DG HOME contacts with Clifford Chance

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Dear Home Affairs (HOME),

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 HOME and staff of law
firm Clifford Chance, between January 2008 and February 2013.

Yours faithfully,

Rachel Tansey

Migration and Home Affairs

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 and other correspondence, relating to contacts between staff of the Directorate-General Home Affairs 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 feasible 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 confidential 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,

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Dear Home Affairs (HOME),

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 HOME and three particular branches of Clifford Chance: the Brussels, Paris and London offices of Clifford Chance.

Yours faithfully,

Rachel Tansey

Migration and Home Affairs

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your email dated 08/02/2013 in which you specified your request from 06/02/2013. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 08/02/2013 under the reference number GestDem 2013/0600.

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 01/03/2013. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

Yours faithfully,

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Dear Ms Tansey,

Please find the reply to your request of Access to Documents - DG HOME Affairs - attached.

Yours faithfully,

HOME ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

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