DG Agriculture contacts with biotech industry

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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 documents which contain the following information:

- a list of meetings of DG Agriculture officials and/or representatives(including the Commissioner and the Cabinet) and representatives of the following companies and industry associations: Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Basf, Dow, Dupont/Pioneer, EuropaBio, Bussiness Europe, European Crop Protection Association (ECPA), the European Seed Association (ESA), The European Feed Manufacturers' Federation (FEFAC), AmCham EU and the US Chamber of Commerce between January 2012 and today.

- minutes and other reports of these meetings;

- all correspondence (including emails) between DG Agriculture officials and/or representatives (including the Commissioner and the Cabinet)and representatives of the following companies and industry associations: Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Basf, Dow, Dupont/Pioneer, EuropaBio, Bussiness Europe, European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) and the European Seed Association (ESA) related to genetically modified organisms and biotechnology between January 2012 and today.

- all correspondence (including emails) between the Commissioner and the Cabinet and DG Agriculture related to genetically modified organisms and biotechnology between January 2012 and today.

Yours faithfully,

David Sánchez

Dear Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI),

The deadline to receive an answer for my access to information request ended on may 23. Therefore I would like to remind you of the legal obligation to answer my request.

Yours faithfully,

David Sánchez

Agriculture and Rural Development

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Dear Sir,

 

We refer to your e-mail dated 02/05/2013 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 02/05/2013 under the above mentioned
reference number and your e-mail of today.

Your application is currently being handled by DG AGRI services and the
Cabinet Ciolos.

 

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 on
28/05/2013 as you were informed on 3/05/2013 (see attachment).

 

An extended time limit is needed as your application concerns a large
number of documents and for this reason the responsible services of DG
AGRI need more time to identify and analyse the documents. Moreover, part
of the documents requested originate from third parties which have been
consulted and may still be consulted.

 

Therefore, we have to extend the time limit on the basis of Article 6 (3)
of Reg. (EC) 1049/2001, which provides that "In the event of an
application relating to a very long document or to a very large number of
documents, the institution concerned may confer with the applicant
informally, with a view to finding a fair solution".

 

We believe that it will be possible for us to send you our complete reply
by the 28/06/2013 hoping that you agree with this date.

 

However, I would like to inform you that our first response letter with
the documents of the Cabinet Ciolos is already prepared, is about to be
signed and you will receive a response within the next days.

 

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

 

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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Please find attached document Ares(2013)1517415 concerning "Access to documents request - 1st reply to Mr Sanchez - Partially negative - No Gestdem 2013/2361" sent by Mr PLEWA Jerzy Bogdan on 30/05/2013.

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EC ARES NOREPLY, Agriculture and Rural Development

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Please find attached document Ares(2013)2134955 concerning "Access to documents request - 2nd reply - Negative - Mr Sanchez - No Gestdem 2013/2361" sent by Mr PLEWA Jerzy Bogdan on 14/06/2013.

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