Ref. Ares(2022)215869 - 12/01/2022
DIRECTORATE-GENERAL JUSTICE AND CONSUMERS
Ms Naomi Hirst,
Global Witness, Rue Belliard 53,
By e-mail: ask+request-10324-
Your application for access to documents – Ref GestDem No 2021/7967
Dear Mr Teffer,
We refer to your e-mail of 3 December 2021 in which you make a request for access to
documents, registered on 7 December 2021 under the above mentioned reference
You request access to:
“All documents—including but not limited to correspondence, emails, minutes, notes
(hand written or electronic), audio or video recordings, verbatim reports, operational
conclusions, lines to take, briefings, and presentations—related to the meeting on 2021-
12-01 between Lucrezia Busa and Google
We regret to inform you that the Commission does not hold any documents that would
correspond to the description given in your application.
We would like to note that Lucrezia Busa, Member of Didier Reynders’ Cabinet did not
hold a meeting with Google on that day. The meeting was originally scheduled, and hence
put in the register, but did not take place in the end.
As specified in Article 2(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, the right of access as
defined in that regulation applies only to existing documents in the possession of the
Given that no such documents, corresponding to the description given in your
application, are held by the Commission, the Commission is not in a position to fulfil
In accordance with Article 7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, you are entitled to make
a confirmatory application requesting the Commission to review this position.
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË
Such a confirmatory application should be addressed within 15 working days upon receipt
of this letter to the Secretariat-General of the Commission at the following address:
Transparency, Document Management & Access to Documents (SG.C.1)
or by email to: email@example.com
According to standard operational procedure, the reply to a request for access to documents
is usually sent by registered post. Please note, however, that due to the extraordinary health
and security measures currently in force during the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electronically signed on 12/01/2022 13:05 (UTC+01) in accordance with article 11 of Commission Decision C(2020) 4482