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Dear International Cooperation and Development,

Attn: DEVCO EUTF

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001,

We are requesting documents in relation to the EU Support on Migration in Morocco. According to a recent EUTF publication, "Among its neighbours, the EU’s second largest cooperation portfolio on migration is with Morocco, with a total of €343
million, out of which around €235 million are drawn from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and the rest from other EU financial instruments". You can find the document here:
https://ec.europa.eu/trustfundforafrica/...

With the objective to know which other EU financial instruments, how much from those instruments has been given to support the EU migration policy in Morocco and when, we are requesting any document containing a breakdown of the total of €343 million reported in the factsheet referenced above, by funding instrument, by action/project supported and by year.

We remain available for any question or clarification you might have in relation to our request and we look forward to receiving a reply within 15 working days.

Thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Estela Casajuana

Radarweg 505
1043NZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

International Partnerships

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Dear Madam,

 

Thank you for your e-mail of yesterday. We hereby acknowledge receipt of
your application for access to documents, which was registered today under
reference number GESTDEM 2020/[1]7544.

 

Your e-mail does not fall within our Directorate-General’s area of
responsibility. It has been reassigned to Directorate-General for European
Neighbourhood Policy And Enlargement Negotiations, B-1049 Brussels, who
will be sending you a reply.

 

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
5/01/2021. In case this time-limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.

 

 

For information on how we process your personal data visit our page
[2]https://ec.europa.eu/info/principles-and...

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Access to Documents Team

 

 

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development

1049 Brussels

BELGIUM

 

 

 

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Dear Ms Casajuana,

 

We have received your request for access to documents from DG DEVCO.

 

Given that your request relates to information which is not contained in
any existing documents, and replying involves compiling information from a
number of different documents, it should be considered as a request for
information to be processed in accordance with the [1]Commission’s Code of
Good Administrative Behaviour, and not Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 on
public access to documents. Consequently, your request for access to
documents registered under reference GestDem 2020/7544 will be closed.

 

Your will receive a reply directly by the responsible DG NEAR service
within 15 working days. In case this time-limit needs to be extended, you
will be informed in due course.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

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European Commission
DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
NEAR Access to Documents

[3][email address]

 

From: DEVCO DOSSIERS ACCES
Sent: Friday, December 4, 2020 3:45 PM
To: 'Estela Casajuana' <[FOI #8830 email]>
Subject: ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT - GestDem 2020/7544

 

Dear Madam,

 

Thank you for your e-mail of yesterday. We hereby acknowledge receipt of
your application for access to documents, which was registered today under
reference number GESTDEM 2020/[4]7544.

 

Your e-mail does not fall within our Directorate-General’s area of
responsibility. It has been reassigned to Directorate-General for European
Neighbourhood Policy And Enlargement Negotiations, B-1049 Brussels, who
will be sending you a reply.

 

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
5/01/2021. In case this time-limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.

 

 

For information on how we process your personal data visit our page
[5]https://ec.europa.eu/info/principles-and...

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Access to Documents Team

 

 

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development

1049 Brussels

BELGIUM

 

 

 

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Dear [email address],

Thank you for your reply.

I would prefer if my request is processed in accordance with the Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 on
public access to documents and not the Commission’s Code of Good Administrative Behaviour.

Given that the information requested is not contained in a single document, I am fine receiving the information from different documents and compiling the information myself, as far as I can identify the funding instruments, the action/projects supported and the years.

I remain available for any question or clarification you might have in relation to my request and I look forward to receiving a reply in due date.

Yours sincerely,

Estela Casajuana

NEAR-ACCDOC@ec.europa.eu, International Partnerships

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Dear Ms Casajuana,

We refer to your e-mail of 3 December 2012 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 4 December 2012 under the
above-mentioned reference number. We also refer to your email of 9
December 2012, by which you clarified that you prefer that your request is
treated as a request for access to documents under Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001, and not a request for information under the Code of Good
Administrative Behaviour as we proposed.

However, your application concerns a very large number of documents, which
need to be assessed individually. Such a detailed analysis cannot be
carried out within the normal time limits set out in Article 7 of
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001.

It also involves the assessment of numerous documents originating from
third parties. The analysis of these documents, together with the need to
consult the third parties concerned in accordance with Article 4(4) of
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, cannot be expected to be completed within
the normal time limits set out in Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001.

Nevertheless, Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 also provides
for a possibility to confer with an applicant informally with a view to
finding a fair solution when an application relates to a very long
document or concerns a very large number of documents.

 

In accordance with the case law of the EU Courts, such a solution can only
concern the content or the number of documents requested, not the deadline
for replying. This means that the scope of the request must be reduced in
a way that would enable its processing within the extended deadline of 15
+ 15 working days.

 

Based on the above-mentioned provision, we would kindly ask you to specify
the objective of your application and your specific interest in the
documents requested, and whether you could narrow down the scope of your
application  (i.e. the subject matter(s) and/or timeframe covered), so as
to reduce it to a more manageable amount of documents.

 

In order to help you to narrow down your application, please note that the
following categories of documents have been identified as falling under
the scope of your request:

-          Action documents;

-          Tables;

-          Lists.

Overall, the treatment of your request takes the following steps:

-          identification of the documents falling under your request;

-          retrieval and establishment of a complete list of the documents
identified;

-          assessment of the content of the documents in light of the
exceptions of Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001;

-          third-party / Member State consultations under Article 4(4) and
4(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001;

-          final assessment of the documents in light of the comments
received;

-          drafting of the reply;

-          redaction of those parts of the documents to which one or
several exceptions apply;

-          internal review and approval of the draft decision; and

-          preparation of the reply and the documents for dispatch.

 

According to our first preliminary estimates, the workload for the
treatment of your request as it stands would take approximately 40 working
days, without taking into account the additional workload of the
responsible Commission services, which at this time of the year is
particularly heavy.  

 

A fair solution could consist in limiting your request to two categories
of documents, namely lists and tables. This type of documentation will
allow to easily access the exact information requested, namely (i) the
action/project, (ii) the year, and (iii) the funding instrument.

 

We therefore invite you to inform us if you accept this proposal.

 

In order to enable us to respect the time-limits of Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001, we would ask you for a swift reply to our invitation to propose
a fair solution, within five working days at the latest:

·         by e-mail to: [1][email address]

If you have any questions concerning the invitation, you can contact us by
email at the same address.

The deadline of 15 working days for handling your application will
continue running when we receive you reply.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Yours faithfully,

 

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European Commission
DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
NEAR Access to Documents

[3][email address]

 

 

 

 

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Dear DG NEAR,

Thank you for your reply. The solution you propose to limit this request to two categories of documents, namely lists and tables seems fair to me too if this type of documentation allows to easily access the exact information requested, namely (i) the action/project, (ii) the year, and (iii) the funding instrument. Before accepting this proposal, may I ask you for an estimation of how many working days the limited request will take to be processed - as opposed to 40 working days?

In addition, may I ask you to confirm that there is not a single document containing the information I am requesting? Since you acknowledged that processing the information I am requesting involves a large number of documents, I would expect the EC to have a document where the information is summarized in order to arrive to the total sum of EUR 343 million - the figure reported in the factsheet that the EC published.

In order to respect the time-limits of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, I would ask you for a swift reply to my questions concerning your proposal for a fair solution, within five working days at the latest.

Yours sincerely,

Estela Casajuana

NEAR-ACCDOC@ec.europa.eu, International Partnerships

Dear Ms Casajuana,

Thank you for your prompt response by which you accept our proposal.

It is difficult to define precisely how many days the treatment of your request would take following its refinement, as this depends on factors which cannot be easily predicted, namely the workload of the responsible staff dealing with your request, as well as the priority attached to it. In any case, you will receive a reply within the time limits prescribed by Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001.

Regarding your second query, we do confirm that the information that you request cannot be found in one single document.

Yours faithfully,

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

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Dear [email address],

Thank you for your prompt response.

Hereby I ask to give high priority to the processing of this request, due to the fact that the time-limit to handle my request expires on 5/01/2021 (as prescribed by Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001) and that the scope of the request has been limited, following your suggestion.

Yours sincerely,

Estela Casajuana

NEAR-ACCDOC@ec.europa.eu, International Partnerships

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Dear Ms Casajuana,

 

We refer to your request for access to documents dated 3 December 2020,
registered on 4 December 2020 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.

 

An extended time limit is needed for the purpose of internal
consultations.

 

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 26 January 2021.

 

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

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

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European Commission
DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
NEAR Access to Documents

[2][email address]

 

 

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Dear Ms Casajuana,

 

We refer to your request for access to documents registered under the
above mentioned reference number.

 

We are in the final stage of treating your request, as we have consulted
with all concerned services and almost collected all relevant documents.

 

However, we are not in a position to complete the handling of your
application within the extended time limit of 15 working days, which
expires today.

 

We need a supplementary extension of the time limit to draft the reply to
your request.

 

We are confident that we will be able to provide you with a reply shortly.

 

Again, we apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may
cause and we thank you for your understanding.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

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European Commission
DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
NEAR Access to Documents

[2][email address]

 

 

 

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Dear Ms Casajuana,

 

Please find attached the reply to your request for access to documents,
registered under reference GestDem 2020/7544.

 

According to standard operational procedure, the reply is usually also
sent to you by registered post. Please note, however, that due to the
extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during to
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 [1][email address]

 

Thank you in advance.

 

Best regards,

DG NEAR

 
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European Commission
DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
NEAR Access to Documents

 

 

 

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