Covington & Burling revolving doors

The request was refused by Human Resources and Security.

Dear Human Resources and Security (HR),

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, and further to the publication of this article by the New York Times on 18 October 2013: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/19/world/... I am requesting any documents (emails, correspondence, meeting minutes etc) regarding the Commission's investigation into these revolving door allegations and specifically into the former "top energy official, who arrived in September with a copy of a draft fracking plan that has yet to be made public."

I am making an identical request to DG Energy.

Yours faithfully,

Vicky Cann

Human Resources and Security

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From: HR ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
Sent: Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:00 PM
To: '[FOI #947 email]'
Cc: HR ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
Subject: GestDem Cann 2013/5404. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT - access to
information request - Covington & Burling revolving doors
 
 
Dear Madam Cann,
 
Thank you for your e-mail dated 04/11/25013.  We hereby acknowledge
receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered
on 05/11/2013 under reference number GestDem 2013/5404.
 
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
26/11/2013. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
HR ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
 
European Commission
DG Human Resources and Security
Unit R.1
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
[1][DG HR request email]
 
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Dear Madam Cann,
 
Thank you for your e-mail dated 04/11/25013.  We hereby acknowledge
receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered
on 08/11/2013 under reference number GestDem 2013/5493.
 
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
29/11/2013. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
HR ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
 
European Commission
DG Human Resources and Security
Unit R.1
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
[1][DG HR request email]
 
 
 
 

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From: HR ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
Sent: Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:00 PM
To: '[FOI #947 email]'
Cc: HR ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
Subject: GestDem Cann 2013/5404. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT - access to
information request - Covington & Burling revolving doors
 
 
Dear Madam Cann,
 
Thank you for your e-mail dated 04/11/25013.  We hereby acknowledge
receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered
on 05/11/2013 under reference number GestDem 2013/5404.
 
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
26/11/2013. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
HR ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
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European Commission
DG Human Resources and Security
Unit R.1
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
[1][DG HR request email]
 
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Dear Madam,

 

We refer to your e-mail dated 04 November 2013 in which you make a request
for access to documents,

registered on 8 November 2013 under the above mentioned reference number,
i.e. GestDem 2013/5493.

 

As this request is the same as the request GestDem 2013/5404, we refer to
this reply which was sent by Ms Thinam Jakob on 15 November 2013 (see
letter in attachment).

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Annick Janssens (on behalf of Ms Thinam Jakob, Head of unit HR.B.1)

 
European Commission
DG HR
Unit B/1 Ethics, Rights and Obligations!
SC11 03/27
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 295 00 67
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Dear Human Resources and Security (HR),

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Human Resources and Security (HR)'s handling of my FOI request 'Covington & Burling revolving doors' and 'Covington & Burling revolving doors #2'. This confirmatory application covers both 2013-5404 and 2013-5493. I wish to make several points:

1. These two requests are not "the same" as stated by Annick Janssens in her correspondence of 29 November. 2013-5404 asked for the Staff Regulations Article 16 paperwork on four officials; 2013-5493 asked for documents relating to the Commission's investigations into the allegation that a former DG-Energy official had left the Commission in possession of non-public documents relating to fracking.

2. The New York Times article of 18 October 2013: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/19/world/... made some serious allegations and stated quite explicitly that "He and others on the recently expanded lobbying team [at Covington & Burling] there have delivered at least four senior European Union policy makers to the firm’s doorstep in recent months, including a top energy official, who arrived in September with a copy of a draft fracking plan that has yet to be made public."

3. Based on this information, I think it should be perfectly possible for DG HR and DG Energy to check the files of recently departed DG Energy officials (say going back 18 months) to see if anyone had left for Covington & Burling. Considering that the New York Times had made a serious allegation, this seems like the minimum that the Commission should do to verify its veracity and to investigate a potentially serious conflict of interest and breach of the Staff Regulations, Article 17.

4. I also think it should be possible for DG HR to ask other DGs what Article 16 records they might have of officials who have recently left for Covington & Burling in the past 18 months.

5. I also consider that it would be appropriate for the Commission to contact Covington & Burling to discuss the allegations, to ask for the names of the individuals referred to and to investigate the situation accordingly, particularly in relation to the unpublished document on fracking.

In conclusion, I do not accept that the Commission cannot identify the individuals concerned, until and unless it has taken the above steps, which I think are wholly merited, considering the serious nature of the allegation that the New York Times article makes.

I also think that this case illustrates, once again, why the Commission should create a central database of all revolving door cases so that when allegations are made, they can be rapidly investigated and dealt with accordingly. In my view that would be administratively efficient and a far more effective way of monitoring possible conflicts of interest.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/covin...

Yours faithfully,

Vicky Cann

Human Resources and Security

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your email dated 02/12/2013.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access to documents, which was registered on 03/12/2013 under reference number GestDem 2013/5404– Ares(2013) 3629761.

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 03/01/2014. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Carlos Remis
SG.B.5.
Transparence.
Berl. 05/329.

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Human Resources and Security

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your email dated 02/12/2013.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access to documents, which was registered on 03/12/2013 under reference number GestDem 2013/5493– Ares(2013) 3629871.

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 03/01/2014. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Carlos Remis
SG.B.5.
Transparence.
Berl. 05/329.

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Dear Mrs Cann,
Kindly find herewith a letter concerning your confirmatory application for
access to documents (gestdem 2013-5404).
       
Yours sincerely,
 
Paul SIMON
Unit SG.B.5, Transparency
European Commission
 

Human Resources and Security

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Dear Mrs Cann,
Kindly find herewith a letter concerning your confirmatory application for
access to documents (gestdem 2013-5493).
       
Yours sincerely,
 
Paul SIMON
Unit SG.B.5, Transparency
European Commission
 

Human Resources and Security

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Dear Ms Cann,

Kindly find the answer to your confirmatory application concerning your
request for access to documents pursuant to Regulation (EC) N° 1049/2001
regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission
documents (Gestdem 2013/5493).
Yours sincerely,
Carlos Remis
SG.B.5.
Transparence.
Berl. 05/329.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Human Resources and Security

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Dear Ms Cann,

Kindly find herewith a letter concerning your application for access to
documents (gestdem 2013/5404).
Yours sincerely,
Carlos Remis
SG.B.5.
Transparence.
Berl. 05/329.