Travel expenses for Commissioner Hill, Mar & Apr 2016

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Dear Secretariat General,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, and under the same circumstances and with the same arguments put forward in requests GESTDEM 2016/5975, 2016/6006, 2016/6010, 2016/6050, I hereby request the following documents:

The travel expenses of Commissioner King, for the period 1 March to 30 April 2016, as contained in the relevant mission summary fiches/settlement of mission expenses.

Yours faithfully

Gemma Humphrys
[postal address]

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Further to my request, I realised that the UK European Commissioner at the time was Commissioner Jonathan Hill, not Julian King. Therefore, I hereby request the following documents:

The travel expenses of Commissioner Jonathan Hill, for the period 1 March to 30 April 2016, as contained in the relevant mission summary fiches/settlement of mission expenses.

Yours faithfully,

Gemma Humphrys

Generalsekretariat der Europäischen Kommission

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Dear G. Humphrys,
 
Thank you for your e-mail  dated  25/01/2017.  We hereby acknowledge
receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered
on 25/01/2017 under GESTDEM 2017/428  reference.
 
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
15/02/2017. 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,
 
ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM
European Commission
Secretariat General
Unit B4 – Transparency
 

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Generalsekretariat der Europäischen Kommission

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Dear G. Humphrys,
 
Thank you for your e-mail  dated  25/01/2017.  We hereby acknowledge
receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered
on 25/01/2017 under GESTDEM 2017/430  reference.
 
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
15/02/2017. 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,
 
ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM
European Commission
Secretariat General
Unit B4 – Transparency
 
 

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Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

By law, EU institutions have the obligation to answer requests within 15 working days. My request still has not received a response after 16 working days. I would appreciate being informed of why there has been a delay.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Gemma Humphrys

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Following my request for access to EU documents registered with GESTDEM reference number 2017/430, I am hereby submitting a confirmatory application under Article 7(4) of EU Regulation 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (“the Regulation”). [1]

FACTUAL BACKGROUND

On Wednesday 25 January 2017, I requested “the travel expenses of Commissioner Jonathan Hill, for the period 1 March to 30 April 2016, as contained in the relevant mission summary fiches/settlement of mission expenses” via the AsktheEU.org website.

On the same day, the Commission acknowledged receipt of the application and registered it with GESTDEM reference number 2017/430.

Since registering my request, the Commission has failed to communicate with me at all regarding my request, violating Articles 7(1) and 7(3) of the Regulation. [2]

ASSESSMENT

The Commission has violated Articles 7(1) and 7(3) of the Regulation.

The Commission has failed to comply with its obligations in Articles 7(1) of the Regulation to answer my request for access to EU documents within the prescribed time limit of 15 working days. I have not received any communication from the Commission since my request was registered.

If it is the case that an extension has been applied as per Article 7(2) [3] of the Regulation, then the Commission has failed to inform me about such an extension, something that is required by Article 7(3) of the Regulation. Even if an extension has been applied, the overall time limit for answering (15 working days plus a 15 working day extension) has also expired.

I therefore ask that the Commission inform me immediately and at most within 10 working days about the status of my request.

Yours faithfully

Gemma Humphrys

NOTES

[1] “Article 7(4) Failure by the institution to reply within the prescribed time-limit shall entitle the applicant to make a confirmatory application.”

[2] “Article 7(1) An application for access to a document shall be handled promptly. An acknowledgement of receipt shall be sent to the applicant. Within 15 working days from registration of the application, the institution shall either grant access to the document requested and provide access in accordance with Article 10 within that period or, in a written reply, state the reasons for the total or partial refusal and inform the applicant of his or her right to make a confirmatory application in accordance with paragraph 2 of this Article.
(3) In exceptional cases, for example in the event of an application relating to a very long document or to a very large number of documents, the time-limit provided for in paragraph 1 may be extended by 15 working days, provided that the applicant is notified in advance and that detailed reasons are given.”

[3] “Article 7(2) In the event of a total or partial refusal, the applicant may, within 15 working days of receiving the institution's reply, make a confirmatory application asking the institution to reconsider its position.”