Correspondance with DG SANTE

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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 all correspondance (including emails), agendas, minutes of meetings and any other reports of such meetings between officials/representatives/Commissioner/cabinet member of DG SANTE and the following companies over the past year:

-Dow chemicals
-DuPont
-Syngenta
-Bayer
- Monsanto

Do not hesitate to get back to me should you need any further information which could facilitate your research.

Kind regards,

Myriam Douo
Friends of the Earth Europe
Mundo B Building
Rue D'Edimbourg 26
1050 Brussels,
Belgium

Health and Food Safety

Dear Ms Douo,

Thank you for your email dated 16/12/2016.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 19/12/2016 under reference number GestDem 2016/7142.

In your application, you requested access to "documents which contain all correspondence (including emails), agendas, minutes of meetings and any other reports of such meetings between officials/representatives/Commissioner/cabinet member of DG SANTE and the following companies over the past year: Dow chemicals, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer, Monsanto".

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 17/01/2017. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

In your request, you asked for all correspondence with a number of companies. Such a search could potentially involve many units within DG SANTE. We were wondering if you could, pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to documents, provide us with more detailed information on the topics you are interested in. Such guidance would facilitate our search for relevant documents.

The 15 working days, the time limit for handling your application, will start running when we receive a reply from you.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Yours faithfully,

European Commission
DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
Email: [DG SANTE request email]

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Health and Food Safety

Dear Ms Douo,

We refer to your request for access to documents dated 16.12.2016 in which you asked for all correspondence with a number of companies.

We were wondering if you could, pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to documents, specify which topics you are interested in. Such guidance would facilitate our search for relevant documents.

The 15 working days, the time limit for handling your application, will start running when we receive a reply from you.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Yours faithfully,

European Commission
DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
Email: [DG SANTE request email]

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Dear DG Health and Food Satefy ,

Thank you for your reply. I am afraid I'm not able to specify my request. I am asking for all types of document (email, letters, minutes, date and attendees list of meetings) constituting bilateral or multilateral interactions between DG SANTE and Dow Chemicals, Dupont, Syngenta, Baryer and Mondanto during the past year.
I am not aware of the nature of the communication between those companies and the Commission so I am not able to give you more precision on topics as this is what I would like to find out through this request.

Thank you in advance for providing these document at your earliest convenience.

Yours faithfully,
Myriam Douo

Health and Food Safety

Dear Ms Douo,

Thank you for your reply. We understand that the aim of your request is to receive information on the nature of the communications between the companies you mentioned and the Commission.

However, some of the companies you mention are manufacturers of both pesticides/GMO's and of pharmaceuticals.

Could you please indicate if your request also extends to purely pharmaceutical matters, such as marketing authorisations of new medicines and quality requirements for active pharmaceutical ingredients?

Considering the common denominator of the companies listed in your request and the centre of interest of your organisation, we assume that documents purely related to "pharmaceuticals for human use" are not covered by your request.

Could you please confirm that this interpretation of your request is correct?

Kind regards,

SANTE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

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Dear Health and Food Safety,

Yes indeed I can confirm that my request does not cover documents related to "pharmaceuticals for human use".
Thank you for your helping narrowing down my request.

Best,
Myriam Douo

Dear Health and Food Safety,

I have already answered your question, please see my reply of January 6th.

Yours faithfully,

Myriam Douo

Health and Food Safety

Dear Ms Douo,

We refer to your email dated 16/12/2016 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered on the same date 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 17/01/2017.

An extended time limit is needed as your application concerns different units within DG SANTE which must 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 07/02/2017.

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

Yours faithfully,

SANTE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
European Commission
DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
Email: [DG SANTE request email]

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Health and Food Safety

Dear Ms Douo,

The reply to your request for access to documents is being finalised and will be sent to you in one of the coming days.

We apologise for any inconvenience this delay may cause.

Kind regards,

SANTE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

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Dear Ms Douo,

 

Please find attached our reply to your request for access to documents
that was registered under the reference number 2016/7142.

 

We apologise for the delay in sending you this reply and for any
inconvenience this may have caused.

 

Kind regards,

 

SANTE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

 

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European Commission

DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE)

Email: [2][DG SANTE request email]

 

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Dear DG Health and Food Safety,

Thank you for your reply and sorry about the time it took me to get back to you.
From the lists you provided to me, I would like to request the following documents:
-From the first list, documents N° 1; 10; 11; 12; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 18,1; 19; 21; 22; 23; 24; 28; 29; 30; 31; 35; 36; 37; 38 and 46.
-From the second list, documents n° 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 34; 25; 26; 28; 29; 30; 31; 32; 33 and 34.
-From the third list, documents n° 8; 10; 12; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 22; 25; 26; 27; 28; 46; 52; 55; 56; 74; 86; 91; 106; 118; 124; 133; 138; 140; 141; 143; 173; 174; 175.
-From the fourth list, the following documents: 'Meeting between Dupont and Deputy Director General Mr Miko'; 'Meeting between Monsanto and Deputy Director General Mr Miko (glyphosate and biotech)'; 'Discussion on glyphosate with the Glyphosate Task Force' and 'Discussion on glyphosate and GMOs'.
-From the last list, documents n° 1; 2 and 4.

Thanks you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Myriam Douo

Dear DG Health and Food Safety,

Your response to my access to document request is long overdue.
Thank you for providing the documents I asked for as soon as possible.

Best,
Myriam Douo

Health and Food Safety

Dear Ms Douo,

Thank you for your message.

Although we replied to you on 17 February 2017, you only sent to us the list of documents you wished to receive on 31 May 2017.

Many of these documents originated from third parties, which had to be consulted.

We are now preparing our reply to your request.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Kind regards,

SANTE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

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Health and Food Safety

Dear Ms Douo,

We can inform you that our reply to your request is now finalised.

The requested documents will be sent to you as soon as the accompanying letter is formally signed.

Kind regards,

SANTE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

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3 Attachments

Please find enclosed a copy of a letter and its attachement, adressed to
Ms Myriam Douo, duly signed by Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General in
the absence of Mr Xavier Prats Monné, Director-General, European
Commission, DG for Health and Food Safety.
 
Original letter and CD-ROM containing documents fully or partially
disclosed were send by registered mail.
 
Best regards,
 
 
European Commission
Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
Safety of the Food Chain
Biotechnology
Rue Breydel 4
B232 4/114
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium