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China's request for Market Economy Status

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From: Scott Brown

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain information pertaining to China's request for the EU to grant Market Economy Status. I am interested in documents from 2003 until the present.In particular, the following would be helpful:

Documents outlining the Commission's position on MES for China, including proposals/recommendations to the Council on the viability of MES for China.

Documents from DG Trade pertaining to this issue.

Documents from the office of the Commissioner responsible for External Trade, including public speeches making reference to this issue.

Documents between the Commission and the Permanent Representations of the Member States outlining their respective positions on granting China MES.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this matter and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Brown

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Dear Mr Brown,

We refer to your e-mail dated 31/01/2013 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered under the above mentioned reference number.

To treat your request in the most efficient way and to best meet your needs, I would like to kindly ask you if you could be more specific in your request and explain what exactly do you mean by ' Documents' , especially when you refer to 'Documents from DG Trade pertaining to this issue', and ' Documents from the office of the Commissioner', as the term could be very vague.

Thank you in advance.

Best regards,

Raluca MOLDOVAN
Access to Documents

European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society
CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 2984 177
[email address]

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From: Scott Brown

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Dear Raluca Moldovam,

Thank you for your response and the suggestion.

To clarify:
By documents, I meant reports from the Commission used to determine the progress in China's attempts to meet the Commission's criteria for MES. I believe there is a working group commonly referred to as the Article 133 committee, documents relating to the outcome of this committee's review of China's MES would be relevant.
Any formal proposals put forward by the Commission (whether or adopted or not) and explanatory memorandum
relating to this issue would be useful.

I believe that the Trade Commissioner is responsible for updating the Council on China's progress towards MES, therefore written evidence or supporting documentation submitted would be another set of documents I would be interested in.

Yours sincerely,

Scott Brown

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Dear Mr Brown,

We refer to your e-mail dated 27/01/2013 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered the same day 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 on 22/02/2013.

 

An extended time limit is needed as your application concerns a large
number of documents held by different Services which must be consulted.

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 15/03/2013

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

Yours faithfully,

Raluca MOLDOVAN
Access to Documents

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Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society

CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 2984 177
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From: Scott Brown

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Dear Raluca MOLDOVAN,

I acknowledge the extension and look forward to hearing from you in the future.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Brown

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Dear Mr Brown,

We refer to your e-mail dated 27/01/2013 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered the same day 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 prolonged
time limit, which expires today (15/03/2013).

 

I would like to ask for your understanding and patience, since your
application covering a long period and it is requiring lot of consultation
of the Cabinet and of third parties too.

In order to meet your needs in the best possible way, we would need a
longer target deadline, during which time we keep you regularly informed
of the progress your application.

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

Yours faithfully,

 

Krisztina HANTOS
Access to Documents

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European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society

CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 2999366
[2][email address]

 

 

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From: Scott Brown

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Dear Ms Hantos,

Thank you for your update. I acknowledge the need for more time and understand the reason, given the subject matter I am not entirely surprised.

I look forward to the next update on the progress of my request.

Yours sincerely,

Scott Brown

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Dear Mr. Brown,

Since your former request ("EU's bilateral trade negotiations with China, preceding the accession to the WTO" Ref. GestDem No. 2013/0355) has been closed on 18/02/2013, we sent our delay letter today concerning your other request registered on 01/02/2013.
Every detail of the letter is related to the request registered under the Ref. No 2013/0480 ("China`s request for the EU to grant Market Economy Status").

We apologize for the technical errors and for any inconvenience this may
cause.

Yours faithfully,

Krisztina HANTOS
Access to Documents

European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society
CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 2999366
[email address]

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Dear Mr Brown,

 

We refer to your e-mail dated 27/01/2013 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on the same day under the above mentioned
reference number.

On 15/03/2013 we asked for your understanding since your application
covers a long time period and and it requires a lot of consultation with
third parties.

We would like to inform you that in the meantime we have already
identified several documents falling under the scope of your request, and
examined the possibility of its disclosure. However having regard to the
Easter period we would need more time to prepare the final reply for you.

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

Yours faithfully,

 

Krisztina HANTOS
Access to Documents

[1]Description:
http://ec.europa.eu/trade/images/ec-logo...
European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society

CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 2999366
[2][email address]

 

 

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Dear Mr Brown,

We refer to your e-mail dated 27/01/2013 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered the same day under the above mentioned reference number.

Your application is currently being handled by our colleagues and we apologise again for the delay. However, as your request covers a long time period and very numerous sensitive documents, we have not been in a position to complete it. Therefore we will need more time for the consultation within the DG and with the third parties. Nevertheless, we will keep you informed systematically on the developments of your application.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Yours faithfully,

Raluca MOLDOVAN
Access to Documents

European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society
CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 2984 177
[email address]

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Dear Mr Brown,

We refer to your access to documents request 2013/0355.

Your application is currently being handled by our colleagues and we apologise again for the delay. As we have informed you before, your request covers a long time period and very numerous sensitive documents. Nevertheless, we hope to be able to send you a reply by the end of September. We will anyway keep you informed systematically on the developments of your application.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Yours faithfully,

Raluca MOLDOVAN
Access to Documents

European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society
CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 2984 177
[email address]

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Dear Mr Brown,

The reply to your request is in circulation for approval of our hierarchy, you should be receiving it shortly.

Once again thank you for your patience and understanding.

Yours faithfully,
Indre

Indre VAICEKAUSKAITE
Access to Documents &
Civil Society Dialogue

European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society
CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 295 61 07
[email address]

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Please find in attachment a letter signed by Mr JL Demarty, General
Director in DG Trade, and its annex, following your above-mentioned
request to access to document.

 

 

 

Marie-Christine FIVET
Secretary

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European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit H1 Section1
Trade Defence Instruments - Office of Complaints

N105-09/067
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 299 61 69
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