Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,

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:

For the period between 2019 to date:

1. a list of all meetings and/or calls between the Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and the GD4S lobby group, including any Cabinet Members and/or officials, during which projects on synthetic fuels and/or projects on hydrogen were discussed.

The list should include: date, individuals attending and organisational affiliation, as well as the issues discussed;

- all minutes and other reports of these meetings and/or calls;

- all documents prepared for the purpose of the meetings issued both in preparation and after the meetings took place.
- all correspondence, including attachments (i.e. any emails, mail correspondence or telephone call notes) between the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs including any Cabinet Members and/or officials, and GD4S lobby group discussing “synthetic fuel” and/or “hydrogen ”.

2. all documents sent by the GD4S lobby group to the DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs related to their synthetic fuel projects and/or their hydrogen projects.

To the extent possible, I prefer documents in electronic format.
Should my request be denied wholly or partially, I kindly request to explain the denial or all redactions 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.

Please confirm receipt of this application. I look forward to receiving your reply within 15 business days, as established by the regulation.

Yours faithfully,

Francesca Cicculli
Investigative Reporting Project Italy
Viale Giulio Cesare, 92 - 00192 ROMA

GROW-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail of 13 December 2021. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 15 December 2021 under reference number GESTDEM 2021/8104.

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 14 January 2021. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

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Yours faithfully,

Access to Documents Team

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Dear Madam,

 

We refer to your e-mail dated 13/12/2021 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered under the above-mentioned reference
number.

 

The description given in your application does not enable us to identify
concrete documents which would correspond to your request. We therefore
invite you, pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001
regarding public access to documents, to provide us with more detailed
information on the documents that you seek to obtain. In particular:

-          Could you please confirm whether in your first point of your
request, “including any Cabinet Members and/or officials” concerns
specifically the Cabinet of Commissioner Thierry Breton to which DG GROW
depends?

-          Could you please confirm that you wish to have access to a list
created for the purpose of this request, rather than request access to an
existing document containing a list?

 

If you need assistance in clarifying or specifying your application,
please let us know.

 

In accordance with Article 2, third paragraph of the Implementing Rules to
Regulation 1049/2001, the 15 working days time limit for handling your
application will start running when we receive the requested
clarifications.

 

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

Kind regards,

 

DG GROW – Access to documents team

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG GROW/B1 – Planning and Briefings

 

 

Dear [email address],
below I answer your request for clarification.

1. Regarding the list request, I confirm that “Including any Cabinet Members and / or officials” concerns specifically the Cabinet of Commissioner Thierry Breton to which DG GROW depends.

2. I would like to receive the list of all meetings and calls between the Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and the GD4S lobby group, including any Cabinet Members and / or officials, during which projects on synthetic fuels and projects on hydrogen were discussed, together with all available documents relating to these meetings and calls

Yours sincerely,

Francesca Cicculli

GROW-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Dear Ms Cicculli,

Thank you for your additional precision regarding this request, for which the first deadline will now be 19/01/2022.

Kind regards,

GROW ATD Team

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Dear Madam,

 

We refer to your request for access to documents registered 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 expires today.

 

An extended time limit is needed as your application concerns 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 09/02/2022.

 

We apologize for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

DG GROW – Access to documents team

 

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG  GROW/B1 – Planning and Briefings

 

 

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Dear Ms Cicculli,

Please find enclosed the reply to your request for access to documents
registered under the above-mentioned reference number.

According to our standard operational procedure, the reply would normally
be sent to you also by registered mail. Please note, however, that due to
the extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during
to the COVID-19 pandemic, which include the requirement for the majority
of Commission non-critical staff to telework, we are unfortunately not in
a position to follow this procedure until further notice.

We would therefore appreciate it if you could confirm the receipt of this
e-mail by replying to [1][DG GROW request email]

Best regards,

DG GROW – Access to documents team

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG  GROW/B1 – Planning and Briefings

 

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