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EUROPEAN COMMISSION 
 
 
Brussels, 18.1.2018 
C(2018) 444 final 
 
 
Mr P. TEFFER 
EU Observer 
Rue Montoyer 18B 
1000 Brussels  
 
 
 
 
DECISION OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL ON BEHALF OF THE COMMISSION PURSUANT 
TO ARTICLE 4 OF THE IMPLEMENTING RULES TO REGULATION (EC) N° 1049/20011 
Subject: 
Your confirmatory application for access to documents under 
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 - GESTDEM 2017/5470 

Dear Mr Teffer, 
I refer to your email of 24 October 2017, registered on 25 October 2017, in which you 
submit a confirmatory application in accordance with Article 7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 
1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission 
documents2 ('Regulation 1049/2001').  
I sincerely apologise for the delay in responding to your confirmatory application. 
1.  SCOPE OF YOUR REQUEST 
In your initial application of 7 September 2017, addressed to the Secretary-General and 
forwarded to the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST), you 
requested access to the joint letter sent by the European Commission and EU consumer 
authorities to the CEO of Volkswagen. 

The Commission has identified the following two documents as falling under the scope 
of your request: 
                                                 

Official Journal L 345 of 29.12.2001, p. 94. 
2    Official Journal L 145 of 31.5.2001, p. 43. 
 
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111 
http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/secretariat_general/ 
E-mail: [email address]  
 

(1) Letter of 6 September 2017 addressed to Mr Müller (Chairman of the Board of 
the Volkswagen Company) by Ms Astola (Director General of DG JUST) and Ms 
Van Buchem (Director Consumers of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers 
and Markets); and 
(2) Its attached Common Position of national authorities within the Consumer 
Protection Cooperation ('CPC')3. 
These documents were drafted in the framework of Regulation (EC) No. 2006/2004 of 
the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 2004 on cooperation between 
national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws (the 
Regulation on consumer protection cooperation)
4. 
That Regulation has as its objective, to lay down the conditions under which the 
competent authorities in the Member States designated as responsible for the 
enforcement of the laws that protects consumers' interests shall cooperate with each 
other and with the Commission in order to ensure compliance with those laws and the 
smooth functioning of the internal market and in order to enhance the protection of 
consumers' economic interests
5. 
In this instance, the requested letter, including the position attached thereto, were drafted 
by the European Commission, acting as a facilitator, and the national consumer 
protection authorities, in order to express the concerns of the latter regarding the repair 
and the guarantee of the Volkswagen group's diesel cars affected by the use of software 
in violation of Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No. 715/2007 of the European Parliament 
and of the Council of 20 June 2007 on type approval of motor vehicles with respect to 
emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles (Euro 5 and Euro 6) and on 
access to vehicle repair and maintenance information. 

In its initial reply of 12 October 2017, DG JUST refused access to the requested 
documents on the basis of the exception laid down in Article 4, paragraph 2, third indent 
of Regulation 1049/2001, for the protection of the purpose of investigations.  
 
Through your confirmatory application, you request a review of this position. 
 
2.  ASSESSMENT AND CONCLUSIONS UNDER REGULATION 1049/2001 
When assessing a confirmatory application for access to documents submitted pursuant 
to Regulation 1049/2001, the Secretariat-General conducts a fresh review of the reply 
given by the Directorate-General concerned at the initial stage. 
Following this review, I would like to inform you that the investigation in question has 
progressed sufficiently in the meantime, for the above-mentioned authorities to agree to 
the disclosure of their common position.  
                                                 
3 Both documents are registered under Ares(2017)4350353. 
4 Hereafter 'the Regulation on consumer protection cooperation'. 
5 Article 1. 



 
Consequently, the requested documents are now publicly available at the following link: 
http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/just/item-detail.cfm?item_id=611369 
Yours sincerely, 
 
 
For the Commission 
Alexander ITALIANER 
Secretary-General 

 
 
 


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