Dear Ms. Down,

We refer to your e-mail dated 20/09/2019 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered on 20/09/2019 under the above mentioned reference number.

Your request refers to “all details and minutes related to meetings between the Secretariat General and law firms or outside experts on the subject of intellectual property, trademarks, and brand protection since December 01, 2015; all correspondence--including emails and WhatsApp messages--between the Secretariat General and law firms or outside experts on the subject of intellectual property and brand protection since December 01, 2015”.

We note that the scope of request for is very broad, and search of documents only by these key words might not produce sufficient and precise outcome.

We therefore invite you, pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to documents, to provide us with more detailed information on the documents, which you seek to obtain. Where possible, please include references, dates or periods during which the documents would have been produced, persons or bodies who drafted the documents, as well as any specific topics or policy areas. Where relevant, please refer to the public register of documents.

If you need assistance in clarifying or specifying your application, you can contact us:

· by email to: [email address]

· by telephone to: (+32) (0) 22 91 35 39

In accordance with Article 2, third paragraph of the Implementing Rules to Regulation 1049/2001[1], the 15 working days time limit for handling your application will start running when we receive the requested clarifications.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Yours faithfully,


European Commission

Secretariat General

SG.DSG2.E.1 - Competitiveness, Innovation & Digital Europe
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium

[1] Official Journal L 345 of 29.12.2001, p. 94.