New GM techniques (also called new breeding techniques) - II

Ihre Anfrage war teilweise erfolgreich.

Dear Secretariat General (SG),

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as
developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting from the office of the Vice-President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen (the Vice-President, his team, staff members) documents which contain the following information:

- Any documents since January 1st 2015, including briefings,
reports, correspondence (email or other), and a list of meetings
(also since January 1st 2015) with detailed minutes and any other
reports of such meetings, concerning the regulation of new plant
breeding within the EU.

- Any documents since January 1st 2015 including briefings,
reports, correspondence (email or other), and a list of meetings
(also since January 1st 2015) with detailed minutes and any other
reports of such meetings, concerning the policy process the
European Commission is considering to to determine the regulatory
status of new plant breeding techniques in the EU.

Of particular interest are any documents (as listed above) received
from and responding to new plant breeding developers and their
representatives, including but not limited to: Europabio, the New
Breeding Techniques Platform, the US Mission to the EU, the Biotechnology Industry
Organisation, the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO),
CropLife, the European Seed Association, lobby consultancies (such
as Schuttelaar & Partners) and individual companies and research

By new plant breeding methods, we mean those techniques that were
the subject of the New Techniques Working Group report (2012) and
the subject of various reports by the JRC.

I kindly urge you to not apply a rigid interpretation of the clause
on commercial secrets. Should this request be denied wholly or
partially, please explain the denial or all deletions referring to
specific exemptions in the regulation.

I would like to thank you for your swift dealing of previous
requests on this issue, and I look forward to a positive
consideration of this request.

Yours faithfully,

Nina Holland
Corporate Europe Observatory
Rue d'Edimbourg 26
1050 Brussels

Generalsekretariat der Europäischen Kommission

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Dear Ms Holland,


Thank you for your request dated 25/03/2016. We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents registered on 30/03/2016 under
the reference number GestDem 2016/1577.


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 20/04/2016. In case this time limit needs to
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Best regards,


Bernadett BERCZELI

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Dear Madame,
Please find attached document Ares(2016)2053620 regarding "R_Request for access to documents - GestDem 2016/1577 - Freedom of Information request - New GM techniques (also called new breeding techniques) - II" sent by Mr SLEATH William on 29/04/2016.

Best regards
Ligia Bartkiewicz - SG.E.1
on behalf of William SLEATH

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Dear Ms Berczeli,

Thank you very much for the documents.

I have one question: the 'decision tree' mentioned in the report of the meeting between Mr Katainen's cabinet and the NBT Platform (,
is it exactly the same as the 'cumulative multilevel analysis' from the NBT Platform's legal briefing ( , page 7)?

Thank you in advance for the clarification.

Yours sincerely,

Nina Holland