We don't know whether the most recent response to this request contains information or not – if you are Bas van Beek please sign in and let everyone know.

Dear International Partnerships,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents concerning African Parks and its operations, held by DG International Partnerships since 1 January 2005, which contain the following information:

1. A list of meetings of DG International Partnerships officials and/or representatives (including the Commissioner and the Cabinet) concerning African Parks and its operations.
2. Minutes and other reports of these meetings
3. All correspondence (including e-mails) between DG International Partnerships officials and/or representatives (including the Commissioner and the Cabinet) and other European institutions/departments concerning African Parks and its operations.
4. All correspondence (including e-mails) between DG International Partnerships officials and/or representatives and/or representatives (including the Commissioner and the Cabinet) and third parties/individuals concerning African Parks and its operations.

5. All documentation concerning EU-funding of African Parks and its operations.
We extend our request to other parks managed by APN that have received EU funding and/or to parks where the EU has funded preliminary studies with the intention of an agreement between a national government and APN, regardless whether the agreement has finally been signed or not. Including, but not limited to:

- Garamba NP (DRC, 2005-now)
European Development Fund (EDF) / Réseau des Aires Protégées de l'Afrique Centrale (RAPAC), intergovernmental organisation funded by EU.

- Nech Sar NP (Ethiopia, 2005-2008)
Also written as ‘Nechisar’

- Gambella (Ethiopia, 2014-15)
EDF through Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

- Odzala Kokoua (Congo-Brazzaville, 2011-now)
EDF/RAPAC

- Pendjari/W (Benin, 2016-now)
through GiZ

- Chinko Nature Reserve (CAR, 2014-now)
European Union Bêkou Trust Fund/EDF

- Zakouma NP/Sinka Minia Faunal Reserve (Chad, 2010-now)
EDF

- Ennedi (Chad, 2017-now)
EDF

6. Evaluation reports for all the parks funded with EU subsidy, including but not limited to:
- BRLI Ingénierie. (2016). Evaluation 2011–2015 de l’Accord de Partenariat pour la Gestion du Parc National d’Odzala-Kokoua, Republique du Congo.
- d’Huart, J.P. (2013). Avancement des partenariats public-privé existants dans les Parcs Nationaux de la Garamba et des Virunga (R.D. Congo), d’Odzala- Kokoua (Rép. du Congo) et de Zakouma (Rép. du Tchad). Analyses des forces et des faiblesses des PPP et piste d’ame ́lioration et de renforcement. Rapport AGRECO, funded by the European Union.
- European Commission. (2014). Evaluation de la coopération de l’Union Européenne avec la République Démocratique du Congo 2008–2013.
- Particip. (2017). Evaluation à mi-parcours externe de l’Accord décennal de Partenariat Public-Privé (PPP) entre le Gouvernement de la République du Tchad et African Parks Network (APN) au titre de la délégation de gestion du Parc national de Zakouma (PNZ) et de sa périphérie. Report of Particip Gmbh et ETI Consulting Consulting to the European Commission.

7. Mentioned in AP’s Annual Report 2020: A tourism feasibility study for Garamba, funded by the European Union

Yours faithfully,

Bas van Beek

INTPA-DOSSIERS-ACCES@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir or Madam,

We are writing to you concerning your request for access to documents sent
on 20/01/2023 and registered on 20/01/2023 under case number 2023/0389.

Since you have not indicated your postal address, we are not able to start
handling your request. The 15 working days to reply to your request will
start running only when you send us your postal address.

You can send your postal address by replying to this e-mail. If we do not
receive your reply we may close this case.

Please note that you can submit a request for access to Commission
documents via the portal [1]'Request a Commission document', which does
not require you to indicate your postal address.

Why do we need your personal postal address?

Since 1 April 2014, the submission of a postal address became a mandatory
feature when submitting an application for access to Commission documents
via an e-mail. We would like to explain why we need your postal address in
order to register and handle your application for access to documents when
submitted via e-mail:

• Firstly, to obtain legal certainty as regards the date you received
the European Commission reply to your application for public access to
documents. Article 297 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the
European Union (TFEU) states that 'decisions which specify to whom
they are addressed, shall be notified to those to whom they are
addressed and shall take effect upon such notification.' In line with
this provision, if the Commission does not grant full access to the
requested documents, it notifies the reply to the applicant via
registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt or via delivery
service. This requires an indication of a valid postal address by the
applicant;
• Secondly, to apply correctly the [2]Data Protection Regulation (EU)
2018/1725. Knowing whether the applicant is an EU resident (or not) is
necessary for deciding which conditions shall apply for the
transmissions of personal data to applicants for access to documents.
These conditions are not the same for recipients established in the
Union and for recipients in third countries. As the vast majority of
the documents requested contain personal data, the Commission cannot
ensure the correct application of the data protection rules in the
absence of a postal address;
• Thirdly, to apply correctly [3]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001. Article
4(1)(b) of that Regulation refers to the protection of the privacy and
integrity of the individual and has to be applied in line with the
Data Protection Regulation;
• Fourthly, to protect the interest of other citizens and safeguard the
principle of good administration. The Commission has to treat all
citizens equally by ensuring that the legal framework for public
access to documents is respected. For example, it has to verify
whether Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 is being evaded
by introducing several requests under different identities. Indeed, in
its Ryanair judgment ([4]EU:T:2010:511), the General Court confirmed
that Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 cannot be evaded by
splitting an application into several, seemingly separate, parts. In
addition, the Commission has to make sure that the legal framework is
respected and the right of access to documents is not abused by making
requests under an invented identity.

The considerations above show that the request for and the consequent
processing of the applicant's postal address is not only appropriate, but
also strictly necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the
public interest within the meaning of Article 5(1)(a) of Data Protection
Regulation, namely providing a smooth and effective access to documents.

Yours faithfully,

Directorate-General for International Partnerships - Access to Documents
European Commission

References

Visible links
1. https://www.ec.europa.eu/transparency/do...
2. https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/...
3. https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/...
4. https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/...

Dear International Partnerships,

My personal postal address is

Postbus 3303,
1001 AC Amsterdam

Yours faithfully,

Bas van Beek

INTPA-DOSSIERS-ACCES@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir or Madam,

We hereby acknowledge the receipt of your request for access to documents
sent on 20/01/2023 and registered on 24/01/2023 under the case number
2023/0389.

We will handle your request within 15 working days as of the date of
registration. The time-limit expires on 14/02/2023. We will let you know
if we need to extend this time limit for additional 15 working days.

To find more information on how we process your personal data, please see
[1]the privacy statement.

Yours faithfully,

Directorate-General for International Partnerships - Access to Documents
European Commission

References

Visible links
1. https://ec.europa.eu/info/principles-and...

INTPA-DOSSIERS-ACCES@ec.europa.eu, International Partnerships

Beste Mr van Beek,

Hartelijk dank!
Uw aanvraag wordt momenteel behandeld door onze dienst.
Mvg,
INTPA Access to Documents team

show quoted sections

INTPA-DOSSIERS-ACCES@ec.europa.eu,

1 Attachment

Hello,

Please find attached a message concerning your request for access to
Commission documents registered under the above case number 2023/0389.

Kind regards,

We don't know whether the most recent response to this request contains information or not – if you are Bas van Beek please sign in and let everyone know.