All the meetings and discussions about PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances)

Francesca Cicculli made this access to documents request to Health and Food Safety

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Francesca Cicculli

Dear Health and Food Safety,

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 January 2017 to date:

- a list of all lobby and industry meetings and/or calls held by the Directorate-General for Health & Food Safety, including any Cabinet Members and/or officials, during which “PFAS” and/or “C604” and/or “PFOA” and/or “GenX” 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 Health & Food Safety, including any Cabinet Members and/or officials, and any lobby group and/or industry representative discussing “PFAS” and/or “C6O4” and/or “PFOA” and/or “GenX”

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,
Francesca Cicculli, Health and Food Safety

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Best regards,



European Commission
Health and Food Safety



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Francesca Cicculli

Dear [email address],

I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My postal address is:

Via Fosso dell'Acqua Mariana 23
Rome (ITALY)

Yours sincerely,

Francesca Cicculli, Health and Food Safety

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Dear Sir / Madam,


Thank you for your e-mail of 17 August 2021. We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 20
August 2021 under reference number GESTDEM 2021/5112.


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 10
September 2021. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
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Yours faithfully,



European Commission
Health and Food Safety



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Dear Sir/Madam,


We refer to your request dated 17 August 2021 in which you make a request
for access to documents, registered on 20 August 2021 under the above
mentioned reference number.


Your application is currently being handled. However, we will not be in a
position to complete the handling of your application within the time
limit of 15 working days, which expires today on 10 September 2021.


An extended time limit is needed due to internal consultations and a
thorough analysis of your request.


Therefore, we have to extend the time limit with 15 working days in
accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding
public access to documents. The new time limit expires on 1 October 2021.


We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.


Yours faithfully,




European Commission
Health and Food Safety





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AQUILINA Angele (SANTE), Health and Food Safety

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Dear Ms Cicculli,

Please find a letter and annexes for your kind attention.

best regards,
Angele Aquilina