Correspondence with MSF

Lili Bayer made this access to documents request to Health and Food Safety

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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 the following information:

Any correspondence between DG SANTE and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) during the time period between November 2020 and February 2021.

Any internal notes or correspondence among DG SANTE staff which mention Doctors Without Borders (MSF) between November 2020 and February 2021.

Yours faithfully,

Lili Bayer
Rue de la Loi 62
Brussels 1040
Belgium, Health and Food Safety

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Dear Madam,


Thank you for your e-mail of 11 May 2021. We hereby acknowledge receipt of
your application for access to documents, which was registered on 12 May
2021 under reference number GESTDEM 2021/3111.


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 7
June 2021. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.


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Yours faithfully,




European Commission
Health and Food Safety




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Dear Madam,


We refer to your request dated 11 May 2021 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 12 May 2021 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 today on 7 June 2021.


An extended time limit is needed as the application concerns documents
held by different Services 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 28 June 2021.


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


Yours faithfully,




European Commission
Health and Food Safety




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Dear Madam,

Please find attached the reply from SANTE.

According to standard operational procedure, the reply is usually also sent to you by registered post. Please note, however, that due to the extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during to the COVID-19 epidemics, which include the requirement for all Commission non-critical staff to telework, we are unfortunately not in a position to follow this procedure until further notice. We would therefore appreciate if you could confirm receipt of the present e-mail.

Yours faithfully,