Dear Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion,

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:

The minutes and supporting documents (reports, presentations, etc.) of the meetings:
1. Between BUSINESSEUROPE and Commissioner Marianne Thyssen on 21 September 2015
2. Between BUSINESSEUROPE and Inge Bernaerts on 14 July 2015
3 Between BUSINESSEUROPE and Inge Bernaerts on 9 December 2014

Yours faithfully,

Bryan Carter

Generaldirektion Beschäftigung, Soziales und Integration

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your request for access to documents.

Unfortunately you have not indicated your postal address that is required for registering and handling your request in line with the procedural requirements.

Please send us your full postal address at your earliest convenience. Pending your reply, we reserve the right to refuse the registration of your request.

You may, of course, use directly the electronic form for entering your request:

http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/...

Best regards,

Carlos Remis
SG.B.4
Transparence
Berl. 05/315

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Dear Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion,

My apologies for not including my postal address. Please find it here under my signature.

Yours faithfully,

Bryan Carter
[postal address]
[postal address]
[postal address]

Generaldirektion Beschäftigung, Soziales und Integration

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Dear Sir,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 06/01/2017. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 06/01/2017 under reference number GestDem 2017/90.

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 27/01/2017.

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

Yours faithfully,

Carlos Remis
SG.B.4
Transparence
Berl. 05/315

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Generaldirektion Beschäftigung, Soziales und Integration

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Dear Mr Carter,
 
Please find attached an advance copy in reply to your request.
 
Kind regards,
 
EMPL SOCIAL DIALOGUE TEAM
 
 
 
 

Dear Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion,

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request 'Request for minutes of meetings by staff'.

In your letter dated 27 January 2017, you write that no documents were found in relation to the two meetings between BUSINESS EUROPE and Inge Bernaerts on 9 December 2014 and 14 July 2015. Could you please check again? I am interested in any document pertaining to these meetings, whether they are minutes, supporting documents, recorded presentations, reports or conclusions of the meetings.

In your letter you also indicate that you cannot disclose the documents and minutes of the meeting between Marianne Thyssen and BUSINESS EUROPE, citing the exceptions laid down in Article 4 of Regulation 1049/2001 as well as articles 152, 154 and 155 of the TFEU.

For the latter, I don't see how the disclosure of the documents would undermine the capacity of BUSINESS EUROPE to act as a social partner, nor how it would undermine the decision-making process of the Commission. Your letter fails to give specific and effective arguments supporting this claim. Can you please explain in more details what you mean?

BUSINESS EUROPE is officially registered in the transparency register as non-profit aisbl (association internationale sans but lucratif). Therefore, how could the disclosure of the documents "undermine the protection of commercial interests of BUSINESS EUROPE", as you write in your letter, since BUSINESS EUROPE has no commercial interest of its own? Please explain.

As you know, the European Court of Justice has already ruled (as in Joined Cases C 39/05 P and C 52/05 P Sweden and Turco v Council [2008]) that the institutions need to be more specific when using the exceptions of article 4 and give clear details as to how the disclosure of documents would “specifically” and “effectively” undermine interests. I would therefore ask you to be more specific in your answer.

Furthermore, there is clear overriding public interest in disclosing the documents, and failure to do so could only reinforce the suspicion around the Commission's decision-making process and independence towards lobby groups. BUSINESS EUROPE is a heavyweight in the Brussels decision-making process, and its meeting with commissionner Marianne Thyssen comes at a time of important reforms in terms of labour rules, employment and social affairs in Europe. It is important for the public to understand what the employers organisation have to share with the Commissioner overseeing these changes, and whether or not the reforms are independent from any other interest than the European public interest. I trust that the commission understands the necessity of transparency on matters that directly concern workers and citizens in Europe.

A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/requ...

Yours faithfully,

Bryan Carter

Generaldirektion Beschäftigung, Soziales und Integration

Dear Mr Carter,

Thank you for your email dated 04 February 2017, 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 Employment in reply to your initial application GESTDEM 2017/0090.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access to documents which was registered on 06 February 2017 (Ares(2017) 643397).

Your application will be handled within 15 working days (27/02/2017). In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

Please be informed that the answer to your confirmatory application is a formal Commission decision that will be notified to you by express delivery. We kindly offer you the possibility to provide us a contact phone number (by email to [email address]), 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.

Yours sincerely,

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (PS)
European Commission
Secretariat General
Unit SG.B4 – Transparency

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Veuillez trouver ci-joint le document Ares(2017)676098 concernant "Reply- access to documents request - Minutes and documents on staff meetings with organisations - GestDem 2017/0097" envoyé par M HOLOLEI Henrik le 07/02/2017.

Please find attached document Ares(2017)676098 regarding "Reply- access to documents request - Minutes and documents on staff meetings with organisations - GestDem 2017/0097" sent by Mr HOLOLEI Henrik on 07/02/2017.

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Dear Mr. Carter,

 

Please find attached the reply and related documents to your
aforementioned Request for Access to Documents (Ref GestDem No. 2017/99).

 

Hard copies of the documents have also been sent to you by post.

 

Best regards,

 

 

The Maritime Transport and Logistics Team

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Dear Mr Carter,

 

Please find attached a note for your attention regarding your confirmatory
application GestDem 2017/0090.

 

Best regards,

 

 

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS (NL)

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Dear Mr Carter,

 

Please find attached a note for your attention regarding your confirmatory
application GestDem 2017/0090.

 

Best regards,

 

 

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS Team

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Dear Mr Carter,

 

Please find attached an advance information copy of the confirmatory
decision taken on your request for access to documents registered under
GestDem number 2017/90, adopted on 22/03/2017 in the above-mentioned case.

 

Please note that the Secretariat General of the European Commission will
proceed with the formal notification of the decision in the coming days.

 

This advance copy is solely sent for your information and is not the
formal notification of the confirmatory decision.

 

Best regards,

 

Bernadett BERCZELI

 

European Commission

Secretariat General

B4 - Transparency

 

 

 

EC ARES NOREPLY, Generaldirektion Beschäftigung, Soziales und Integration

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Please find attached document Ares(2017)3179110 regarding "reply - Access to documents request gestdem 2017/3427 - Documents and minutes on staff meetings with organisations" sent by Mr LIEGEOIS Eddy on 26/06/2017.

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Dear Ms Wedenborg,

 

We refer to your email dated 14/03/2018 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 15/03/2018 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 which you seek to obtain, such as
references, dates or periods during which the documents would have been
produced, persons or bodies who drafted the documents etc.

 

If you need assistance in clarifying or specifying your application, you
can contact us:

·         by email to: [email address]

·         by telephone to: (+32) (0) 2 279784

 

The 15 working days the time limit for handling your application will
start running when we receive the requested clarifications.

 

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Andreea HINCU on behalf of Mr Jörg TAGGER, Acting Head of Unit

Administrative Assistant Unit A2/Socila Dialogue

DG Employment and Social Affairs

 

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