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Documents re: Meetings with the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA)

Rubens Carvalho made this access to documents request to Trade

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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:

1) A list of all meetings between the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) and staff/officials of DG Trade between Jan 2019-present

2) All documents (including but not limited to minutes, participant lists, agenda, presentations) between Jan 2019-present relating to meetings and/or communications between the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) and staff/officials of DG Trade, pertaining to the proposed cross-sectoral supply chain Due Diligence obligations in relations to human rights and environmental impacts.

I would like to make clear I prefer you produce the documents on a rolling basis.
At no point should the Commission’s search for—or deliberations concerning—certain documents delay the production of others that the Commission has already retrieved and elected to produce.

To the extent possible, we prefer the documents in electronic format. Documents that cannot be sent in electronic format should be sent to Willow House 3rd Floor, 72 – 74 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4NA.

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.
I reserve the right to appeal.

Please confirm having received this application. I look forward to your reply within 15 business days, according to the regulation.

Thank you for your assistance.

Rubens Carvalho – Earthsight

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your request for access to documents.

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Best regards,

Access to Documents Team

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Dear Sir,

Please disregard our below e-mail.
We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 17 August 2020 under reference number GESTDEM 2020/4885.

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 7 September 2020. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

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Yours faithfully,
Access to Documents Team

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Dear Mr Carvalho,

We refer to your access to documents request registered on 17.08.2020 under the above mentioned reference number.

Your application is currently being handled. Your request requires extensive research and coordination across several services and therefore we will not be in a position to complete our response within the time limit of 15 working days, which will expire today. We therefore 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 is 28/09/2020.

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

Yours sincerely,

Access to Documents Team

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LUPINA Katarzyna(TRADE), Trade

1 Attachment

Please find attached document Ares(2020)5122063 from WEYAND Sabine (TRADE) dated 30/09/2020.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint le document Ares(2020)5122063 de WEYAND Sabine (TRADE) daté du 30/09/2020.

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