Ref. Ares(2020)2544586 - 14/05/2020
DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR ENERGY
Directorate A - Energy policy
A.1 – Strategy and Policy Coordination
By registered letter with acknowledgment
40 Bermondsey Street
Advance copy by email :
Dear Ms Holder,
Your application for access to documents – Ref GestDem No 2020/1504
We refer to your e-mail dated 13/03/2020 in which you make a request for access to
documents, registered on 14/03/2020 under the above-mentioned reference number.
You request access to:
All documentation, including but not limited to attendance lists, agendas, background
papers, minutes/notes and email correspondence about or summarising, the following
1. Between Shell Companies (Shell) and Commissioner Kadri Simson on 14/02/2020.
2. Between Global CCS Institute Ltd (GCCSI) and Commissioner Kadri Simson on
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111
Office: DM24 08/153 - Tel. direct line +32 229-20815
Your application concerns the following documents:
Minutes of meeting
Minutes of meeting Cabinet Commissioner
Institute Ltd (GCCSI)
I am glad to inform you that we can give you access to the two documents listed above,
subject only to the redaction of personal data.
A complete disclosure of the identified documents is prevented by the exception concerning
the protection of privacy and the integrity of the individual outlined in Article 4(1)(b) of
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, because they contain the following personal data:
the names of Commission staff members not pertaining to the senior management;
the names and contact details of other natural persons.
Article 9(1)(b) of the Data Protection Regulation does not allow the transmission of these
personal data, except if you prove that it is necessary to have the data transmitted to you
for a specific purpose in the public interest and where there is no reason to assume that
the legitimate interests of the data subject might be prejudiced. In your request, you do not
express any particular interest to have access to these personal data nor do you put forward
any arguments to establish the necessity to have the data transmitted for a specific purpose
in the public interest.
Consequently, I conclude that, pursuant to Article 4(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001, access cannot be granted to the personal data contained in the requested
documents, as the need to obtain access thereto for a purpose in the public interest has not
been substantiated and there is no reason to think that the legitimate interests of the
individuals concerned would not be prejudiced by disclosure of the personal data concerned.
In case you would disagree with this position, you are entitled, in accordance with Article
7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, to submit 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 Secretariat-General of the Commission at the following address:
Unit C.1. ‘Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents’
or by email to: email@example.com
Head of Unit
Electronically signed on 13/05/2020 19:54 (UTC+02) in accordance with article 4.2 (Validity of electronic documents) of Commission Decision 2004/563