DG Trade on regulatory cooperation in TTIP

Lora Verheecke made this access to documents request to Trade

The request was partially successful.

From: Lora Verheecke

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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:

– on the topic of regulatory cooperation in TTIP, all correspondence (including emails), the list of meetings with detailed minutes and any other reports of such meetings between DG Trade's officials (including the Commissioner and his Cabinet members) and representatives of the following organisations:

-CEFIC
-European Crop Protection Association (ECPA)
-Bayer
-BASF
-Syngenta
-Cosmetics Europe
-BusinessEurope
-American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU)
-USA Government
-UK Government
-German Government
-French Government
-Spanish Government

(between December 2013 and December 2014)

Should my request be denied wholly or partially, please explain the
denial or all deletions referring to specific exemptions in the
regulation. Also I expect the partial release of documents, in case
of partial exemption according to article 4.6.

Do not hesitate to get back to me should you need any further
information which could facilitate your research.

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke
on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Corporate Europe Observatory
26 rue d'Edimbourg
1050 Brussels

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Trade

Dear Ms Verheecke,

I hereby acknowledge the receipt of your email of today 19/02/2015 registered also today under the reference number GESTDEM 2015/1011.

In accordance with Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, you will receive a response to your request within 15 working days: 12/03/2015. If this deadline needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

You have lodged your application via the AsktheEU.org website. Please note that this is a private 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.

Best regards,

DG Trade

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Dear Ms Verheecke,

We refer to your e-mail dated 19/02/2015 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered on the same day under the above mentioned reference number.

Your application is currently being handled. We were not in a position to complete the handling of your application within the time limit of 15 working days, which expired yesterday.
An extended time limit is needed as your application concerns a large number of documents and third parties may need to be consulted. We are in the process of identifying the documents now and then they will need to be assessed individually. We aim at sending you a reply in batches: as soon as a meaningful part of the reply is ready, we'll send it.

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 07/04/2015.
We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

Yours faithfully,
DG Trade

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Thank you for your answer.

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Could you please update me on the status of this request?
Your deadline expired on 7th April.
Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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Trade

Dear Ms Verheecke,

We are still working on this large request. We hope to be able to send the first batch to you very soon.

Thank you for your patience and we do apologize for the delay.

Best regards,
DG Trade

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Thank you very much for this update.

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Could you please update me on the status of this request?

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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Trade

Dear Madam,
We should be able to send you a reply by the end of august. The consultations between the DGs are ongoing, therefore at this point in time it is difficult to identify the documents. However the Unit in charge will do its best to provide you with what it will be available.
Thank you,
DG TRADE

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Dear Trade,

Thank you very much for this information.

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

You wrote in a previous message that you could send me the documents by the end of August.
Could you please update me on the status of my request?
Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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Trade

Dear Ms Verheecke,

We do apologize for the long delay in replying to your request. We are still working on it, currently assessing the documents. Your request concerns a large number of documents, but we are hoping to send you at least the first batch soon.

Best regards,
DG TRADE

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Thank you for this update.

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Could you please update me on the status of my request?

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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Trade

Dear Ms Verheecke,

The first batch of documents for your request are part of a big package of 123 documents that will soon be sent out on another request concerning stakeholder meetings in relation to TTIP. This package is circulating for validation currently and should be out in the coming days. We shall keep you informed.

As a second batch we are identifying and assessing documents on contacts with the Commission and the different governments (Member State or USA) that you specify in your request. We will try to send you more specific information and timeline of a reply very soon.

We apologize for the delay and thank you for your understanding.

Best regards,
DG TRADE

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Thank you very much.

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Could you please give me more information on the status of my request?

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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Trade

Dear Ms Verheecke,

Our apologies for not coming back to you on this earlier. The colleagues in the unit dealing with the TTIP negotiations are working on your reply as their priority on access to documents work. We will send you a reply as soon as it can be finalized.

In the meantime, we have sent (13 October) a large number of documents (related to stakeholder contacts on TTIP in 2014) to another applicant from the CEO office in Cologne, also using an ask-the-eu -email-address. Would it be possible for you to check those documents and see if they answer part of your request?

Best regards,
DG TRADE

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Thank you for this update and for sending the documents to my colleague.

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Could you please give me information on the status of this request?

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Could you please provide me information on the status of this request?

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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Trade

Dear Ms Verheecke,

Despite several reminders the unit in charge has not been able to finalize this reply. They are working on it and we will update you again next week.

We apologise again for the delay.

Best regards,
DG TRADE - ATD TEAM

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Could you please give me an update of the status of my request?

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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Trade

Dear Ms Verheecke,

The unit dealing with your request has now finalized the letter and assessment of documents and the file is now circulating for signature.

We will send you the reply as soon as possible in the coming days.
Best regards,
DG TRADE

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Thank you very much. I am looking forward to your letter

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

I have sent you a request for documents more than a year ago.
Could you please explain why I have not received any documents yet?

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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Trade

Dear Ms Verheecke,

We apologise for this regrettable delay and for any inconvenience it might have caused.
The process was delayed as we had to consult an additional unit. The reply has now been put back into circulation to be approved by our hierarchy.
We hope to be able to send it to you very soon.

Kind regards,
DG TRADE

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Thank you for this update. I am looking forward to reading your documents soon.

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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From: Lora Verheecke

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Dear Trade,

Thank you very much for all those documents.

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke

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