Ref. Ares(2018)2088812 - 19/04/2018
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Consumer, Environmental and Health Technologies
Rue d'Edimbourg 26
By registered letter with acknowledgment of
Advance copy by email: [FOI #5108 email]
Your application for access to documents – Ref GestDem No 2018/1793
We refer to your e-mail dated 23/03/2018 in which you make a request for access to documents,
registered on 26/03/2018 under the above mentioned reference number.
As follow up to the reply to GestDem No 2018/0657, you request access to:
"- document 7 mentions a meeting on 18 December 2017 and a meeting to be held in week
commencing 8 January 2018. I have not received those minutes.
- document 4 mentions a "meeting earlier this week" which could be the meeting on 18 December
referred to above. It also mentioned a new draft of the voluntary commitments draft which was
not included in the set of documents. The list of documents provided mentions an attachment to
document 4 but this was not provided".
Attached you will find the requested meeting minutes:
Meeting between DG GROW/D2 and EuPC, PlasticsEurope, PET Core Europe, VinylPlus,
Borealis, Polystyrene initiative, Carpet&Rug association of 18 December 2017 on voluntary
commitments regarding the European Plastics Strategy (Ares Ref. (2018)1991728);
Meeting between DG GROW/D2 and EuPC, PlasticsEurope, PET Core Europe,
VinylPlus, PRE, Borealis, Polystyrene initiative, Carpet&Rug association of 8 January
2018 on voluntary commitments regarding the European Plastics Strategy (Ares
Moreover and as regards our reply to GestDem No 2018/0657 (Ares Ref. (2018)1585925 -
22/03/2018), we confirm that the wording in document 4 of a "meeting earlier this week" refers to
the meeting held on 18 December 2017. The text in document 4 refers to the draft of the voluntary
commitment, which was attached as document 4a in our reply to GestDem No 2018/0657. We attach
document 4a for your information (Ares Ref. (2018)1373834).
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111
The documents to which you have requested access contain personal data.
Pursuant to Article 4(1) (b) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, access to a document has to be
refused if its disclosure would undermine the protection of privacy and the integrity of the
individual, in particular in accordance with Community legislation regarding the protection of
personal data. The applicable legislation in this field is Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the
European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals
with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on
the free movement of such data1.
When access is requested to documents containing personal data, Regulation (EC) No 45/2001
becomes fully applicable2.
According to Article 8(b) of this Regulation, personal data shall only be transferred to recipients if
they establish the necessity of having the data transferred to them and if there is no reason to assume
that the legitimate rights of the persons concerned might be prejudiced.
We consider that, with the information available, the necessity of disclosing the aforementioned
personal data to you has not been established and/or that it cannot be assumed that such disclosure
would not prejudice the legitimate rights of the persons concerned. Therefore, we are disclosing a
version of the documents requested in which these personal data have been redacted.
In case you would disagree with the assessment that the redacted data are personal data which can
only be disclosed if such disclosure is legitimate under the applicable rules on the protection of
personal data, you are entitled, in accordance with Article 7(2) of Regulation 1049/2001, to make a
confirmatory application requesting the Commission to review this position.
Such a confirmatory application should be addressed within 15 working days upon receipt of this
letter to the Secretary-General of the Commission at the following address:
Transparency unit SG-B-4
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Head of Unit
1 Official Journal L 8 of 12.1.2001, p. 1
2 Judgment of the Court of Justice of the EU of 29 June 2010 in case 28/08 P, Commission/The Bavarian
Lager Co. Ltd
, ECR 2010 I-06055.
Electronically signed on 19/04/2018 11:21 (UTC+02) in accordance with article 4.2 (Validity of electronic documents) of Commission Decision 2004/563