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Ref. Ares(2020)3944962 - 27/07/2020
EUROPEAN COMMISSION 
DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR MOBILITY AND TRANSPORT 
 
Directorate B - Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport 
  B.4 - Sustainable & Intelligent Transport 
Brussels  
MOVE.DDG1.B.4/CD 
Peter Teffer 
Ekko Voorkamer 
Bemuurde Weerd WZ 3 
3513 BH Utrecht 
The Netherlands 
 
ask+request-8360-
xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxx 
Subject: 
Your application for access to documents – GESTDEM 2020/4309 
Dear Mr Teffer, 
I refer to your e-mail of 14/07/2020 in which you make a request for access to 
documents, registered on 15/07/2020 under the above reference number GESTDEM 
2020/4309. 
In particular, you request access to the following: “All documents - including but not 
limited to minutes, (hand-written) notes, audio recordings, verbatim reports, operational 
conclusions, lines to take, briefings, e-mails, and presentations related to the meeting 
between Director-General Henrik Hololei and Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft 
(VOLKSWAGEN AG) that took place on 03/12/2019
”. 
Having examined your request, please find enclosed the following documents in the 
possession of Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport that we have identified as 
corresponding to your request:  
1.  Email correspondence of 29/10/2020 from Volkswagen AG to DG MOVE 
2.  Briefing prepared for Mr Hololei for the meeting 
Having examined the documents requested under the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 
1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission 
documents1 (hereinafter ‘Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001’), I have come to the conclusion 
that they may be partially disclosed. Some parts of the documents have been blanked out as 
their disclosure is prevented by exception to the right of access laid down in Article 4 of this 
Regulation. 
With regard to the two documents listed above, a complete disclosure of the identified 
documents is prevented by the exception concerning the protection of privacy and the 
                                                 
1 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 L 145, 31.5.2001, p. 43. 
 
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111 

 
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/initials and contact information of  Commission staff members not 
pertaining to the senior management;   

the names/initials and contact details of other natural persons.  
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 European Union legislation regarding the 
protection of personal data. 
The applicable legislation in this field is Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European 
Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with 
regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and 
agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 
and Decision No 1247/2002/EC2 (‘Regulation 2018/1725’). 
In particular, Article 3(1) of Regulation 2018/1725 provides that personal data ‘means any 
information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person […]’. The Court of Justice 
has specified that any information, which by reason of its content, purpose or effect, is 
linked to a particular person is to be considered as personal data3. 
In its judgment in Case C-28/08 P (Bavarian Lager)4, the Court of Justice ruled that when a 
request is made for access to documents containing personal data, the Data Protection 
Regulation becomes fully applicable5. 
Pursuant to Article 9(1)(b) of Regulation 2018/1725, ‘personal data shall only be 
transmitted to recipients established in the Union other than Union institutions and bodies if 
‘[t]he recipient establishes that it is necessary to have the data transmitted for a specific 
purpose in the public interest and the controller, where there is any reason to assume that the 
data subject’s legitimate interests might be prejudiced, establishes that it is proportionate to 
transmit the personal data for that specific purpose after having demonstrably weighed the 
various competing interests’. 
Only if these conditions are fulfilled and the processing constitutes lawful processing in 
accordance with the requirements of Article 5 of Regulation 2018/1725, can the 
transmission of personal data occur. 
According to Article 9(1)(b) of Regulation 2018/1725, the European Commission has to 
examine the further conditions for a lawful processing of personal data only if the first 
condition is fulfilled, namely if the recipient has established that it is necessary to have the 
                                                 
2 Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of 
natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies 
and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC, 
OC L 205 of 21.11.2018, p. 39. 
3 Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 20 December 2017 in Case C-434/16, Peter Nowak v Data 
Protection Commissioner, ECLI:EU:C:2017:994, paragraphs 33-35. 
4  Judgment of 29 June 2010 in Case C-28/08 P, European Commission v The Bavarian Lager Co. Ltd, 
EU:C:2010:378, paragraph 59. 
5 Whereas this judgment specifically related to 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 data, the principles set out therein are also applicable under the 
new data protection regime established by Regulation 2018/1725. 



 
data transmitted for a specific purpose in the public interest. It is only in this case that the 
European Commission has to examine whether there is a reason to assume that the data 
subject’s legitimate interests might be prejudiced and, in the affirmative, establish the 
proportionality of the transmission of the personal data for that specific purpose after having 
demonstrably weighed the various competing interests. 
In your request, you do not put forward any arguments to establish the necessity to have the 
data transmitted for a specific purpose in the public interest. Therefore, the European 
Commission does not have to examine whether there is a reason to assume that the data 
subject’s legitimate interests might be prejudiced. 
Notwithstanding the above, please note that there are reasons to assume that the legitimate 
interests of the data subjects concerned would be prejudiced by disclosure of the personal 
data reflected in the documents, as there is a real and non-hypothetical risk that such public 
disclosure would harm their privacy and subject them to unsolicited external contacts. 
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: 
European Commission 
Secretariat-General 
Unit C.1. ‘Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents’ 
BERL 7/076 
B-1049 Brussels 
 
or by email to: xxxxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxx.xx  
Yours sincerely, 
(e-signed) 
Claire DEPRE 
Head of Unit 

Electronically signed on 24/07/2020 19:12 (UTC+02) in accordance with article 4.2 (Validity of electronic documents) of Commission Decision 2004/563