Ref. Ares(2021)5184417 - 19/08/2021
DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR FINANCIAL STABILITY, FINANCIAL SERVICES AND CAPITAL
Policy planning and implementation, inter-institutional relations
Ms Rachel KNAEBEL
5, avenue Paul Langevin
email@example.com By e-mail only
Your application for access to documents – GESTDEM 2021/3337
We refer to your e-mail of 20 May 2021, in which you make a request for access to
documents, registered on 21 May 2021 under the above-mentioned reference number.
We apologise for the delay in answering and thank you for your understanding.
You request access to “all documentation (including but not limited to all email
correspondence, attendance lists, agendas, background papers, and minutes/notes)
relating to the following meeting […]: Deirdre O’Hea, 18/11/2020, Brussels (virtual),
American Chamber of Commerce Ireland (AmCham Ireland), -European Commission
priorities postCOVID -Priorities of Commissioner McGuinness -EUUS relationship”.
Please note that this reply only concerns the part of your request falling under the
responsibility of Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital
Markets Union. You received the replies from the Directorate-General for Trade on 15 July
After detailed searches, we have found that your application for documents related to the
meeting between Ms O’Hea and AmCham Ireland concerns the following document:
Ares(2020)5714459 – letter from AmCham Ireland to Mr Peter Power, Head of Cabinet of
the Commissioner Ms Mairéad McGuinness. You will find it in attachment.
A complete disclosure of the identified document 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 it contains the names and contact information of
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111
Commission staff members not pertaining to the senior management, and 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
arguments to establish the necessity to have the data transmitted for a specific purpose in the
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’
B-1049 Brussels, or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Unit
Electronically signed on 19/08/2021 12:38 (UTC+02) in accordance with article 11 of Commission Decision C(2020) 4482