Correspondence and minutes related to the EU CO2 emission standards for new passenger cars

Julia Loder made this access to documents request to Mobility and Transport

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Dear Moblity and Transport,

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:

For the period between 1 January 2007 to date:

- a list of all meetings and/or calls held by the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, including any Cabinet Members and/or officials, with industry association representatives during which EU legislation on CO2 emission standards for cars and vans were discussed.
The list should include: date, individuals attending and organisational affiliation, as well as the issues discussed;

- all minutes and other reports of these meetings and/or calls;

- all documents prepared for the purpose of the meetings issued both in preparation and after the meetings took place.
- all correspondence, including attachments (i.e. any emails, mail correspondence or telephone call notes) between the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, including any Cabinet Members and/or officials, and any industry association representative discussing EU legislation on CO2 emission standards for cars and vans.

To the extent possible, I prefer the documents in electronic format.
Should my request be denied wholly or partially, I kindly request to explain the denial or all redactions referring to specific exemptions in the regulation. Also I would expect the partial release of documents, in case of partial exemption according to article 4.6.

Please confirm receipt of this application. I look forward to receiving your reply within 15 business days, as established by the regulation.

Yours faithfully,

Julia Loder (German citizen)

MOVE-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Mobility and Transport

Dear Ms. Loder,

Thank you for your e-mail of 05 November 2021 found in the junk mail of the MOVE ACCES DOCUMENTS functional box.

Unfortunately, you have not indicated your postal address. This is necessary for registering and handling your request in line with the procedural requirements.

Please send us your full postal address at your earliest convenience. Pending your reply, we reserve the right to refuse the registration of your request.

Alternatively, you may use directly the electronic form available on the Europa website: http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/....

Best regards,

MOVE ACCES DOCUMENTS TEAM
European Commission
Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport
Unit MOVE A4
Legal Issues & Enforcement

▪ Postal address: Europese Commissie/Commission européenne, B-1049 Brussel/Bruxelles
▪ Office address: Rue de Mot 28, B-1040 Brussels
▪ Tel. +32 2 299 11 11
E-mail: [DG MOVE request email]

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Dear [email address],

Thank you very much for your response.

I hereby send the postal address:
Julia Loder (German citizen)
Institute for Economy and the Environment
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 6/8
9000 St. Gallen
Switzerland

I look forward to hearing from you again.

Yours sincerely,

Julia Loder

MOVE-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Mobility and Transport

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Dear Ms. Julia Loder,

 

We refer to your e-mail of 5 November 2021, in which you make a request
for access to documents, found in the junk mail of the MOVE ACCES
DOCUMENTS functional box.

 

You request access to documents related to meetings “during which EU
legislation on CO2 emission standards for cars and vans were discussed”.

Please note, however, that EU legislation on CO^2 emission standards
should fall under the remit of Directorate-General for Internal Market,
Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), of Directorate-General for
Climate Action (DG CLIMA) or of the Directorate-General for Environment
(DG ENV).

 

Indeed, the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) is
not responsible for legislation concerning CO^2 emissions standards for
new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles, such as
Regulation (EU) 2019/631. This policy area does not fall under the mission
statement of DG MOVE.

 

For that reason, it is possible that DG MOVE may not be able to identify
relevant documents that would fall under the scope of your request, given
the improbability that any DG MOVE services or that Members of the Cabinet
of Commissioner Vălean held meetings or calls specifically on this
subject.

 

We would therefore please ask you to clarify, pursuant to Article 6(2) of
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to documents, whether
your request indeed concerns meetings held by DG MOVE, or if you would
like to reformulate your request in order to refer to meetings held by
other services of the Commission, such as DG ENV, DG CLIMA or DG GROW.

 

In case you indeed intend to request documents concerning meetings held by
DG MOVE, unfortunately, your description still does not enable us to
identify specific documents that would correspond to your request.

 

We therefore invite you, also pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC)
No 1049/2001 regarding public access to documents, to provide us with more
detailed information on the documents that you seek to obtain. In
particular, we would be grateful if you could specify which stakeholders
you are interested in, and if possible, to narrow down the time scope of
your application, in order to allow us to define a concrete number of
documents.

 

Please note that you can look at the transparency register of meetings
held with stakeholders by Commissioner Vălean, by the Members of her
Cabinet, and by Director-General Henrik Hololei at the following links:

Commissioner Vălean - [1]Meetings with organisations and self-employed
individuals (europa.eu)

Members of the Cabinet of Commissioner Vălean - [2]Meetings with
organisations and self-employed individuals (europa.eu)

Director-General Henrik Hololei - [3]Meetings with organisations and
self-employed individuals (europa.eu)

 

If you need assistance in clarifying or specifying your application,
please let us know.

In accordance with the third paragraph of Article 2 of Commission Decision
2001/937/EC, please note that the deadline of 15 working days for handling
your application will only run when we receive the requested
clarifications.

 

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Kind regards,

 

MOVE ACCES DOCUMENTS TEAM

 
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European Commission
Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport

Unit MOVE A4

Legal Issues & Enforcement

▪ Postal address: Europese Commissie/Commission européenne, B-1049
Brussel/Bruxelles

▪ Office address: Rue de Mot 28, B-1040 Brussels

▪ Tel. +32 2 299 11 11

E-mail: [5][DG MOVE request email]

 

 

 

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Dear [email address],

Thank you very much for your reply.

I understand that the EU CO2 emission performance standards fall under the remit of DG Clima. In case there have been meetings or there has been correspondence with industry associations or companies and DG Move mentioning the terms "combustion engine cars" (or ICE vehicles) and "phase out" / "ban" or "restriction", I would be grateful if you could make them available. If there are no such documents, I thank you very much for your support and will consider this enquiry as closed.

Yours sincerely,

Julia Loder

MOVE-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Mobility and Transport

Dear Ms. Julia Loder,

Thank you very much for your e-mail.
Unfortunately, your description still does not enable us to identify specific documents that would correspond to your request.

We therefore once again invite you, also pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to documents, to provide us with more detailed information on the documents that you seek to obtain. In particular, we would be grateful if you could specify which stakeholders you are interested in, and narrow down the time scope of your application, in order to allow us to identify a concrete number of documents.

Please note that you can look at the transparency register of meetings held with stakeholders by Commissioner Vălean, by the Members of her Cabinet, and by Director-General Henrik Hololei at the links provided on our previous e-mail.
In case we do not receive a reply to this request, we will consider this enquiry closed, as suggested.

Thank you once again for your understanding.
Kind regards,

MOVE ACCES DOCUMENTS TEAM
European Commission
Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport
Unit MOVE A4
Legal Issues & Enforcement

▪ Postal address: Europese Commissie/Commission européenne, B-1049 Brussel/Bruxelles
▪ Office address: Rue de Mot 28, B-1040 Brussels
▪ Tel. +32 2 299 11 11
E-mail: [DG MOVE request email]

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Dear [email address],

Thank you very much for your e-mail.

Attempting to answer your request to specify my enquiry, I am sending you a list of actors/associations that I am particularly interested in:
- European Automobile Manufacturers' Association
- European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association
- Automotive Industry Association (Czech Republic)
- Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Automóviles y Camiones
- European Aluminium Association
- European Small Volume Car Manufacturers Alliance
- European Tyre & Rubber manufacturers association
- European Concrete Paving Association
- European Steel Association (EUROFER)
- WorldAutoSteel
- Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association
- Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association
- Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd
- Verband der Automobilindustrie
- Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers

In case there are DG Move documents (email exchange, minutes of meetings, etc.) mentioning any of these actors in combination with the topics internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEs), ban/phase-out and/or CO2 emissions, I would be grateful to receive them.

Yours sincerely,

Julia Loder

MOVE-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Mobility and Transport

Dear Ms. Julia Loder,

Thank you very much for these additional clarifications.

You did not provide us with a specific time period for your reformulated request. In your previous request, you referred to all documents between 1 January 2007 to date.
However, as this is an extremely wide time period, the scope of your request must be reduced in a way that would enable its processing within the extended deadline of 15 + 15 working days.

We would therefore propose to narrow down the scope of your request in order to cover a period of five years up to date.

We kindly ask you to confirm your agreement to this arrangement.

Best regards,
MOVE ACCES DOCUMENTS TEAM

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Dear [email address],

Thank you for your swift answer.
If the time period 1 January 2007 to date is too wide, I agree to your proposed period of five years up to date, so November 2016 until November 2021.

Best regards,

Julia Loder

MOVE-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Mobility and Transport

Dear Ms. Loder,

Thank you for your e-mail of 05 November 2021 found in the junk mail of the MOVE ACCES DOCUMENTS functional box. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 22 November under reference number GESTDEM 2021/7216.

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 13 December 2021. In case this time-limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

For information on how we process your personal data visit our page Privacy statement – access to documents.

Yours faithfully,

MOVE ACCES DOCUMENTS TEAM
European Commission
Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport
Unit MOVE A4
Legal Issues & Enforcement

▪ Postal address: Europese Commissie/Commission européenne, B-1049 Brussel/Bruxelles
▪ Office address: Rue de Mot 28, B-1040 Brussels
▪ Tel. +32 2 299 11 11
E-mail: [DG MOVE request email]

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MOVE B4 SECRETARIAT, Mobility and Transport

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Dear Ms LODER,

Please find enclosed a letter concerning your request to access documents GESTDEM 2021/7216.

Kind regards.

MOVE B4 Secretariat
European Commission

MOVE B4 SECRETARIAT, Mobility and Transport

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Dear Ms Loder,

Please find a letter concerning your request to access documents GESTDEM 2021/7216.

Wishing you a happy new year.

MOVE B4 Secretariat
European Commission

Dear MOVE B4 SECRETARIAT,

Many thanks for the letter. I am looking forward to hearing from you again by 15 February 2022.

Wishing you a happy new year as well.

Yours sincerely,

Julia Loder

MOVE-B4-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu, Mobility and Transport

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Dear Ms LODER,

 

Please find the reply to your request to access documents.

 

Kind regards

 

MOVE B4 SECRETARIAT

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European Commission

Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport
Unit B4 – Sustainable and Intelligent Transport

 

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Dear [email address],

Many thanks for your email and the documents attached. I hereby confirm their receipt.

Yours sincerely,

Julia Loder