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Details of meeting between David Bannerman MEP and Trade Commissioner and others, 13 March 2019

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From: Clive Bates

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Dear Trade,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting:

1. Confirmation the David Bannerman MEP met with the "trade commissioner and senior EU trade representatives" on or around 13 March 2019 as he claimed in a tweet of the same date.
https://twitter.com/DCBMEP/status/110587...

Full text of Mr Bannerman's tweet:
"Utter nonsense. Barnier has ruled out a transition not GATT Article 24. I was in private meetings (so can not divulge) with trade commissioner and senior EU trade representatives today. Ball is still very much in play."

2. Any relevant documents about the meeting with Mr Bannerman - including correspondence with Mr Bannerman's office, meeting agenda, any minutes and any briefing provided to Commission officials present.

3. Any legal or policy advice DG Trade has related to the applicability and relevance of the transitional provisions allowed under Article XXIV GATT in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement ("no deal").

With thanks for your expeditious co-operation.

Yours faithfully,

Clive Bates
London, United Kingdom

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Dear Mr. Bates,
 
Thank you for your request for access to documents.
 
Unfortunately you have not indicated your postal address that is required
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.
 
You have lodged your application via the AsktheEU.org website. Please note
that this is a private third-party website which has no link with any
institution of the European Union. Therefore, the European Commission
cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to
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Yours sincerely,
Access to Documents Team
European Commission
DG TRADE
 
 

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From: Clive Bates

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Dear Trade,

As requested here is my address:

4 Pentney Road
London
SW12 0NX
United Kingdom

My apologies for any inconvenience.

Yours faithfully,

Clive Bates

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Dear Mr Bates,
 
Thank you for your e-mail of today. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your
application for access to documents, which was registered on 14 March 2019
under reference number GestDem 2019/1542.
 
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 4
April 2019. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.
 
You have lodged your application via the AsktheEU.org website. As we
informed you in our email earlier today in which we asked you to give your
address, please note that this is a private third-party website which has
no link with any institution of the European Union. Therefore, the
European Commission cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or
problems linked to the use of this system.
 
Please note that the private third party running the AsktheEU.org website
is responsible and accountable for the processing of your personal data
via that website, and not the European Commission. For further information
on your rights, please refer to the third party’s privacy policy.
 
We understand that the third party running that website usually publishes
the content of applicants’ correspondence with the European Commission on
that website. This includes the personal data that you may have
communicated to the European Commission (e.g. your private postal
address).
 
Similarly, the third party publishes on that website any reply that the
Commission will send to the email address of the applicants generated by
the AsktheEU.org website.
 
If you do not wish your correspondence with the European Commission to be
published on the AsktheEU.org website, you can provide us with an
alternative, private e-mail address for further correspondence. In that
case, the European Commission will send all future electronic
correspondence addressed to you only to that private address.
 
Yours sincerely,
Access to Documents Team
 
European Commission
DG TRADE
 

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From: Clive Bates

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Dear Trade,

I would appreciate an response to this FOI request, which is now overdue.

With thanks in anticipation.

Yours faithfully,

Clive Bates

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Dear Mr Bates,

Your application is currently being handled. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to complete the handling of your application within the time limit of 15 working days, which expired on 04/04/2019. The reply is at the final stage of the internal procedure.

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 30/04/2019.

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

Yours sincerely,
Access to Documents Team

European Commission
DG TRADE

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From: Clive Bates

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Dear Trade,

Thank you for your response explaining there is a delay in meeting my FOI request and an extension up to 30 April 2019. I would be surprised if my request meets the criteria for a delay under Article 7(3) of the FOI regulation.

"3. In exceptional cases, for example in the event of an application relating to a very long document or to a very large number of documents, the time-limit provided for in paragraph 1 may be extended by 15 working days, provided that the applicant is notified in advance and that detailed reasons are given."

The request I made was relatively simple - did a meeting take place and could I have any papers relating to the meeting, with a more general enquiry about one article of GATT.

If it would help, please treat the first two requests within my initial application separately from the third. I do not want to trigger an overly burdensome request unintentionally and will modify the request if that is what has happened.

Yours faithfully,

Clive Bates

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Dear Mr Bates,
 
Please find attached a letter in reply to your access to documents request
registered under GestDem 2019/1542.
Yours sincerely,
Access to Documents Team
European Commission
DG TRADE
 
 

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