Access to Documents DG Industry and TEN-E regulation revision

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From: Frida Kieninger, Food & Water Action Europe

Rue d'Edmibourg 26
1050 Ixelles
Belgium

24 July 2020

RE: Access to Documents related to the TEN-E revision

Dear madams/sirs,

Referring to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 on public access to EU documents and to the 'Aarhus Regulation' (see note), I would herewith like to ask for access to the following:

1- all correspondence (including email) between 1st December 2019 and 12 July 2020 between Commissioner Breton, and/or his cabinets and/or officials from DG Industry on one hand and representatives from IOGP, Shell, Total, BP, Equinor, ZEP, the Global CCS Institute, Hydrogen Europe, the Hydrogen Council, Business Europe, the European Roundtable for Industry, GasNaturally, Eurogás, ENTSO-G, Snam, Enagás, Fluxys, Open Grid Europe, GRTGaz, Teréga, Eurofer, ArcelorMittal, FTI Consulting, Fleishman Hillard, Alstom, Engie, Air Liquide, Toyota, Gas for Climate consortium, Gas Infrastructure Europe on the other, in which the revision of TEN-E was addressed.

2 - list of meetings between 1st December 2019 and 12 July 2020 between officials and representatives of DG Industry on one hand and representatives from IOGP, Shell, Total, BP, Equinor, ZEP, the Global CCS Institute, Hydrogen Europe, the Hydrogen Council, Business Europe, the European Roundtable for Industry, GasNaturally, Eurogás,ENTSO-G, Snam, Enagás, Fluxys, Open Grid Europe, GRTGaz, Teréga, Eurofer, ArcelorMittal, FTI Consulting, Fleishman Hillard, Alstom, Engie, Air Liquide, Toyota, Gas for Climate consortium, Gas Infrastructure Europe on the other, in which the revision of TEN-E was addressed.

3 - minutes of the meetings mentioned above

I would like to make clear I prefer you produce the documents on a rolling basis.

At no point should the Commission’s search for—or deliberations concerning—certain documents delay the production of others that the Commission has already retrieved and elected to produce.

To the extent possible, we prefer the documents in electronic format. Documents that cannot be sent in electronic format should be sent to Food & Water Action Europe, rue d'Edimbourg 26, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium.

Should my request be denied wholly or partially, please explain the denial or all deletions referring to specific exemptions in the regulation. Also I expect the partial release of documents, in case of partial exemption according to article 4.6.

I reserve the right to appeal.

Please confirm having received this application. I look forward to your reply within 15 business days, according to the regulation.

Thank you for your assistance.

Frida Kieninger,

Food & Water Action Europe

Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Dear Ms Kieninger,

Thank you for your e-mail of 24/07/2020. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 27/07/2020 under reference number GESTDEM 2020/4590.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, your application will be handled within 15 working days. The time limit will expire on 17/08/2020. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

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Dear Ms Kieninger,

Please find attached document Ares(2020)4240931 from JORNA Kerstin (GROW) dated 13/08/2020.

According to the standard operational procedure, the reply is usually also sent to you by registered mail. Please note, however, that due to the extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during the COVID-19 epidemics, which include the requirement for all Commission non-critical staff to telework, we are unfortunately not in a position to follow this procedure until further notice.

We would therefore appreciate if you could confirm receipt of the present e-mail by replying to [DG GROW request email].

Kind regards,

DG GROW – Access to documents team

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
DG GROW/01 – Coordination and Planning