All the meetings and discussions regarding the automotive sector

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Dear Research and Innovation,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

For the period between 1 February 2021 to date:

- a list of the meeting and/or calls between Stellantis and the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, including any Cabinet Members and/or officials, during which “hydrogen vehicles” and/or “electric vehicles ” and/or “batteries” and/or “hydrogen” and/or “lithium” were discussed.

The list should include: date, individuals attending and organisational affiliation, as well as the issues discussed;

- all minutes and other reports of these meetings and/or calls;

- all documents prepared for the purpose of the meetings issued both in preparation and after the meetings took place.
- all correspondence, including attachments (i.e. any emails, mail correspondence or telephone call notes) between the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and Stellantis, including any Cabinet Members and/or officials, and any lobby group and/or industry representative discussing “hydrogen vehicles” and/or “electric vehicles ” and/or “batteries” and/or “hydrogen” and/or “lithium”.

To the extent possible, I prefer the documents in electronic format.
Should my request be denied wholly or partially, I kindly request to explain the denial or all redactions referring to specific exemptions in the regulation. Also I would expect the partial release of documents, in case of partial exemption according to article 4.6.

Please confirm receipt of this application. I look forward to receiving your reply within 15 business days, as established by the regulation.

Yours faithfully,

Carlotta Indiano

Investigative Reporting Project Italy
Viale Giulio Cesare, 92 - 00192 ROMA

RTD-ACCESS-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Research and Innovation

Dear Mrs Indiano,

Thank you for your e-mail of 29 October 2021. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered today 3 November under reference number GESTDEM 2021/6539.

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 24 November 2021. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

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European Commission
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RTD-ACCESS-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Research and Innovation

Dear Mrs. Indiano,

We are writing concerning your four last requests (here enclosed) registered under reference numbers in subject, regarding, respectively, meetings with Stellantis, Solvay SA, Vulcan Energie Ressourcen and the the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association.

As we asked for your first two requests that are currently being handled by our Office, registered under ref. numbers 2021/6048 and 2021/6077, we would appreciate some clarifications concerning the scope of these last four, as you refer again to "the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, including any Cabinet Members and/or officials".

Specifically, we would like to know if we have to consider this wording as you clarified in your email of 18 October 2021, namely, as the Commissioner and "the team assisting EC commissioners, those ones who give political guidance to its Commissioner", consisting in Cabinet members/Officials.

You are kindly invited to send us clarifications within three working days, so that we can proceed to the treatment of your request(s). The fifteen-day time-limit for replying to the application will start to run only from the receipt of such clarification.

Kind Regards,

RTD Access to documents

European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Common Legal Support Service

1049 Brussels/Belgium
[DG RTD request email]

https://ec.europa.eu/research

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Dear [email address],

Thank you for your response.

When I refer to "the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, including any Cabinet Members and/or officials". , as I clarified in my email of 18 October 2021, I consider the Commissioner and "the team assisting EC commissioners, those ones who give political guidance to its Commissioner", consisting in Cabinet members/Officials.

I hope I have been helpful

Yours sincerely,

Carlotta Indiano

RTD ACCESS DOCUMENTS, Research and Innovation

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Dear Mrs. Indiano,

Please find attached the reply to your access to documents request in subject.

According to the standard operational procedure, the reply should also be sent to you by registered post. However, due to the extraordinary health and security measures still in force, which include the requirement for all Commission non-critical staff to work from home most of the time, we are not, unfortunately, in a position to follow this procedure until further notice.

Therefore, we would appreciate if you could confirm receipt of the present email by replying to [DG RTD request email]

Finally, for your information, we would like to draw your attention to the Transparency register of European Commission (https://ec.europa.eu/info/about-european...), in which you may find information related to your request.

Thank you very much in advance,

R&I Access to documents

European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Common Legal Support Service

ORBN 05
1049 Brussels/Belgium
[DG RTD request email]

https://ec.europa.eu/research