Sustainable corporate governance

Olivier Hoedeman made this Informationsfreiheit request to Generaldirektion Handel

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Dear DG Trade,

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:

- all reports (and other notes) from meetings with representatives of companies, lobby groups (such as BusinessEurope, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie, CSR Europe and others), consultancies and think-tanks about the European Commission's initiative on sustainable corporate governance and issues around EU corporate due diligence legislation more generally (since May 1st 2020).

- all correspondence (including emails and their attachments) with representatives of companies, lobby groups , consultancies and think-tanks about the European Commission's initiative on sustainable corporate governance and issues around EU corporate due diligence legislation more generally (since May 1stl 2020).

- a list of all the above-mentioned documents (including dates, names of participants/senders/recipients and their affiliation, subject of meeting/correspondence).

Yours sincerely,

Olivier Hoedeman
on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Rue d'Edimbourg 26,
1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel. +32 (0)2 893 0930, Generaldirektion Handel

Dear Mr Hoedeman,


Thank you for your e-mail of 21 December 2020. We hereby acknowledge
receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered
on 22 December 2020 under reference number GESTDEM 2020/7943.


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 21
January 2021. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.


You have lodged your application via a private third-party 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.


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Yours sincerely,

Access to Documents Team


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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

We refer to your application registered under the following number:
GESTDEM 2020/7943.

Your application is currently being handled. However, the process of
identification of the documents involving numerous services has taken more
time that we thought so we will not be in a position to complete the
handling of your application within the time limit of 15 working days,
which is expiring today.

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 11 February

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

Kind regards,

Access to Documents Team

European Commission



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Dear applicant,

Please find attached the reply to your request for access to documents, registered under reference GestDem 2020/7943.

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

We would therefore appreciate if you could confirm receipt of the present e-mail by replying to [DG TRADE request email].

Best regards,