To DG Clima, Dg Grow, DG Energy, Secretariat General,
From: Belen Balanya, Corporate Europe Observatory
Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels.
24 March 2022 RE: Access to Documents related to MidCat
Referring to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 on public access to EU documents and to the 'Aarhus Regulation', I would herewith like to ask for access to the following:
1- all correspondence (including email, SMS, private twitter and WhatsApp) since 1st January 2022 between Commissioner Simson, and/or her cabinet and/or officials from DG Energy with stakeholders in which MidCat was discussed.
2 - list of meetings since since 1st January 2022 between between Commissioner Simson, and/or her cabinet and/or officials from DG Energy with stakeholders in which MidCat was discussed.
3 - minutes of the meetings mentioned above
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.
To the extent possible, we prefer the documents in electronic format. Documents that cannot be sent in electronic format should be sent to Corporate Europe Observatory, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels.
Should my request be denied wholly or partially, please explain the denial or all deletions referring to specific exemptions in the regulation. Also I 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.
Thank you for your assistance.
Corporate Europe Observatory
Thank you for your e-mail of 24/03/2022. We hereby acknowledge receipt of
your application for access to documents, which was registered on
25/03/2022 under reference number GESTDEM 2022/1748.
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 20/04/2022. In case this time limit needs to
be extended, you will be informed in due course.
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Access to documents team (cr)
Dear Ms Balanya,
We refer to your e-mail of 24 March 2022, in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on the 25 of March 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 20
An extended time limit is needed as the application concerns documents
held by different Services, which must be 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 12 May 2022.
We apologize for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.
DG ENERGY – Access to documents team
Email: [email address]
2. mailto:[email address]
Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.
In conformity with Article 7(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (hereafter “the Regulation”), I hereby submits a confirmatory application regarding the Commission's implied refusal to provide the information I requested on 24 March 2022, registered as GESTDEM 2022/1748.
The last response by DG Energy dated 21 April set the new deadline for May 12, already expired.
I accordingly urge you to disclose the requested information in the shortest time possible.
Thank you for your email dated 17/05/2022 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
ENER in reply to your initial application GESTDEM 2022/1748.
We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 18/05/2022 (Ares(2022)3751871).
Your application will be handled within 15 working days (13/06/2022). In
case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due
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.
Access to documents team (cr)
Dear SG ACCES DOCUMENTS,
If needed you could use this number 32 (0)2 893 0930 but please do send the response to my confirmatory application also here
Please find attached the reply to your request, registered under reference
According to standard operational procedure, the reply is usually also
sent to you by registered post. Please note, however, that due to the
extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during to
the COVID-19 epidemics, which include the requirement for all Commission
non-critical staff to telework, we are unfortunately not in a position to
follow this procedure until further notice.
We would therefore appreciate if you could confirm receipt of the present
e-mail by replying to [email address]
ENER C4 ACCES DOCUMENTS
1. mailto:[email address]