Climate change meetings with Shell 1986-1997

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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, verbatim reports, letters, and presentations – related to meetings during which climate change, the greenhouse effect, and global warming was discussed, held between the European Commission and employees/representatives of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, between 1 January 1986 and 31 December 1997.

All the best,
Peter

Peter Teffer
EUobserver
Rue Montoyer 18B
1000 Brussels
Belgium

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Dear Sir,

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 05/04/2018.  We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
05/04/2018 under reference number GESTDEM 2018/1945. 

 

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
26/04/2018.

 

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.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (GD)

 

European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG B.4 – Transparency

[6][email address]

 

 

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Dear Madam, Sir,

I refer to my application for access to documents, which was registered on 05/04/2018 under reference number GESTDEM 2018/1945.

In your email sent the same day, you said the application will be handled within 15 working days. That time limit expired yesterday.

All the best,
Peter

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Dear Madam, Sir,

I refer to my application for access to documents, which was registered on 05/04/2018 under reference number GESTDEM 2018/1945.

In your email sent also on 5 April, you said the application will be handled within 15 working days. That time limit expired yesterday.

All the best,
Peter

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Dear Mr Teffer,
 
We refer to your request for access to documents dated 5 April 2018,
registered the same day under the above mentioned reference number.
 
We are not in a position to complete the handling of your application
within the time limit of 15 working days, which expired yesterday.
 
In accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding
public access to documents we have to extend the time limit by 15 working
days, the new deadline is set for 24 May 2018.
 
We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.
 
Sincerely,
Access to Documents team
 
    
European Commission
Directorate-General for Climate Action
Av. de Beaulieu 24
1049 Brussels
 
 
 
 
 

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From: Peter

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Dear Madam, Sir,

The request is perhaps not the easiest one you have received in the past weeks, so I understand that you need a bit more time. Good luck,
Peter

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Dear Mr Teffer,
 
Enclosed please find an advance copy of our reply :
 
 
Kind regards,
 
Access to Documents team
 
    
European Commission
Directorate-General for Climate Action
Av. de Beaulieu 24
1049 Brussels
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

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 'Climate change meetings with Shell 1986-1997', registered under GestDem 2018/1945 on 5 April 2018 by the Commission.

I requested: all documents – including but not limited to minutes, verbatim reports, letters, and presentations – related to meetings during which climate change, the greenhouse effect, and global warming was discussed, held between the European Commission and employees/representatives of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, between 1 January 1986 and 31 December 1997.

The Commission answered that no such documents exist.

However, the reply did not explain whether these documents did not exist because
a) there were no such meetings
b) there were such meetings but the Commission did not document its content in any form
c) there were such meetings, there were minutes, but these have since been destroyed
d) other

I would appreciate it if a more elaborate explanation could be given.

I would also like to ask for a second review of available documents, with specific attention to the fact that these meetings were held in a mostly pre-digital era, and these documents may currently exist in paper form only.

In advance of your efforts, I would like to thank you for them.

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

Sincerely,
Peter Teffer

Peter Teffer
EUobserver
Rue Montoyer 18B
1000 Brussels
Belgium

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Dear Sir,

 

Thank you for your email dated 28/05/2018, 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
CLIMA to your initial application GESTDEM 2018/1945.

 

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 04/06/2018 - Ares(2018)2895880.

 

Your application will be handled within 15 working days (25/06/2018).  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. 

Thank you for having provided 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.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (GD)

 

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Secretariat-General

SG B.4 – Transparency

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Dear Mr Teffer,

I refer to your email of 28 May 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[6]^[1] (‘Regulation 1049/2001’).

Your confirmatory application is currently being handled. Unfortunately,
we have not yet been able to gather all the elements we need to carry out
a full analysis of your request in order to take a final decision.

Therefore, we are not in a position to reply to your confirmatory request
within the prescribed time limit which expires on 25 June 2018.

Consequently, we have to extend this period by another 15 working days in
accordance with Article 8(2) of Regulation 1049/2001. The new deadline
expires on 16 July 2018.

Yours sincerely,

 

Martine Fouwels

Deputy Head of Unit

 

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Secretariat General

Unit B4 (Transparency)

 

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[8][1]      Official Journal L 145 of 31.5.2001, p. 43.

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Dear Mr Teffer,

I refer to your email of 28 May 2018, registered on 4 June 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[6]^[1] ('Regulation
1049/2001').

I also refer to our holding reply of 25 June 2018, by which the time limit
for replying to your confirmatory application was extended by 15 working
days, pursuant to Article 8(2) of the Regulation. This extended time limit
expires on 16 July 2018.

I regret to have to inform you that we will not be able to respond within
the extended time-limit, as we have not yet finalised internal
consultations. I can assure you that we are doing our utmost to provide
you with a final reply as soon as possible.

I regret this additional delay and sincerely apologise for any
inconvenience this may cause.

Yours sincerely,

 

Martin Kröger

Head of Unit

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Unit B4 (Transparency)

 

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[8][1]      Official Journal L 145 of 31.5.2001, p. 43.

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Dear Sir,
Please find attached a copy of the confirmatory decision taken on your
request for access to documents registered under Gestdem number 2018/1945,
adopted on 20/07/2018 in the above-mentioned case.
Please note that the Secretariat-General of the European Commission will
proceed with the formal notification of the decision in the coming days.
This copy is solely sent for your information and is not the formal
notification of the confirmatory decision.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
 
ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (GD)
 
European Commission
Secretariat-General
SG B.4 – Transparency
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Dear Sir,

Thank you for your reply and your renewed search for documents.

All the best,
Peter

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