Communication with Austria regarding nationalization of HGAA

The request was refused by Competition.

Dear Competition,

on December 23, 2009, the Commission approved the Austrian
nationalization of Hypo Group Alpe Adria.

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:

any communication with Austrian officials regarding the
aforementioned issue (HGAA), any documents submitted by Austria
regarding the nationalization.

I also feel the need to argue for overriding public interest in advance: state securities of 19 billion € are invested in this bank, a parliamentary inquiry is about to start, and the scandal surrounding the bank and the nationalization has not left the public discourse for years. As a journalist, I am convinced this should be reason enough for a maximum amount of transparency.

Yours faithfully,
Markus Hametner
derStandard.at | DER STANDARD
c/o Markus Hametner
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 13
A-1030 Wien
AUSTRIA

Email sent on 05/02/2015

 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION
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Subject : GESTDEM 2015/0744 - access to information request -
Communication with Austria regarding nationalization of HGAA - SA.30065 (N
698/2009), deadline 26/02/2015

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Dear Sir,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 05/02/2015. We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered
on 05/02/2015 under reference number Gestdem 2015/0744.

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
26/02/2015. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.

Yours faithfully,

 

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Dear Sir,

Subject:       Your application for access to documents – Ref GestDem No
2015/0744

We refer to your e-mail dated 05/02/2015 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 05/02/2015 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 26/02/2015.

An extended time limit is needed as your application concerns a large
number of documents some of which originate from third parties which need
to 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 18/03/2015.

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

Yours faithfully,

 

Dana Breazu

Administrative Assistant
 
European Commission
DG Competition
Unit D5 Financial Crisis

MADO 10/060
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
Tel: +32 229-91955
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Subject: Your application for access to documents – Ref GestDem No 2015/0744

Dear Sir,

We refer to your e-mail dated 05/02/2015 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered on 05/02/2015 under the above mentioned reference number.

Please find attached a scan of the reply to your request for access to documents.

The paper version of the reply signed by the Director General will be sent to you shortly by registered mail.

Yours faithfully,

State Aid Registry
European Commission
DG Competition

MADOU Office 12/59

B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
Tel: +32 2 29 61154

Fax: +32 2 29 61242