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From: Peter

Delivered

Dear Madam Sir,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting the following documents listed in the Bureau's agenda of Monday 10 September 2018.

- the letter from Ms Morin-Chartier with the request to organise a training session for the members of the Advisory Committee dealing with harassment complaints concerning Members of the European Parliament
- note from the Secretary-General about Resolution on transparency, accountability and integrity in the EU institutions
- note from the Secretary-General about Termination of the 2016 grant awarded to the political foundation at European level Institute for Direct Democracy in Europe
- note from the Secretary-General about Termination of the 2017 grant awarded to the political foundation at European level Institute for Direct Democracy in Europe
- note from the Secretary-General about 2017 final reports of political parties and foundations at European level

When dealing with my request, please keep in mind that an 86 percent majority of the plenary said in the 28 April 2016 resolution on public access to documents that all documents referred to in the Bureau's agenda should "in principle" be published.

Peter Teffer
postal address:
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Rue Montoyer 18B
1000 Brussels
Belgium

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Acknowledgment of receipt

 

 

Dear Mr Teffer,

 

The European Parliament hereby acknowledges receipt of your application
for access to documents, which was registered on 17/09/2018 under
reference A(2018)12787.

 

All requests for public access to documents are treated in compliance with
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.

 

In accordance with the above-mentioned Regulation, your application will
be handled within 15 working days upon registration of your request.

 

The European Parliament reserves the right to ask for additional
information regarding your identity in order to verify compliance with
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 and the European Parliament’s implementing
measures.

 

Your attention is drawn to the fact that you have lodged your application
via the AsktheEU.org website, which is a private website not officially
related to the European Parliament. Therefore, the European Parliament
cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to
the use of this system.

 

kind regards,

 

 

 

 

TRANSPARENCY UNIT

 
European Parliament
Directorate-General for the Presidency
Directorate for Interinstitutional Affairs and Legislative Coordination
[1][European Parliament request email]
[2]www.europarl.europa.eu/RegistreWeb

 

 

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Our ref.: A(2018)12787

 

 

Dear Mr Teffer,

 

The deadline for replying to your application concerning public access to
documents registered on 17/09/2018 expires on Monday, 08/10/2018.

 

However, due to the fact that the internal consultation process for the
relevant documents and the fact that the detailed analysis of all legal
aspects linked to the possible disclosure of the relevant documents are
still ongoing, in order to reply to your application Parliament
exceptionally needs to extend the time-limit provided for in Article 7(1)
of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 by a further 15 working days, in
accordance with Article 7(3) of the same regulation. The new deadline
expires on 29/10/2018.

 

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience. We thank you for your
understanding.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

 

TRANSPARENCY UNIT

 
European Parliament
Directorate-General for the Presidency
Directorate for Interinstitutional Affairs and Legislative Coordination
[1][European Parliament request email]
[2]www.europarl.europa.eu/RegistreWeb

 

 

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From: Peter

Delivered

Dear Madam, Sir,

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

I refer to my application for access to documents, which was registered on 17/09/2018 under reference A(2018)12787.

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

Only partial access has been given to the letter of Mrs Morin-Chartier, without explanation. The annexes “projects de programme et de liste des participants” and “fiche financiere” have been omitted, while they should have been integral part of the letter.

Access has been denied to four notes from the Secretary-General:
- note from the Secretary-General about Resolution on transparency, accountability and integrity in the EU institutions
- note from the Secretary-General about Termination of the 2016 grant awarded to the political foundation at European level Institute for Direct Democracy in Europe
- note from the Secretary-General about Termination of the 2017 grant awarded to the political foundation at European level Institute for Direct Democracy in Europe
- note from the Secretary-General about 2017 final reports of political parties and foundations at European level

However, the handling of my application for access to documents was done by the secretariat-general of the European Parliament, which the Secretary-General heads. There is a conflict of interest. Regardless of the secretariat-general's intentions and professionalism, it is simply not possible for the body that is led by the secretary general of the European Parliament to take an objective decision about whether to allow access to notes written by the secretary general of the European Parliament.

Secondly, the reasons given by the secretariat-general for keeping the documents confidential are unclear. The argument for not disclosing the note on the termination of the 2016 and 2017 grants awarded to the political foundation at European level Institute for Direct Democracy in Europe, was that “some aspects of the termination procedure are still ongoing” - a formulation that is vague and uncheckable. A clearer argument needs to be given, before one can assess that argument's merit.

The same applies to the reasons for not disclosing the 2017 final reports of political parties and foundations at European level.

It is also striking that the secretariat-general has not granted partial access to the documents.

Keeping these documents confidential is also against the will of the majority of the European Parliament.

On 28 April 2016 the European Parliament adopted a resolution, in which it called on the Parliament "to make available the agendas and feedback notes of the meetings of committee coordinators, the Bureau and the Conference of Presidents, as well as, in principle, all documents referred to in these agendas ... by publishing them on the parliament's website". The text received the support from an 86 percent majority (523 yes votes, 37 no votes, and 46 abstentions).

On 14 September 2017, the European Parliament adopted another resolution (368 yes votes, 161 no votes, and 60 abstentions). In the resolution, the parliament recalled “its calls on the Commission and the Council in its resolution of 28 April 2016 on public access to documents for the years 2014-2015 , in which it: … called for agendas and feedback notes of the meetings of Parliament’s Committee Coordinators, Bureau and Conference of Presidents to be made available, and, in principle, for all documents referred to in those agendas to be made available too, by publishing them on Parliament’s website”.

The notes which I requested, were mentioned in the Bureau agenda. So, a majority of MEPs believe that they should “in principle” be published.

Sincerely,
Peter Teffer
postal address:
EUobserver
Rue Montoyer 18B
1000 Brussels
Belgium
PS: When sending physical mail, please include the word 'EUobserver' on the envelope

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Acknowledgment of receipt

 

 

Dear Mr Teffer,

 

The European Parliament hereby acknowledges receipt of your confirmatory
application for access to documents, which was registered on 15/11/2018
under reference A(2018)12787C.

 

All applications for public access to documents are treated in compliance
with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access
to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.

 

In accordance with the above-mentioned Regulation, your application will
be handled within 15 working days upon registration of your request.

 

The European Parliament reserves the right to ask for additional
information regarding your identity in order to verify compliance with
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 and the European Parliament’s implementing
measures.

 

Your attention is drawn to the fact that you have lodged your application
via the AsktheEU.org website, which is a private website not officially
related to the European Parliament. Therefore, the European Parliament
cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to
the use of this system.

 

kind regards,

 

 

TRANSPARENCY UNIT

 
European Parliament
Directorate-General for the Presidency
Directorate for Interinstitutional Affairs and Legislative Coordination
[1][European Parliament request email]
[2]www.europarl.europa.eu/RegistreWeb

 

 

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Our refs.: A(2018)12787C and A(2018)15543

 

 

Dear Mr Teffer,

 

The deadline for replying to your confirmatory application registered on
17/09/2018 with reference number A(2018)12787C, as well as to the related
procedure with reference number A(2018)15543, expire on 06/12/2018.

 

However, due to the fact that the internal consultation process for the
relevant documents and the fact that the detailed analysis of all legal
aspects linked to the possible disclosure of the relevant documents are
still ongoing, in order to reply to your application Parliament
exceptionally needs to extend the time-limit provided for in Article 7(1)
and Article 8(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 by a further 15 working
days, in accordance with Article 7(3) and Article 8(2) of the same
regulation. The new deadlines expire on 08/01/2019 due to the Christmas
break.

 

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience. We thank you for your
understanding.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

TRANSPARENCY UNIT

 
European Parliament
Directorate-General for the Presidency
Directorate for Interinstitutional Affairs and Legislative Coordination
[1][European Parliament request email]
[2]www.europarl.europa.eu/RegistreWeb

 

 

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