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Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

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:

- the agendas for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Trade and Technology (TTC) Ministerial Summits (respectively on 15-16 May 2022, 5 December 2022, and 30-31 May 2023);

- Background briefings, including but not restrained to programmes of each of these 3 summits;

- Minutes, verbatim reports, and transcripts of meetings that occured during these 3 summits and 1 month before each of these 3 summits regarding their preparation;

- Documents containing the names of units that are involved or co-lead TTC Working Groups (but no personally identifying information is requested);

- Email correspondence exchanged the month before each of these 2 summits by units involved in TTC working groups about the TTC (including their attachments)

I remain at your disposal should you need more information about my request.

Yours faithfully,

Charles M

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Your message has been received by the Transparency Unit of the
Secretariat-General of the European Commission.
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[1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.
The Secretariat-General will reply to your request within 15 working days
upon registration of your request and will duly inform you of the
registration of the request (or of any additional information to be
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Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
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der Kommission behandelt.
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sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir or Madam,

We are writing to you concerning your request for access to documents sent
on 17/08/2023 and registered on 17/08/2023 under case number 2023/4891.

Since you have not indicated your postal address, we are not able to start
handling your request. The 15 working days to reply to your request will
start running only when you send us your postal address.

You can send your postal address by replying to this e-mail. If we do not
receive your reply we may close this case.

Please note that you can submit a request for access to Commission
documents via the portal [1]'Request a Commission document', which does
not require you to indicate your postal address.

Why do we need your personal postal address?

Since 1 April 2014, the submission of a postal address became a mandatory
feature when submitting an application for access to Commission documents
via an e-mail. We would like to explain why we need your postal address in
order to register and handle your application for access to documents when
submitted via e-mail:

• Firstly, to obtain legal certainty as regards the date you received
the European Commission reply to your application for public access to
documents. Article 297 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the
European Union (TFEU) states that 'decisions which specify to whom
they are addressed, shall be notified to those to whom they are
addressed and shall take effect upon such notification.' In line with
this provision, if the Commission does not grant full access to the
requested documents, it notifies the reply to the applicant via
registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt or via delivery
service. This requires an indication of a valid postal address by the
applicant;
• Secondly, to apply correctly the [2]Data Protection Regulation (EU)
2018/1725. Knowing whether the applicant is an EU resident (or not) is
necessary for deciding which conditions shall apply for the
transmissions of personal data to applicants for access to documents.
These conditions are not the same for recipients established in the
Union and for recipients in third countries. As the vast majority of
the documents requested contain personal data, the Commission cannot
ensure the correct application of the data protection rules in the
absence of a postal address;
• Thirdly, to apply correctly [3]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001. Article
4(1)(b) of that Regulation refers to the protection of the privacy and
integrity of the individual and has to be applied in line with the
Data Protection Regulation;
• Fourthly, to protect the interest of other citizens and safeguard the
principle of good administration. The Commission has to treat all
citizens equally by ensuring that the legal framework for public
access to documents is respected. For example, it has to verify
whether Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 is being evaded
by introducing several requests under different identities. Indeed, in
its Ryanair judgment ([4]EU:T:2010:511), the General Court confirmed
that Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 cannot be evaded by
splitting an application into several, seemingly separate, parts. In
addition, the Commission has to make sure that the legal framework is
respected and the right of access to documents is not abused by making
requests under an invented identity.

The considerations above show that the request for and the consequent
processing of the applicant's postal address is not only appropriate, but
also strictly necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the
public interest within the meaning of Article 5(1)(a) of Data Protection
Regulation, namely providing a smooth and effective access to documents.

Yours faithfully,

Secretariat-General - Access to Documents
European Commission

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Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

My postal address is the following:

13, rue des capucines
92370, Chaville
France

Yours faithfully,

Charles M

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Your message has been received by the Transparency Unit of the
Secretariat-General of the European Commission.
Requests for public access to documents are treated on the basis of
[1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.
The Secretariat-General will reply to your request within 15 working days
upon registration of your request and will duly inform you of the
registration of the request (or of any additional information to be
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir or Madam,

We hereby acknowledge the receipt of your request for access to documents
sent on 17/08/2023 and registered on 17/08/2023 under the case number
2023/4891.

We will handle your request within 15 working days as of the date of
registration. The time-limit expires on 07/09/2023. We will let you know
if we need to extend this time limit for additional 15 working days.

To find more information on how we process your personal data, please see
[1]the privacy statement.

Yours faithfully,

Secretariat-General - Access to Documents
European Commission

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sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir,

I order to advance your request we kindly ask you to provide your full
name? This is necessary for legal reasons and the receipt of your reply.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

European Commission

Access to Documents Team

Dear Access to Documents Team,

My full legal name is Charles Martinet.

Yours faithfully,

Charles M

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Your message has been received by the Transparency Unit of the
Secretariat-General of the European Commission.
Requests for public access to documents are treated on the basis of
[1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.
The Secretariat-General will reply to your request within 15 working days
upon registration of your request and will duly inform you of the
registration of the request (or of any additional information to be
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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CNECT-CAD@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir,

We refer to your request for access to documents, registered under the
reference number EASE 2023/4891.

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 today. An extended time limit is
needed as different services must be consulted.

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 28 September
2023.

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

Yours faithfully,

DG CONNECT Access to Documents Team 

TRADE-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Mr Martinet,

We refer to your application for public access to documents of 17 August
2023, registered under the EASE reference number 2023/5026.

Your application is currently being handled and the reply to it should be
finalised very soon.

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 7
September 2023, i.e. today.

An extended time limit is needed as in order to retrieve the documents
requested, large files have to be examined. Also, the application concerns
documents held by different Services, which must be consulted.

Therefore, we have to extend the time limit by 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 28 September 2023.

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

Yours sincerely,

DG TRADE Access to Documents Team

European Commission

Directorate General for Trade

Unit R3 – Transparency, Civil Society and Communications

CHAR

1049 Brussels

Belgium

CNECT-CAD@ec.europa.eu,

1 Attachment

Dear Sir,

Please find attached a message concerning your request for access to
Commission documents registered under the above case number 2023/4891.

Kind regards,

DG CONNECT Access to Documents Team

CNECT-CAD@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir,

We refer to your request for access to documents registered under the
reference number 2023/4891.

Unfortunately, we are not able to send the reply to your application
within the given time limit, which expires today.

You will receive the reply to your application as soon as possible.

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

Yours faithfully,

DG CONNECT Access to Documents Team

European Commission

Rue de la Loi 51

B-1049 Brussels/Belgium

Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

I am kindly following up on my FOI request. I understood from your 'proposal for a fair solution' that I would receive up to 15 documents related to my request. To help you further narrow down my request, I would be interested in :
1) Document containing the names of units that are involved or co-lead TTC Working Groups (1)
2) Background briefings (5)
3) Minutes/ Back to Office (BTO) reports/ Read-outs of meetings regarding the preparation of
the abovementioned summits: at least 2 from each of the following types of meetings:

(a) members of the Cabinets of the relevant Commissioners and their U.S. Government counterparts
(b) Commissioners and U.S. Government counterparts
(c) Between TTC deputies (DG Connect and U.S. government counterparts)

Thank you very much for your assistance in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Charles M

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Your message has been received by the Transparency Unit of the
Secretariat-General of the European Commission.
Requests for public access to documents are treated on the basis of
[1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.
The Secretariat-General will reply to your request within 15 working days
upon registration of your request and will duly inform you of the
registration of the request (or of any additional information to be
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

I am kindly following up on my previous message. At your disposal should you need any additional information,

Yours faithfully,

Charles M

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Your message has been received by the Transparency Unit of the
Secretariat-General of the European Commission.
Requests for public access to documents are treated on the basis of
[1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.
The Secretariat-General will reply to your request within 15 working days
upon registration of your request and will duly inform you of the
registration of the request (or of any additional information to be
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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CNECT-PUBLIC-ACCESS-TO-DOCUMENTS, Communications Networks, Content and Technology

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Dear Sir,

Thank you for your email.

You will receive the reply to your application as soon as possible.

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

Yours faithfully,
DG CONNECT Access to Documents Team

European Commission
DG Connect – ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
Rue de la Loi, 51
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium

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CNECT-CAD@ec.europa.eu,

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Hello,

Please find attached a message concerning your request for access to
Commission documents registered under the above case number 2023/4891.

Please acknowledge the receipt of this message by return email.

Kind regards,

DG CONNECT Access to documents Team

Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

Thank you for sending the requested documents,

All the best,
Charles