DG Trade contacts with industry lobbyists about EU-US trade negotiations

Olivier Hoedeman made this access to documents request to Trade

The request was partially successful.

From: Olivier Hoedeman

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Dear DG Trade,

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 Trade officials and/or representatives (including the Commissioner and the Cabinet) and representatives of individual companies, including lobby consultancies and law firms, and/or industry associations, in which the upcoming trade negotiations with the US were dealt with (between January 2012 and today);

- minutes and other reports of these meetings;

- all correspondence (including emails) between DG Trade officials and/or representatives (including the Commissioner and the Cabinet) and representatives of individual companies (including lobby consultancies and law firms) and/or industry associations, in which the upcoming trade negotiations with the US were dealt with (between January 2012 and today).

Please note that we are already aware of the documents related to the Civil Society Dialogue and to the initial general public consultations organised by DG Trade (http://trade.ec.europa.eu/consultations/..., so that these documents do not have to be included in the response to this request.

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman
on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

Thank you for our request for access to documents which has been registered under the number Gestdem 2013/2132. This message is an acknowledgement of receipt.

In accordance with Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, you will receive a reply within 15 working days (15/05/2013).

Yours faithfully,

Raluca MOLDOVAN
Access to Documents

European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society
CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 2984 177
[email address]

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

We have tried several times to contact you on this email address. For whichever reason it cannot be delivered and the email keeps getting back to us. Could we kindly ask you to contact us or provide us with an alternative email address?

Thank you in advance

Kind regards
Raluca Moldovan
DG TRADE Access to Documents

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From: Olivier Hoedeman

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Dear Raluca Moldovan, DG TRADE,

thank you for your email of 25 April (enclosed at the end of this message), You argue that our application "concerns a very large number of documents" and propose that we "could narrow down the scope of your request, so as to reduce it to a more manageable amount of documents (for example would you want the correspondence/meeting reports with certain companies or associations?)". We are surprised by your response, as our request was actually very focused both in terms of topic, actors and time: correspondence/meeting reports with industry on the EU-US FTA talks, between January 2012 and today.

Unless it turns out that there have been hundreds of meetings and a corresponding amount of correspondence, we are not convinced that this is a request of the kind to which Article 6(3) applies ("an application relating to a very long document or to very large number of documents").

For now, we would like to maintain our request without narrowing it down. We are very concerned that our request - on an issue of major public interest - could suffer unjustified delay. To clarify this matter, we believe that it would be appropriate for the Commission to put together a full list of all meetings falling under our request. Similarly, we would appreciate receiving a list of all correspondence falling under our request.

If the number of documents (meeting reports and correspondence) is indeed "very large", then we would like to receive a precise timeline for when the documents will be released. We can accept if for instance meeting reports are prioritised and released faster than correspondence, but (based on previous experiences) we fear that without a precise timeline there will be unreasonable delays. Such a timeline also allows us to file confirmatory applications if unreasonable delays occur.

Yours sincerely,

Olivier Hoedeman
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

Subject: FW: Your access to documents request Gestdem 2013/2132
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:23:40 +0000
From: <[email address]>
To: <[email address]>
CC: <[email address]>

Dear Mr Hoedeman

We have tried to contact you on the AskTheEU emai address but I see the server is down and the email keeps coming back to us. We refer to your le-mail dated 19/04/2013 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered the same day under the above mentioned reference number.

Your application concerns a very large number of documents, which need to be assessed individually. Such a detailed analysis cannot be carried out within the normal time limits set out in Article 7 of Regulation 1049/2001.The handling of your request also involves the assessment of documents originating from third parties. The analysis of these documents, together with the need to consult the third parties concerned in accordance with Article 4(4) 4(5) of Regulation 1049/2001, cannot be expected to be completed within the normal time limits set out in Article 7 of Regulation 1049/2001.

However, the Regulation also provides for a possibility to confer with applicants in order to find a fair solution when an application concerns a very large number of documents. Article 6(3) provides that "in the event of an application relating to a very long document or to very large number of documents, the institution concerned may confer with the applicant informally, with a view to finding a fair solution".

Based on this provision, we would kindly ask you whether you could narrow down the scope of your request, so as to reduce it to a more manageable amount of documents (for example would you want the correspondence/meeting reports with certain companies or associations?). If that is not possible and if you maintain your request for access to all documents concerned by your application, we propose to handle your application in successive stages. If you accept this proposal, you could indicate an order of priority, which we will follow as much as possible in handling your application. You will receive, at regular intervals, batches of documents which have been cleared for release or a reasoned reply explaining why some documents cannot be disclosed.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Kind regards,

Raluca MOLDOVAN
Access to Documents

European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society

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Dear Mr Hoedeman

We refer to your le-mail dated 19/04/2013 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered the same day under the above mentioned reference number.

Your application is currently being handled. 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 15/05/2013. An extended time limit is needed as your application as your application concerns a very large number of documents, which need to be assessed individually.

Therefore, 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 06/06/2013.

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

Kind regards,

Raluca MOLDOVAN
Access to Documents

European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society
CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 2984 177
[email address]

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From: Olivier Hoedeman

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Dear Raluca Moldovan, DG Trade,

thank you for your message of 15 May, which announces that the response to my access-to-documents request will be delayed with another 15 working days. The delay is disappointing, but I also noticed that your message did not comment on the questions of clarification and the suggestions that I had put forward. To avoid the impression that this is a case of unjustified delay, I would be grateful for some clarification. You refer to "a very large number of documents"; could you clarify how many documents this is (approximately)? We had argued that it would be appropriate for the Commission to put together a full list of all meetings (and correspondence) falling under our request. Is the Commission planning to do this?

We had made a suggestion for which documents to prioritise and also requested "a precise timeline for when the documents will be released". Is the plan now that all documents will be released at the same time, when the new time limit expires on 06/06/2013?

Thanks in advance for

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman

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Dear Olivier,

Thank you for your message. We are currently in the early stages of assessing your request and are not yet in a position to give a detailed estimate of the number of documents potentially covered. As you will be aware there is considerable interest in the EU-US agreement which has attracted a number of access to document requests. Yesterday, we were already able to reply partly to CEO's request (GESTDEM 2013/1521), (attaching 18 documents out of 43), related to investment aspects of the future EU-US agreement. However, your requests are not the only ones currently in the pipeline, meaning that we are not able to handle them as rapidly as we would like. We normally take requests in the order received and the time required relates to the complexity of the request made.

This was also the reason for our proposal of a fair solution regarding the timing, scope and handling of the request.

While we have not yet completed the process of identifying documents covered by the request, we already know that its breadth means that several units within the trade department as well as the Cabinet are involved. Our best guess for the moment is that we will only have a first overview of the situation during the middle of June and will update you at that point.

I wish you very nice weekend.
Best regards,

Indre VAICEKAUSKAITE
Access to Documents

European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society
CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 295 61 07
[email address]

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Dear Olivier,

I would like to discuss your access to documents request. Would were be a possibility contacting you via the phone?
We can follow the conversation by an email so that people interested in the development of this request on www.asktheeu.org would still be informed.

Kind regards,
Indre

Indre VAICEKAUSKAITE
Access to Documents

European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society
CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 295 61 07
[email address]

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Dear Olivier,

Following my email on Monday, and absence of reply from your side, I assume that you are not available to talk with me on the phone about your access to documents request. In this case I will try to give you a little state of play and approach we taken to handle your request.

We will be treating your request in 3 parts:

1. a list of meetings of DG Trade officials and/or representatives (including the Commissioner and the Cabinet) and representatives of individual companies, including lobby consultancies and law firms, and/or industry associations, in which the upcoming trade negotiations with the US were dealt with (between January 2012 and 19/04/2013);
• This part of your request will be dealt under access for information rules, as we need to create a new specific list that contains all the meetings. I have already 1st draft made, containing around 65 meetings but I’m waiting for final contributions, to make sure that the list is complete, before we release it.

2. minutes and other reports of these meetings;
• Most of the meetings listed in the meeting list contain a report; around 60 reports are being screen by DG Trade under your request. Please note that even if we have around 60 reports that fall under your request we need to go through much higher number of documents to identify those, or parts that relate to your request.

3. all correspondence (including emails) between DG Trade officials and/or representatives (including the Commissioner and the Cabinet)and representatives of individual companies (including lobby consultancies and law firms) and/or industry associations, in which the upcoming trade negotiations with the US were dealt with (between January 2012 and today).
• We have started identifying the documents for this part of your request, as we go, but we will only start screening them after the first batch containing documents under point 2 will be in circulation for approval of our hierarchy.

I can understand that you would be willing to get an indicative date to receive these documents, unfortunately, we cannot yet commit to a specific date, due to the following reasons:
• the team that are screening the documents are very much involved in negotiations process, meaning that they are also preparing for the 1st round of negotiations that will take place week of 8th of July.
• documents you are asking for, have a sensitive nature. They contain our negotiating positions towards US as well as our reflections on the positions of the US. We need to screen the documents cautiously in order not to damage the climate of confidence needed for upcoming negotiation process.
• big part of the documents comes from third parties, and in some cases we need to consult them.

We will try to do our best in sending you 1st batch (containing documents under 2nd part of your request + list of meetings) by the end of July, please keep in mind that this date is only indicative and I will keep you informed on further developments of your request in a meantime.

I'm happy to discuss further if you have any questions

Kind regards,
Indre

Indre VAICEKAUSKAITE
Access to Documents

European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society
CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 295 61 07
[email address]

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From: Olivier Hoedeman

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Dear Indre Vaicekauskaite (DG Trade),

thank you for your email and the response via asktheeu.org. We appreciate the detailed update, but of course regret the additional delay in the disclosure of the information that we requested. Would it not be possible to release the list of meetings first (and not only together with the meeting reports)?

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

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Dear Olivier,

Indeed, it should be possible, and I will try to do my best to release 'the list of meetings' as soon as, I'm sure it’s a final and complete version.

Best regards,
Indre

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Dear Olivier,

 

Please find attached a list of meetings where EU-US trade negotiations
have been discussed.

Most of the meetings included in the list had a broader agenda and EU-US
trade negotiations was only one part of multiple topics discussed.

 

We have also excluded our meeting with Civil Society, as requested by you
in your initial request.

 

As regards to meeting reports,

 

We are still working in preparing a 1^st part of the reply (on the
reports) to you, and I hope to put the file in circulation for approval of
our hierarchy in the  1^st part of August. As its holiday time I think
that a realistic date for you to receive this reply would be beginning of
September.

 

Seeing the time it takes for us to screen the reports I have also asked
the units involved to start working on the correspondence part of your
request. I will keep you updated on the developments.

 

Best regards,

Indre

Indre VAICEKAUSKAITE
Access to Documents

[1]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/images/ec-logo...
European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society

CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 295 61 07
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Dear Olivier,

 

Following my bellow email, our cabinet has identified 5 more meetings
falling under the scope of your request. We do not have reports for these
meetings.

 

10/04/2012 BT Chairman visit EU-US trade policy issues
  Stakeholder Workshop EurActiv EurActive debate on
transatlantic relations
Meeting on the latest
18/10/2012 Dr.T. Becker, BMW Group developments and future
perspectives in the field of
EU-Trade relations
28/11/2012 CEN/CENELEC & ANSI Transatlantic eMobility Round
Table
31/05/2012 Mayer Brown Europe-Brussels LLP Trade policy panel dedicated to
US and EU FTA policies

 

Best regards,

Indre

 

From: TRADE ACCES DOCUMENTS
Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2013 2:47 PM
To: 'Olivier Hoedeman'
Cc: TRADE ACCES DOCUMENTS
Subject: 2013/2132 - info request - 1st reply - list of meetings with
stakeholders

 

Dear Olivier,

 

Please find attached a list of meetings where EU-US trade negotiations
have been discussed.

Most of the meetings included in the list had a broader agenda and EU-US
trade negotiations was only one part of multiple topics discussed.

 

We have also excluded our meeting with Civil Society, as requested by you
in your initial request.

 

As regards to meeting reports,

 

We are still working in preparing a 1^st part of the reply (on the
reports) to you, and I hope to put the file in circulation for approval of
our hierarchy in the  1^st part of August. As its holiday time I think
that a realistic date for you to receive this reply would be beginning of
September.

 

Seeing the time it takes for us to screen the reports I have also asked
the units involved to start working on the correspondence part of your
request. I will keep you updated on the developments.

 

Best regards,

Indre

Indre VAICEKAUSKAITE
Access to Documents

[1]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/images/ec-logo...
European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society

CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 295 61 07
[2][email address]

 

 

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From: Olivier Hoedeman

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Dear Indre Vaicekauskaite, DG Trade (TRADE),

thank you for the lists of meetings sent on 18 July and 6th of August.

I have two questions of clarification. Firstly, the document sent on 18 July is titled 'List of meetings with stakeholders'. Does this mean that this is a complete list of DG Trade meetings with ALL stakeholders on the trade negotiations with the US, rather than only a list of meetings with business (excluding the Civil Society Dialogue and other general public consultations organised by DG Trade)? My original request was focused on 'individual companies (including lobby consultancies and law firms) and/or industry associations', but of course a complete list of all meetings with all stakeholders on the issue of the TTIP is even more useful.

Secondly, you wrote on August 6th that you have identified 5 more meetings, but the list only mentions meetings on four dates. Could you clarify this?

I look forward to receiving the reply regarding the reports of the meetings, which you indicated I can expect in the beginning of September.

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman

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Dear Olivier,

Thank you for your message.

To answer your first question, let me clarify that we have taken a more open rather than a restrictive approach to your request while identifying all the meetings that would fall under your request.

Just as an example we have included meetings we had with trade unions such as ETUC and AFLCIO, think-thanks like CFR, or a workshop at Euroactive. Furthermore, we have also included all the meetings with the US Chamber of Commerce or events that they have organized to which we were invited. We have also included events where Commissioner or Cabinet members were invited to deliver a speech.

To answer your second question, I have sent a table that the HTML format used by asktheeu website does not seem to support correctly. We have identified 5 meetings which I list again below. Unfortunately we do not know the exact date for the second meeting and therefore only 4 dates had appeared in my previous email to you.

1. 10/04/2012 - BT Chairman visit ---- EU-US trade policy issues
2. Stakeholder Workshop EurActiv ---- EurActive debate on transatlantic relations
3. 18/10/2012 - Dr.T. Becker, BMW Group ---- Meeting on the latest developments and future perspectives in the field of EU-Trade relations
4. 28/11/2012 - CEN/CENELEC & ANSI ---- Transatlantic eMobility Round Table
5. 31/05/2012 - Mayer Brown Europe-Brussels LLP ---- Trade policy panel dedicated to US and EU FTA policies

We are working on the meeting's reports which we hope to be able to send you shortly, however it will not be in the beginning of September as indicated in my previous email, but more towards the end.

Kind regards,

Indre

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

 

Please find attached a reply to your request mentioned in the subject.

Due to the large amount of documents that I need to attach and limited
capacity of the email account I will be sending them in separate emails.
This one is the first of six emails.

Could you please acknowledge the receipt.

 

Kind regards,

 

European Commission
DG TRADE
Unit F3
CHAR 09/36
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 295 61 97/ 296 74 19
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From: Olivier Hoedeman

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Dear DG Trade,

after submitting a request for documents ('DG Trade contacts with industry lobbyists about EU-US trade negotiations') on April 19th, I was informed that the number of documents covered was very large and that I would "receive, at regular intervals, batches of documents which have been cleared for release". In July I received a list of meetings between DG Trade and industry lobbies and on October 4th I was sent a first batch of documents. That is now eight weeks ago and since then I have not heard anything. Such a slow pace of releasing the documents is clearly at odds with Regulation 1049/2001. Could you inform me what the schedule for releasing the documents looks like? I would like to point out that it is now eight months ago that I made my original request and only a small part of the documents have been released.

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

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Dear Olivier,

Thank you for your email, and my apologies for the delay in replying to you.

As you have noted in your email you have already received from us:
1) List of meetings in July 2013
2) 85 documents (correspondence part) fully released in October 2013

I understand your disappointment in the time that it takes for us to release the documents, but I hope CEO being our frequent requestor you should understand, that we are screening all the documents in order to give you widest possible access and that this process of partial release is very demanding, as we need to assess line by line every part of the document in order to comply with the Regulation and make sure that release of these parts will not undermine international relations, commercial interests or even decision making process (art. 4 of the Regulation). In addition, and in line with case law, we need to provide you with detailed explanations why we think that non disclosed parts are covered by exceptions of the regulation.

As regarding the question of the timeline for your request, I can already inform you that the next batch is being finalised, and will shortly be put into circulation for approval of our hierarchy, it contains 44 meeting reports, and I hope you will receive it in January 2014.

I would like to apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

I will keep you informed on further developments of your file, but please don't hesitate to contact me by phone or email.

Kind regards,
Indre

Indre VAICEKAUSKAITE
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DG TRADE
Unit A3 - Information, communication and civil society
CHAR 7/90
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 295 61 07
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From: Olivier Hoedeman

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Dear Indre Vaicekauskaite, DG Trade,

thank you for your update and the announcement that the meeting reports might be released in January 2014. If this means the end of January, that means yet another month of delay. We are indeed disappointed with the extremely slow speed, which in practice means that there's a serious lack of transparency around DG Trade's contacts with industry lobbyists in the preparations of the EU-US trade negotiations (TTIP). These delays are incompatable with Regulation 1049/2001 and references to DG Trade's internal procedures do not justify such delays. We therefore urge DG Trade to release the remaining documents covered by our request as soon as possible and before January 18th (nine months after our request was submitted), otherwise we will submit a complaint to the European Ombudsman.

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman
on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,
 
Thank you for your access to documents request registered as Gestdem
2013/2132, requesting access to documents under Regulation No 1049/2001
regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission
documents.
 
Please find attached DG Trade's reply.
 
You may want to visit the pages on trade relations with the US of the
Directorate General for Trade in Europa, the European Commission's
website, at:
[1]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countri...
 
We would greatly appreciate if you could acknowledge receipt of this
email.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Víctor García
 
Víctor García López-Berges
European Commission
DG TRADE E1 – USA and Canada
CHAR 8/216
B-1040 Brussels-Belgium
Rue de la Loi 170
1040 Bruxelles/Brussel
+32 2 29 80202
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Dear Mr Hoedeman,
 
Thank you for your access to documents request registered as Gestdem
2013/2132, requesting access to documents under Regulation No 1049/2001
regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission
documents.
 
Please find attached DG Trade's reply.
 
 
You may want to visit the pages on trade relations with the US of the
Directorate General for Trade in Europa, the European Commission's
website, at:
[1]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countri...
[2]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focu...
 
 
We would greatly appreciate if you could acknowledge receipt of this
email.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Víctor García
 
Víctor García López-Berges
European Commission
DG TRADE E1 – USA and Canada
CHAR 8/216
B-1040 Brussels-Belgium
Rue de la Loi 170
1040 Bruxelles/Brussel
+32 2 29 80202
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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

 

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 may, of course, use directly the electronic form for entering your
request:

 

[1]http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/...

 

Thank you very much for your help.

 

Kind Regards

 

LUKASZ MICHALSKI
Unit B3 Secretary
 
European Commission

Directorate-General for Internal Market and Services
Unit B3: Application of single market law and European Parliament

 

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

We refer to your e-mail dated 05/09/2014 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 05/09/2014 under the above mentioned
reference number.

We would be grateful if you could send us your postal address, which is
required to deal with your request.

Your application is currently being handled. 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 26/09/2014.

An extended time limit is needed as in order to retrieve the documents
requested, large files have to be examined.

Therefore, 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 17/10/2014.

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

Yours sincerely,

 

LUKASZ MICHALSKI
Unit B3 Secretary
 

 

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

 

We refer to your e-mail dated 5/9/2014 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 05/09/2014 under the above mentioned
reference number.

 

Firstly, we would like to thank you for confirming your postal address.

 

An extended time limit is needed in order to answer your request. Your
application concerns a large number of documents, which need to be
assessed individually. This kind of a detailed analysis could not be
carried out within the normal time limits set out in Article 7 of
Regulation 1049/2001. However, the Regulation also provides for a
possibility to confer with applicants in order to find a fair solution
when an application concerns a very large number of documents. Article
6(3) provides that "in the event of an application relating to a very long
document or to very large number of documents, the institution concerned
may confer with the applicant informally, with a view to finding a fair
solution".

 

Based on this provision, we propose to send you our answer no later than
on 8 November 2014.

 

If you have any questions concerning this proposal, you can contact us:

 

Didier Boulouque

Commission européenne
DG Marché intérieur et services
Unité B-3: Application du droit du marché unique
B-1049 Bruxelles
Tél: 00.32.2.295.08.14
Fax: 00.32.2.299.21.06
e-mail: [1][email address]

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

LUKASZ MICHALSKI
Unit B3 Secretary
 

 

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,
 
Thank you for your access to documents request registered as Gestdem
2013/2132, requesting access to documents under Regulation No 1049/2001
regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission
documents.
 
Please find attached DG Trade's reply.
 
You may want to visit the pages on trade relations with the US of the
Directorate General for Trade in Europa, the European Commission's
website, at:
[1]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countri...
[2]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focu...
 
 
We would greatly appreciate if you could acknowledge receipt of this
email.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Víctor García
 
 
Víctor García López-Berges
European Commission
DG TRADE E1 – USA and Canada
CHAR 6/220
B-1040 Brussels-Belgium
Rue de la Loi 170
1040 Bruxelles/Brussel
+32 2 29 80202
[3][email address]
 
 
 
 

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