Penalties notification regulation (EU) 2015/2283

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Dear Madam, Sir,

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:

- A list of which member states have notified by 1 January 2018 the European Commission on the implementation of the provisions on penalties, as required by article 29 of regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of 25 November 2015

- The content of all member states' notifications of the provisions on penalties, as required by article 29 of regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of 25 November 2015.

- The content of any communication from the European Commission to member states about the provisions on penalties from article 29 of the same regulation.

I'm looking forward to receiving your reply.

All the best,
Peter Teffer

postal address:
EUobserver
Rue Montoyer 18B
1000 Brussels
Belgium

PS: I have noticed that the Commission sometimes send both a digital and a paper version by registered mail of your response. Please only send paper versions of your communication if you do not intend to send a digital copy. The physical mail always reaches me later than e-mail, so paper versions are environmentally wasteful and somewhat inefficient.

Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit

Dear Mr Teffer,

Thank you for your email dated 8 January 2018.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered today (9 January 2018) under reference number GestDem 2018/197.

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 30 January 2018.

In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

You have lodged your application via the AsktheEU.org website. Please note that this is a private website which has no link with any institution of the European Union. Therefore, the European Commission cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to the use of this system.

Yours faithfully,

SANTE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
European Commission
DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
Email: [DG SANTE request email]

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Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit

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Message to the attention of Mr Teffer:

 

Dear Sir,

 

Please find attached our letter ref. Ares 570200 dated 31 January 2018
concerning your application for access to documents (Ref. GestDem No
2018/197).

 

Please note that our letter is sent by e-mail only.

 

Best regards,

 

European Commission

Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety

E2 – Food processing technologies and novel foods

 

Dear Mr Verstraete,

I thank you for your letter dated 31 January about my application for access to documents, which was registered on 9 January 2018 under reference number GestDem 2018/197.

In it, you ask for an extended period to reply. Tomorrow is the last day of that extended period, and this e-mail serves to provide a friendly reminder of that.

Hoping all is well,
Peter Teffer

Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit

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Dear Mr Teffer,

 

 

Please find attached a copy of the letter from Mr Bruno Gautrais, Head of
Unit, and the annexes concerning the above-mentioned request.

 

The original letter will follow by registered mail.

 

 

 

Best regards,

 

 

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European Commission

DG Health and Food Safety
SANTE E2 - Food processing technologies and novel foods

 

 

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Dear Madam, Sir,

Thanks for your reply to my request. Unfortunately, the xls-document refers to pdf's which are not attached. They refer to a computer location U:\NOVEL FOOD\IMPLEMENTATION\ rather than to an internet link.

Could you send the pdf's separately?

Many thanks,
Peter

Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit

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Dear Mr Teffer,

Thank you for informing us that you could not open the PDFs that were embedded in the Excel sheet.

We are now sending you the annexes as separate documents.

Kind regards,

SANTE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

European Commission
DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
Email: [DG SANTE request email]

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Dear Madam, Sir,

Many thanks for taking the effort to send the PDFs separately.

All the best,
Peter

Dear Madam, Sir,

I would like to come back to the response you gave me to my access to documents request title 'Penalties notification regulation (EU) 2015/2283'. After having read the documents (and having published an article about it - https://euobserver.com/health/141248) I realised that DG SANTE has taken a positive approach to answering to my request.

You could have, like other DG's have in the past when I asked them about penalty notifications, simply said that by 1 January 2018 the Commission had received nothing, and that's that. Instead, you used the time you had to reply by reaching out to the member states and reminding them of their obligation to notify the Commission. And quite successfully.

By doing this, I think you went beyond the legal obligations under the EU's access to documents request, which normally only applies to information that already 'exists' in the form of documents. This proactive approach, which is perhaps more in line with the spirit of transparency than the alternative route you could have taken, is commendable.

For that, I'd like to offer my sincere thanks.

All the best,
Peter Teffer