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Contributions to the legislation "Directive 2012/29/EU" by non-governmental organizations

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From: Lena Herbst

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Dear European Counl,

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:

We seek access to documents containing information about which actors have contributed to the legislation "Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime".

We would like the list to include:
- name of actors (organizations, NGOs, politcal foundations, individuals...) who have worked in on and contributed to the legislation
-form of contribution
-form of contact with MEPs (meetings)

Many thanks in advance.
Yours sincerely,
Lena Herbst

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Dear Ms Herbst,

The European Parliament hereby acknowledges receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 27/06/2018 under reference A(2018)7713.

All requests for public access to documents are treated in compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.

Although received by the Parliament, your application is addressed to the European Council. In accordance with Article 6(2) of the above-mentioned Regulation, can you please clarify whether you address this application to the European Council or to the European Parliament?

The European Parliament reserves the right to ask for additional information regarding your identity in order to verify compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 and the European Parliament’s implementing measures.

Your attention is drawn to the fact that you have lodged your application via the AsktheEU.org website, which is a private website not officially related to the European Parliament. Therefore, the European Parliament cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to the use of this system.

Kind regards,

TRANSPARENCY UNIT
European Parliament
Directorate General for the Presidency
Directorate for Inter-Institutional Affairs
and Legislative Coordination

Public Register webpage
[email address]

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Our. Ref.: A(2018)7713

 

 

Dear Ms Herbst,

 

 

This is a reply to your application A(2018)7713 concerning the actors that
have contributed to the Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum
standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime".

 

The several steps of the legislative procedure 2011/0129(COD) that lead to
the adoption of Directive 2012/29/EU, from the Commission proposal to the
adoption of the directive, jointly by the European Parliament and the
Council of the European Union, are set out on the Parliament webpage under
the following link:

[1]http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popup...

 

This webpage also gives an extensive overview of the institutional
contributors (The European Parliament committee involved, the EP
rapporteur, the national Parliaments, etc) to this piece of legislation,
as well as access to their contributions. 

 

The Commission proposal was itself the result of extensive consultations
with interested parties, as detailed by point 2) of the Explanatory
Memorandum of the directive proposal:

[2]http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/do...

 

For access to specific documents of the Commission, we would refer you to
the webpage of the Commission:
[3]https://ec.europa.eu/info/about-european...

 

The Commission proposal was submitted to the European Parliament and the
Council of the European Union for it to be assessed and processed
following the ordinary legislative procedure. For more information on the
legislative procedure or interinstitutional legislative negotiations, see
for example the following link:
[4]http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ordinary-l....

 

For access to specific documents of the Council, we would refer you to the
webpage of the Council:

[5]http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetin...

 

As far as contributions from organizations, NGOs, politcal foundations,
individuals, etc are concerned, the European Parliament and the Commission
jointly manage a Transparency Register, with which interest
representatives (lobbyists) may register. Many of the registered interest
representatives stated the matters they are interested in. Those who have
stated an interest in protecting crime victims (and who might have
published position papers or lobbied Members of the European Parliament on
the legislative procedure 2011/0129(COD)) can found under this link:

[6]http://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister...

 

However, the Register does not provide for the mandatory registration of
all interests representatives and natural persons who may contact Members
of the Parliament. Interest representatives and natural persons are not
required to register all their contacts with MEPs either.  Neither are
they required to state the nature of the contact (whether they have met in
person, discussed a specific topic, sent a letter, participate in a
conference, etc). 

 

Documents from interest representatives, like position papers, may have
been sent to Members of the Parliament. However, in principle, Member’s
documents are not Parliament documents, and Parliament would not be in a
position to access such documents and much less to identify and disclose
them.

 

There is indeed an organic separation between the public mandataries and
the European Parliament itself. According to Rule 116(2) of the Rules of
Procedures, for the purpose of access to documents, the term 'Parliament
documents' means any content within the meaning of Article 3(a) of
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 which has been drawn up or received by
officers of Parliament within the meaning of Title I, Chapter 2, of these
Rules, by Parliament's governing bodies, committees or antiparliamentary
delegations, or by Parliament's Secretariat. In accordance with Article 4
of the Statute for Members of the European Parliament, documents drawn up
or received by the elected representatives or political groups are
Parliament documents for the purposes of access to documents only if they
are tabled in accordance with the Rules of Procedure.

 

Nevertheless, interactions between interest representatives and the
European Parliament are recorded in the event they take place within the
framework of the institution's parliamentary work. In this respect, a
search on the EP Public Register of documents shows that the persons that
have attended official meetings of the European Parliament concerning or
touching upon the legislative procedure concerning standards on the
rights, support and protection of victims of crime. 

 

- see an example under the following link: 

[7]http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegistreWe...

 

We hope this information and documents are useful to you. On the basis of
the above, Parliament considers your application as handled and closes the
file. However, should you identify other specific documents you would be
interested in getting access to, please do not hesitate to come back to
us.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

 

 

[8]LOGO_EP TRANSPARENCY UNIT
European Parliament
Directorate General
for the Presidency
Directorate for
Inter-Institutional
Affairs
and Legislative
Coordination

 

[9]Public Register webpage
[10][email address]

 

 

 

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1. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popup...
2. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/do...
3. https://ec.europa.eu/info/about-european...
4. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ordinary-l...
5. http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetin...
6. http://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister...
7. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegistreWe...
9. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegWeb/app...
10. mailto:[email address]

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