ discussions since 1 April 2022 between officials and or Commissioners with businesses, trade associations, or think tanks where this topic was discussed.

2. Any records, minutes or notes of these meetings/discussions.

3. All correspondence since 1 April 2022, where this topic was discussed, exchanged between officials and or Commissioners with businesses, trade associations, or think tanks.

To the extent possible, my strong preference is to receive documents in electronic format.

I would also be grateful to receive the documents in batches, as soon as they are identified and available to send.

Please note that I am tabling this request separately to DG Grow, DG Environment, and the Secretariat-General of the Commission and I look forward to receiving the respective documents accordingly.

Thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Vicky Cann
CEO
Rue d'Edimbourg 26
1050 Brx

sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir or Madam,

We hereby acknowledge the receipt of your request for access to documents
sent on 31/03/2023 and registered on 03/04/2023 under the case number
2023/2042.

We will handle your request within 15 working days as of the date of
registration. The time-limit expires on 27/04/2023. We will let you know
if we need to extend this time limit for additional 15 working days.

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Yours faithfully,

Secretariat-General - Access to Documents
European Commission

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sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Mrs Cann,

 

We are writing concerning your request for access to Commission documents
registered on 03/04/2023 under case number 2023/2042.

 

We are currently working on your request. However, we have not yet been
able to gather all the elements necessary to carry out a full analysis of
your request. We will not be able to send you the reply within the
prescribed time limit expiring on 27/04/2023.

 

Therefore, in line with Article 7(3) of [1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001,
we need to extend this time limit by 15 additional working days. The new
time limit expires on 23/05/2023.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Kind regards,

 

SG D Secretariat

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sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

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Dear Ms Cann,

Please find attached a message concerning your request for access to
Commission documents registered under the above case number 2023/2042.

Please acknowledge the receipt of this message by return email.

Kind regards,

SG.D2 Secretariat

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Thank you for the documents.

Yours faithfully,

Vicky Cann

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Thank you for the documents for request 2023/2042. I have now had the chance to go through them and have several questions and queries:

- It makes it rather difficult to handle the files as several of the 36 documents provided have been given exactly the same name or reference number. Next to no information is provided in the table about who the correspondence was to and from, to provide further clues.
- From what I can tell I am missing the following documents as per the first column in the document table provided: 1, 3, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 7, 10.2, 14, 16, 16.2, 24.2, 25.1, 25.2. It is not clear to me why these have not been sent. In some places the table mentions that certain documents are "out of scope" but it is not clear what this refers to. Surely if they are not relevant to the request they should not be listed at all. If some documents are not being released that should be properly explained within the rules of regulation 1049.
- I find some of the redactions extreme - for example, the removal of correspondence dates and the names of correspondents who are in the public eye such as MPs, CEOs etc.
- Finally I asked for lobbying on PFAS with particular regard to "businesses, trade associations, or think tanks". In fact hardly any of the documents relate to businesses, trade associations, or think tanks. Please could you confirm that this did form the focus of the document searches performed?

I can put all of this into a confirmatory application but perhaps it would be easier if these questions could be resolved bilaterally first?

Thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Vicky Cann

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, Generalsekretariat der Europäischen Kommission

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SG UNITE D-2, Generalsekretariat der Europäischen Kommission

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Dear Ms Cann

 

Thank you for your email dated 11 May. Please find below our reply to your
points as well as the Excel file of disclosed documents with further
explanatory comments.

 

- It makes it rather difficult to handle the files as several of the 36
documents provided have been given exactly the same name or reference
number. Next to no information is provided in the table about who the
correspondence was to and from, to provide further clues. – We understand
that it may not be easy to navigate through all the documents, please note
that some of the ‘documents’ listed are actually folders, ie 1, 3, 7
whereas the actual documents are numbered 3.2, 4.1 etc (the attached Excel
file provides further information).

 

- From what I can tell I am missing the following documents as per the
first column in the document table provided: 1, 3, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 7, 10.2,
14, 16, 16.2, 24.2, 25.1, 25.2. It is not clear to me why these have not
been sent. In some places the table mentions that certain documents are
"out of scope" but it is not clear what this refers to. Surely if they are
not relevant to the request they should not be listed at all. If some
documents are not being released that should be properly explained within
the rules of regulation 1049.  – Please see the excel table with the
additions clarifying that all the documents have been released - some
reference numbers are not documents but folders.

 

- Finally I asked for lobbying on PFAS with particular regard to
"businesses, trade associations, or think tanks". In fact hardly any of
the documents relate to businesses, trade associations, or think tanks.
Please could you confirm that this did form the focus of the document
searches performed?  - We confirm.

 

Best regards

SG.D2 Secretariat

 

 

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Dear SG UNITE D-2,

Thank you for the clarifications.

Yours sincerely,

Vicky Cann