Leonid Schneider

Dear European Research Council Executive Agency,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:
Mauro Ferrari resigned on 7.04.2020 as ERC President.
http://prod-upp-image-read.ft.com/65f5a2...
I herewith request the proposal as written by Dr Ferrari and mentioned in his resignation letter. If there are two versions (one for ERC governing body and one for EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen), I request both documents.

Quote from the referenced resignation letter:
"As it became evident that the pandemic would be a tragedy of possibly unprecedented proportions, I moved that the European Research Council should establish a special program directed at combating Covid-19. I believed this was justified by the expected burden of death, suffering, societal transformation, and economic devastation, especially striking the less fortunate, the weakest in the societies of the world. I thought that at a time like this, the very best scientists in the world should be provided with resources and opportunities to fight the pandemic, with new drugs, new vaccines, new diagnostic tools, new behavioral dynamic approaches based on science, to replace the oft-improvised intuitions of political leaders.
The proposal was rejected unanimously by the governing body of the ERC, without even considering what shape or form it may take, and to such an extent that my presidency became fully opposed by them, in every respect. The rejection of my motion was based on the notion that the ERC funds “Bottom-Up” research [...]
My disappointment was partially relieved, when President von der Leyen personally reached out asking for my input on how the pandemic might be addressed. Over a few days, I developed a plan, over several iterations, to which she contributed substantial directives. The very fact that I worked directly with her created an internal political thunderstorm. The proposal was passed on to different layers of European Commission administration, where I believe disintegrated upon impact. "

Yours faithfully,

Leonid Schneider

ve_ercea.acctodoc (ERCEA), Exekutivagentur des Europäischen Forschungsrats

[1]Ares(2020)1986371 - RE: access to documents request - Original COVID19
proposal designed by Mauro Ferrari

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Leonid Schneider

Dear ve_ercea.acctodoc (ERCEA),

here is my postal address

Leonid Schneider
Taunusstr 11
63526 Erlensee
Germany

Yours sincerely,

Leonid Schneider

ve_ercea.acctodoc (ERCEA), Exekutivagentur des Europäischen Forschungsrats

[1]Ares(2020)2037768 - RE: Ares(2020)1986371 - RE: access to documents
request - Original COVID19 proposal designed by Mauro Ferrari

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Dear Mr Schneider,

Thank you for your both emails dated 8 April 2020. We hereby acknowledge
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on 14 April 2020 under reference number Ares(2020)2037464.
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ERCEA ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
European Research Council Executive Agency
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Leonid Schneider

Dear ve_ercea.acctodoc (ERCEA),

It is more than clear that the document I requested doesn't have to be searched long. It was extremely widely circulated. But you still missed the deadline. Please kindly reply to my FOI request.

Yours sincerely,

Leonid Schneider

ve_ercea.acctodoc(ERCEA), Exekutivagentur des Europäischen Forschungsrats

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Please find attached document Ares(2020)2397517 from ERCEA Access to documents of 06/05/2020.