Contacts with Michel Petite and other Clifford Chance staff

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Dear Legal Service (SJ),

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents,
including notes of minutes, emails and other correspondence between
or Legal Services staff and Mr. Michel Petite or other lawyers working with Clifford Chance.

Yours faithfully,

Erik Wesselius

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Sent request to Legal Service again, using a new contact address.

Legal Service

Dear Mr. Wesselius,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 06/02/2013. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 07/02/2013 under reference number GestDem 2013/0593.

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 28/02/2013. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

Yours sincerely,

MARINUS CHRIST

European Commission
Legal Service, Information and Documentation Group

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Legal Service

Dear Mr Wesselius,

I refer to your e-mail of 6 February 2013 by which you present a request for access to documents of the Legal Service. Your request reads as follows:

"Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as
developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents,
including notes of minutes, emails and other correspondence between
or Legal Services staff and Mr. Michel Petite or other lawyers
working with Clifford Chance."

In this regard, I would like to underline that Clifford Chance is a global law firm employing hundreds of lawyers dealing with a high variety of subject matters.

Article 6(1) of Regulation 1049/2001 provides that "applications for access shall be made in a sufficiently precise manner to enable the institution to identify the document". Pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article 6, "if an application is not sufficiently precise, the institution shall ask the applicant to clarify the application and shall assist the applicant in doing so,…".

Since your application is formulated in very broad terms without any limitations as to the possible persons and matters concerned or the period covered, we kindly request you to clarify its scope in relation to these three points in order to enable the Commission to identify the document(s) which would be subject of your application.

Pending that clarification, the Legal Service is not in a position to deal with your request.

Yours sincerely,

Marinus Christ
European Commission
Legal Service, Information and Documentation Group

Dear Mr. Marinus Christ,

In accordance with your request for clarification on my access to documents request of 6 February 2013, I hereby split up my request in two parts:

1) I request access to ALL documents (including notes of minutes, emails and other correspondence) dating from the period 1 January 2012 - 25 February 2013 AND relating to the (revision of) the Tobacco Products Directive AND relating to contacts between Legal Services staff and Mr. Michel Petite or other lawyers working with the Brussels, Paris or London offices of Clifford Chance.

2) I also request access to ALL documents, including notes of minutes, emails and other correspondence relating to contacts between Legal Services staff and Mr. Michel Petite over the period 1 January 2008 - 25 February 2013.

Yours sincerely,

Erik Wesselius

Legal Service

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Dear Mr. Wesselius,
 
Thank you for your e-mail dated 26/02/2013, in which you have clarified,
in accordance with Article 6(2) of Regulation 1049/2001, your request for
access to documents of 06/02/2013, registered under reference number
GestDem 2013/0593.
 
According to your clarifications, your request has been registered on
26/02/2013 as follows:
 
"1) Request for access to all documents (including notes of minutes,
emails and other correspondence) dating from the period 1 January 2012 -
25 February 2013 and relating to the (revision of) the Tobacco Products
Directive and relating to contacts between Legal Services staff and Mr.
Michel Petite or other lawyers working with the Brussels, Paris or London
offices of Clifford Chance.
 
2) Request for access to all documents, including notes of minutes, emails
and other correspondence relating to contacts between Legal Services staff
and Mr. Michel Petite over the period 1 January 2008 - 25 February 2013."
 
In accordance with Regulation 1049/2001 your application will be handled
within 15 working days running from 26/02/2013. The time limit will expire
on 19/03/2013. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
___________________________
Isabel ITURRITZA
European Commission
Legal Service

BERL 1/107
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2-295 36 58
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Legal Service

Dear Mr Wesselius,

We refer to your message of 26 February 2013 below by which you clarified your request for access to documents presented on 6 February 2013.

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 19/03/2013.

An extended time limit is needed as we are still busy identifying and analysing the documents concerned by your request.

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 12/04/2013.

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

Yours sincerely,

Marinus Christ
European Commission
Legal Service, Information and Documentation Group

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Legal Service

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Dear Mr Wesselius,

Please find attached the reply to your request GestDem 2013/0593.

Yours sincerely,

Marinus Christ
European Commission
Legal Service, Information and Documentation Group