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From: Peter

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Dear Madam, Sir,

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:

– all documents - including but not limited to minutes, (hand-written) notes, audio recordings, verbatim reports, operational conclusions, lines to take, e-mails, and presentations - related to the 1/10/2018 meeting between Kyriacos Charalambous and British American Tobacco

All the best,
Peter Teffer
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EUobserver
Rue Montoyer 18B
1000 Brussels
Belgium

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Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

Dear Mr. Teffer,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 12/10/2018. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 12/10/2018 under reference number GestDem 2018/5395.

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 06/11/2018. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

You have lodged your application via the AsktheEU.org website. Please note that this is a private website which has no link with any institution of the European Union. Therefore the European Commission cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to the use of this system.

Please note also that the European Commission is not responsible for any possible processing of personal data by the private organisation running the AsktheEU.org website, through which you have channelled your request. Please refer to their privacy policy.

Yours faithfully,

European Commission
DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
NEAR Access to Documents
[DG NEAR request email]

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Subject: Your application for access to documents – Ref GestDem No 2018/5395

Dear Mr Teffer,

We refer to your application dated 12/10/2018 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered 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, 6/11/2018.

An extended time limit is needed in order to finalise the inter-service consultations in relation to the requested document. 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 27/11/2018.

We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.
Yours faithfully,

European Commission
DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
NEAR Access to Documents
[DG NEAR request email]

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Dear Mr Teffer,

 

Please find attached the reply to your request "Application for access to
documents - Ref. GestDem No 2018/5395".

 

Best regards,

DG NEAR
 
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EUROPEAN COMMISSION
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From: Peter

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Dear Madam, Sir,

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request registered on 12/10/2018 under reference number GestDem 2018/5395.

British American Tobacco is a tobacco company. The European Union is a party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. According to the Guidelines for implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, parties “should ensure that any interaction with the tobacco industry on matters related to tobacco control or public health is accountable and transparent”.

Additionally, the guidelines say: “Where interactions with the tobacco industry are necessary, Parties should ensure that such interactions are conducted transparently. Whenever possible, interactions should be conducted in public, for example through public hearings, public notice of interactions, disclosure of records of such interactions to the public.”

In light of the above, one would expect that the Commission had produced a more elaborate record of the meeting between the Member of Cabinet Hahn and representatives of the British American Tobacco, than the four-line email.

When it comes to the redacted parts, the public interest of transparency on dealings with tobacco companies – as agreed to in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – may weigh heavier than the exceptions cited.

A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/bat_...

Sincerely,
Peter Teffer

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Dear Peter Teffer,
Thank you for your email dated 15 November 2018, by which you request,
pursuant to Regulation No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European
Parliament, Council and Commission documents, a review of the position
taken by DG NEAR in reply to your initial application GESTDEM 2018/5395.
We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 16/11/2018 (Ares(2018)5871888).
Your application will be handled within 15 working days (07/12/2018). In
case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due
course.
Please be informed that the answer to your confirmatory application is a
formal Commission decision that will be notified to you by express
delivery. We kindly offer you the possibility to provide us a contact
phone number (by email to [email address]), so that the external
delivery service can contact you in case of absence.
Please note that the Commission will not use your phone number for any
other purpose than for informing the delivery service.
 
Best regards,
 
Gitte Louise Olsen
Access to documents team
 
European Commission
Secretariat-General
Unit C1 – Transparency, Document Management &
Access to Document
Office address BERL 05/315
+32 2 995 63 26
[1][email address]
 
 
 
 

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[5]Ares(2018)6276639 - Your confirmatory application for access to
documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 – GESTDEM 2018/5395

Sent by ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[email address]>. All responses have
to be sent to this email address.
Envoyé par ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[email address]>. Toutes les
réponses doivent être effectuées à cette adresse électronique.

Dear Mr Teffer,

 

I refer to your to your e-mail of 15 November 2018, registered on 16
November 2018, by which you submit a confirmatory application in
accordance with Article 7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding
public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents
(‘Regulation 1049/2001’).

 

I would like to inform you that your confirmatory application is currently
being handled. Unfortunately, due to ongoing consultations, we are not in
a position to reply to your confirmatory request within the prescribed
time limit expiring on 7/12/2018. Consequently, we will need to extend
this period by another 15 working days in accordance with Article 8(2) of
Regulation 1049/2001. The new deadline expires on 9 January 2019.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

María OLIVÁN AVILÉS
Head of Unit

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European Commission

Secretariat General

Unit C.1 (Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents)

 

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