Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism Jan-May 2021
From: Belen Balanya, Corporate Europe Observatory
Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels.
6 May 2021 RE: Access to Documents related to Carbon Adjustment Mechanism.
Dear DG energy, DG Clima, Dg Grow, Secretariat General, DG Trade,
Referring to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 on public access to EU documents, I would herewith like to ask for access to the following:
1- all correspondence (including email) between 1st january 2021 and 6th May 2021 between Commissioner Simson, Commissioner Timmermans, Commissioner Breton, President van der Leyen, Commissioner Dombrovskis, and/or their cabinets and/or officials from DG Energy, DG Clima, DG Grow, DG Trade and Secretariat General on one hand and stakeholders on the other, where the issue of the carbon border adjustment mechanism is addressed.
2 - list of meetings/videocalls/calls between 1st December 2020 and 6th May 2021 between officials and/or representatives of the European Commission and stakeholders where the issue of the carbon border adjustment mechanism is addressed.
3 - minutes of the meetings/videocalls/calls mentioned above.
I would like to make clear I prefer you produce the documents on a rolling basis.
At no point should the Commission’s search for—or deliberations concerning—certain documents delay the production of others that the Commission has already retrieved and elected to produce.
To the extent possible, we prefer the documents in electronic format. Documents that cannot be sent in electronic format should be sent to Corporate Europe Observatory, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels.
Should my request be denied wholly or partially, please explain the denial or all deletions referring to specific exemptions in the regulation. Also I expect the partial release of documents, in case of partial exemption according to article 4.6.
I reserve the right to appeal.
Please confirm having received this application. I look forward to your reply within 15 business days, according to the regulation.
Thank you for your assistance.
Corporate Europe Observatory
I sent a request on May 6th regarding documents on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism that should have been responded by June 1st 2021, to which I have got no response at all from you, not even to assign a GESTDEM number and acknowledge receipt.
I hope you can send me an answer disclosing the documents requested as soon as possible. If no response in this week I'll file a confirmatory application,
Dear Ms Balanya,
Please find below the references of the three requests for access to
documents the Commission received from you on 6 May 2021, relating to,
respectively, Carbon border adjustment mechanism, Hydrogen and Taxonomy.
Should you have further questions relating to some of these references,
you may of course contact the corresponding responsible services directly:
With kind regards,
ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (GD)
Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.
In conformity with Article 7(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (hereafter “the Regulation”), I hereby submits a confirmatory application regarding the Commission's implied refusal to provide the information I requested on 6 May 2021 (reference number GESTDEM 2021/3992.)
I note that the deadline to reply to my request has already expired.
I accordingly urge you to disclose the requested information in the shortest time possible.
Thank you for your email dated 08/07/2021 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 the
Secretariat General in reply to your initial application GESTDEM
We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 12/07/2021 (Ares(2021)4511857).
Your application will be handled within 15 working days (03/08/2021). In
case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due
Please be informed that the answer to your confirmatory application is a
formal Commission decision that will be notified to you by express
delivery. Thank you for providing your contact phone number, 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, and that it will
delete it immediately thereafter.
ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (IC)
SG.C1 (Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents)