Communications between directive and Irish Government regardings VHI Insurance

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Dear Competition (COMP),

The Competition directive is believed to have raised concerns with the Irish central bank regarding the authorisation of state-owned health insurer VHI.

A European Court ruling last September found that the VHI being exempt from Central Bank authorisation and regulation was in breach of certain EU directives.

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 and all communications between the competition directive and;

The Central Bank of Ireland;
The Irish Government;
Any other statutory body of the Irish State;

Relating to the VHI and/or the VHI's current exemption from Central Bank authorisation and regulation.

Also; Any and all communications between the competition directive and any other EU body relating to the same exemption mentioned above.

Yours faithfully,


Acknowledgement of receipt

Dear Mr. Mark,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 16.12.2011 registered on 16.12.2011. I hereby acknowledge receipt of your request for access to documents.

In accordance with Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, you will receive a response to your request within 15 working days.

Yours sincerely,

Kani Karava

European Commission

Competition DG - Document management and procedures

Rue de la loi, 200 B-1049 Brussels

Office : J-70 03/38

Tel.: 02/295.71.72

Fax: 02/298.72.26

Email: [email address]

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Dear Mr Mark,
We are currently finalising the Commission's reply to your email dated 16
December 2011 which was registered under our reference Gestdem 2011/6370
and in which you requested access to documents sent and received by the
Commission and the Irish authorities in the abovementioned infringement

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send us at least you full name?

Thank you and best regards,

Lukas Bortel

Legal officer
European Commission
Directorate General Internal Market and Services
Insurance and Pensions
1049 Brussels, Belgium
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Dear Competition (COMP),

My full name is 'Mark Coughlan'

Yours faithfully,


EC ARES NOREPLY, Competition

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Veuillez trouver ci-joint le document Ares(2012)66636 concernant "Access to documents (infringement proceedings No 2006/5023)" envoyé par M. FAULL Jonathan le 20/01/2012.

Please find attached document Ares(2012)66636 concerning "Access to documents (infringement proceedings No 2006/5023)" sent by Mr FAULL Jonathan on 20/01/2012.

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