DG AGRI contacts with Clifford Chance

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Dear Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI),

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting all documents, including notes of minutes, emails and other correspondence, relating to contacts between staff of DG AGRI and staff of law firm Clifford Chance, between January 2008 and February 2013.

Yours faithfully,

Rachel Tansey

Agriculture and Rural Development

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Dear Ms Tansey,

 

We refer to your email of 6 February 2013, in which you submit a request
for access to all documents, including notes of minutes, emails ans other
correspondence, relating to contacts  between staff of the
Directorate-General AGRI and staff of law firm Clifford Chance, between
January 2008 and February 2013.

 

This is a very broadly formulated request, which would require extensive
searches on different locations. It is not really feasable to retrieve
documents on these criteria. In particular, for a significant part of the
period covered by your request, there is no central electronic archiving
of correspondence. Therefore, searches in paper files would be necessary,
which would be very labour-intensive and time consuming.

 

Furthermore, correspondence with law firms may cover very different
subjects and some of it is likely to be confidentiual in nature.

 

Consequently, we are unable to handle your request in its present form. We
would kindly ask you to make a more targeted request.

 

Yours sincerely,   

 

Vassiliki ANAGNOSTOU
Access to documents coordinator
European Commission
DG Agriculture and Rural Development
Unit K.2

L130 4/70
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 29 598 94
[1][email address]

 

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Dear Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI),

In accordance with your request for a more targeted access to documents request - due to the labour-intensive and time consuming nature of dealing with my request as previously formulated - I will narrow the time period and scope of my request as follows.

I will reduce the time span of my request to one year, from February 2012 to February 2013. I trust that this will address the issue of having no central electronic archiving of correspondence, for a significant part of the period covered by my original request (Jan 2008-Feb 2013).

Furthermore, since Clifford Chance is a large, multinational law firm, with branches all over the world, I will reduce the scope of my request to cover only correspondence between staff of DG AGRI and three particular branches of Clifford Chance: the Brussels, Paris and London offices of Clifford Chance.

Yours faithfully,

Rachel Tansey

Agriculture and Rural Development

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Dear Ms Tansey,

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 08/02/2013.  We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
11/02/2013 under reference number GestDem 2013/763.

 

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
04/03/2013. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Vassiliki ANAGNOSTOU
Access to documents coordinator
European Commission
DG Agriculture and Rural Development
Unit K.2

L130 4/70
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 29 598 94
[1][email address]

 

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EC ARES NOREPLY, Agriculture and Rural Development

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Please find attached document Ares(2013)243084 concerning "Access to documents request - Ms Tansey - No Gestdem 2013/763" sent by Ms NAESAGER Lene on 25/02/2013.

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