Meetings between President and BusinessEurope in 2020 and 2021

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Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Referring to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 on public access to EU documents and to the 'Aarhus Convention' I would herewith like to ask for access to the following:

All documents—including but not limited to correspondence, emails, minutes (hand written or electronic), notes (hand written or electronic), meeting conclusions, audio or video recordings, verbatim reports, operational conclusions, lines to take, briefings, and presentations—related to the following meetings between the cabinet of President Ursula von der Leyen and BusinessEurope:
- 15th May 2020 (Meeting with the President and Director-General BusinessEurope)
- 2nd March 2020 (The policy-makers / business dialogue conc. the green deal)
- 23rd April 2021 (Sustainable Corporate Governance)

In consideration of the environment and the current circumstances with the COVID pandemic I would prefer to receive documents electronically.

I would like to make clear I prefer you produce the documents on a rolling basis. At no point should the Commission's search for—or deliberations concerning—certain documents delay the production of others that the Commission has already retrieved and elected to produce.

Should my request be denied wholly or partially, please explain the denial or all deletions referring to specific exemptions in the regulation.

Also I would expect the partial release of documents in case of partial exemption according to article 4.6. I reserve the right to appeal.

Please confirm having received this application. I look forward to your reply within 15 business days, according to the regulation.

If anything is unclear or would benefit from further discussion please do not hesitate to contact me by email. My address for any written correspondence necessary is Rachel Cox, Global Witness, Rue du Commerce 31, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgique.

Yours faithfully,

Rachel Cox

ve_sg.accessdoc (SG), Generalsekretariat der Europäischen Kommission

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[5]Your access to documents request - Meetings between President and
BusinessEurope in 2020 and 2021 - GESTDEM 2021/3234 & 2021/3235 -

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Dear Madam,


Thank you for your e-mail of 12 May 2021. We hereby acknowledge receipt of
your application for access to documents, which was registered on
18/05/2021 under reference number GESTDEM 2021/3234 and 2021/3235 for
which you will receive separate replies.


In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to
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Please find attached document Ares(2021)3622164 from Mr Julien MOUSNIER (SG.E.1) dated 02/06/2021.

ve_sg.d2 (SG), Generalsekretariat der Europäischen Kommission

[1]GESTDEM 2021/3235 access to documents request - deadline extension -

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Dear Ms Cox,

I refer to your request dated 17/05/2021, registered on 18/05/2021, in
which you make a request for access to documents under the above mentioned
reference number. Your application is currently being handled. However, we
will not be in a position to complete the handling of your application
within the time limit of 15 working days, which expired on 10/06/2021.
An extended time limit is needed as the handling of your application could
not yet be completed at this stage. 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 01/07/2021.

I apologise for any inconvenience this delay may cause.

Yours sincerely,

European Commission
Unit D-2

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