Ref. Ares(2018)5550812 - 30/10/2018
The Deputy Secretary-General
SG E3/SK/lm Ares (2018) 6122072
By registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt
Büro Petra Sitte MdB
Plate der Republik 1
Germany Advance copy by email:
[FOI #6021 email]
Your application for access to documents – Ref GestDem No 2018/5452
Dear Mr Simon,
We refer to your request for access to documents, registered on 23/10/2018 under the
above mentioned reference number.
You request access to : The content of the flash cards employed in meetings on trade
policy between Donald Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker in July 2018, as described in
The briefing material used by the President of the Commission in his meetings with
Heads of State or Government of third countries falls under the exception of Article 4 (1)
lit a of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of
30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission
documents, OJ L145/43, 31.5.2001.
Giving access to this briefing material, used for a high-level meeting between political
leaders, would undermine the protection of the EU public interest concerning
international relations, in this case specifically the relations with the United States of
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111
Therefore, I regret to inform you that the material used by President Juncker in his
meeting with President Trump, to which you requested access, cannot be shared.
In accordance with Article 7(2) of Regulation 1049/2001, you are entitled 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-C-1
or by email to: [DG SG request email]