COM (2015) 177 restriction or prohibition the import of GMO food and feed

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Dear Health and Food Safety,

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:

In the explanatory memorandum to proposal COM (2015) 177 for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 as regards the possibility for the Member States to restrict or prohibit the use of genetically modified food and feed on their territory, published on 22.4.2015, as well as in the accompanying communication, it is explained that the proposal at hand was the result of the "Commission's review of the decision-making-process for authorising GMOs." It has come to my knowledge that up to 15 possibilities for implementing the promise given by Commision President, Mr Juncker, in his opening speech in Plenary on 15 July 2014 ("I will make sure that the procedural rules governing the various authorisations for GMOs are reviewed. I would not want the Commission to be able to take a decision when a majority of Member States has not encouraged it to do so.") as well as the Commission's "Political Guidelines", have been under discussion.

Under the above mùentioned Regulation 1049/2001, I would like to ask you to provide me with all the documents, as well as emails or other any other correspondence or records related to the Commission's internal discussion which lead to the publication of the proposal mentioned above. I would be especially interested in the document listing the different options on how the "Political Guidelines" could be implemented.

I would also like to ask you to provide me with a list of meetings with detailed minutes and any other reports of such meetings that took place both within the Commission (e.g. between different units and/or cabinets), as well as other meetings in connection with the issue, including with stakeholders (e.g. Member States' representatives, government representatives of other countries, industry representatives, NGOs, representatives of chambers of commerce etc.).

Yours faithfully,

Bart Staes

Health and Food Safety

Dear Mr Staes,

Thank you for your request for access to documents.

Unfortunately you have not indicated your postal address that is required for registering and handling your request in line with the procedural requirements.

Please send us your full postal address at your earliest convenience.

Pending your reply, we reserve the right to refuse the registration of your request.

You may, of course, use directly the electronic form for entering your request:
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Best regards,

SANTE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

European Commission
DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
E-mail: [email address]

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Dear Health and Food Safety,

Hreby my postal address

Bart Staes
Anselmostraat 51
B-2018 Antwerpen - Belgium

[email address]
0475 3723757

Yours faithfully,

Bart Staes

Health and Food Safety

Dear Mr Staes,

Thank you for e-mail dated 21/05/2015.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered today (on 21/05/2015) under reference number GestDem 2015/2821.

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 12/06/2015. 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,

SANTE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

European Commission
DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
E-mail: [email address]

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Please find enclosed a letter addressed to Mr Staes, duly signed by Ms D.
André, Head of Unit for Biotechnology, DG Health and Food Safety, European
Commission.

 

 

 

Athina Smyrneli for Vernier Laurent
Assistant 
European Commission
DG Health and Food Safety

Unit E1 – Biotechnology

 

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Dear Health and Food Safety,

I am still awaiting an answer. You are long overdue the deadline. Please answer me before the start of the summer holidays.
Yours faithfully,

Bart Staes

Health and Food Safety

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Please find enclosed a letter and annexes, addressed to Mr Staes, duly signed by Mr B. Van Goethem, Director, in absence of Mr L. Miko, Deputy Director-General, DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission.
The original letter + annexes will be sent by post with acknowledgment of receipt.

Best regards,

Athina Smyrneli
Assistant 

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Dear Mr. Staes,
 
I refer to your application for access to documents relating to the
adoption of the proposal COM(2015)177 "Proposal for a Regulation of the
European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No
1829/2003 as regards the possibility for the Member States to restrict or
prohibit the use of genetically modified food and feed on their
territory".
 
As you were informed, the part of your request concerning the documents
drawn up by the Commission's Legal Service has been transferred to it on
17 June 2015.
 
In this respect, I would like to inform you that your application is
currently being handled by the Legal Service. However, in view of the
large number and nature of the other requests, including yours, attributed
lately to our service, we have not been in a position to complete the
handling of your request within the limit of 15 working days, which
expired yesterday on the 8^th of July. In these circumstances, we have to
extend the prescribed period by another 15 working days (the new deadline
expires on 30 July 2015). In any case, I can assure that we will do our
utmost to send you the reply in the shortest time possible. We apologise
for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
___________________________
Isabel ITURRITZA
Legal Officer
 
European Commission
Legal Service

BERL 1/107
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2-295 36 58
[1][email address]
 
 
 

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From: ARNOLD-WOERTZ Brigitte (SJ)
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 5:14 PM
To: STAES Bart (EP)
Cc: SJ ACCES DOCS
Subject: Reply from the Legal Service to your request for access to
documents (GestDem 2015/3236)

 

Dear Mr Staes,

 

please find below the reply of the Legal service to your request for
access to documents mentioned above.

 

You also will receive the present reply by registered mail.  

 

Kind regards 

BRIGITTE ARNOLD-WOERTZ
Head of Sector InfoDoc
 
European Commission
Legal Service
Information and Documentation (InfoDoc) 
BERL 1/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 295 08 47
[1][email address]
Legal service website on Europa
[2]http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/legal_service/in...

 

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Please find enclosed a letter and part of the annexes, addressed to Mr
Staes, duly signed by Mr M. Seychell, Deputy Director-General, in absence
of Mr L. Miko, Acting Director-General, DG Health and Food Safety,
European Commission.

Original letter and annexes will be sent by post with acknowledgment of
receipt.

 

You will also receive 2 other e-mail with annexes

 

 

Athina Smyrneli for Vernier Laurent
Assistant 
European Commission
DG Health and Food Safety

Unit E1 – Biotechnology

 

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Please find enclosed the second part of the annexes of the letter
Ares(2015)3200447, which was sent to Mr Staes, duly signed by Mr M.
Seychell, Deputy Director-General, in absence of Mr L. Miko, Acting
Director-General, DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission.

 

 

 

 

Athina Smyrneli for Vernier Laurent
Assistant 
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European Commission
DG Health and Food Safety

Unit E1 – Biotechnology

 

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Please find enclosed the third part of the annexes of the letter
Ares(2015)3200447 which was sent to Mr Staes, duly signed by Mr M.
Seychell, Deputy Director-General, in absence of Mr L. Miko, Acting
Director-General, DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission.

 

 

 

Athina Smyrneli for Vernier Laurent
Assistant 
[1]cid:image001.gif@01CFFDCF.348012E0
European Commission
DG Health and Food Safety

Unit E1 – Biotechnology

 

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