Documents related to infrastructures lobby groups

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Dear Energy, January 27, 2016

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 between DG Energy officials and representatives
of ACS, Acciona, FCC, Ferrovial, OHL, Sacyr and the Spanish private providers of
infrastructure (including renewable energy, water and services; companies and industry groups, but also lobby consultancies, law firms and others working for this industry clients or otherwise representing the industry of infrastructure, renewable energy, water and services. ) in the period between june 1st 2014 and today;)

- minutes and other reports of these meetings;

- a list of meetings between DG Energy officials and representatives of ACS, Acciona, FCC, Ferrovial, OHL, Sacyr and the Spanish private providers of infrastructure (including renewable energy, water and services; companies and industry groups, but also lobby consultancies, law firms and others working for this industry clients or otherwise representing the industry of infrastructure, renewable energy, water and services) in the period between june 1st 2014 and today;)

I would prefer you to produce the documents on a rolling basis, rather than waiting until the full response is ready, and I would be pleased to receive an initial list of all documents as soon as possible.

Rue du Viaduc, 11
1050 Brussels, Belgium

Yours faithfully,

Ekaitz Cancela

Dear M. Cancela,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 27/01/2016. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 25/01/2016 under reference number GestDem 2016/345.

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 17/02/2016. In case this time limit 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.

Yours faithfully,

Team Access to Documents
European Commission
Secretariat General
Unit B4 - Transparency

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Dear Mr Cancela,

 

We refer to your letter e-mail dated 27/01/2016 in which you make a
request for access to documents, registered on the same day under the
above mentioned reference number.

 

The handling of your request involves the search for and assessment of
possibly very big number of documents, where many of them originate from
third parties. The analysis of these documents, together with the need to
consult the third parties concerned in accordance with Article 4(4) and
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 relates to
a very long document or 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.

 

In accordance with the case law of the EU Courts, such a solution can only
concern the content or the number of documents applied for, not the
deadline for replying.  This means that the scope of the request must be
reduced in a way that would enable its treatment within the extended
deadline of 15 + 15 working days.

 

Based on this provision, we would kindly ask you, pursuant to Article 6(3)
of Regulation 1049/2001, whether you could narrow down the scope of your
request, so as to reduce it to a more manageable amount of documents. To
this end we would propose to focus on a list of meetings between DG Energy
officials and representatives of ACS, Acciona, FCC, Ferrovial, OHL and
Sacyr (and) minutes and other reports of these meetings.

 

As to the second part of your request (a list of meetings between DG
Energy officials and representatives of the Spanish private    providers
of infrastructure (including renewable energy, water and services;
companies and industry groups, but also lobby consultancies, law firms and
others working for this industry clients or otherwise representing the
industry of infrastructure, renewable energy, water and services) and
minutes and other reports of these meetings), we would kindly invite you
to specify the names of entities which can be covered by such a wide
definition.

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 would try to follow as much as
possible in handling your application. This means that parts of your
application would be considered to have been introduced in successive
stages and will be dealt with within the corresponding new time-limits.
You would in that case receive, at regular intervals, batches of documents
which have been cleared for full or partial release and/or a reasoned
reply explaining why some (parts of the) documents cannot be disclosed.

 

Alternatively, you can formally withdraw those parts of your request that
cannot be handled within the extended (30 working days, counting from the
date of registration of your application on 27/01/2016) deadline of
Regulation 1049/2001, and re-introduce applications for access to these
parts in successive stages.

 

In order to enable us to respect the time-limits of Regulation 1049/2001,
we would ask you for a swift reply to our invitation to propose a fair
solution, within five working days at the latest:

 

•             by email to: [email address]

 

If you have any questions concerning the invitation, you can contact us:

 

•             by email at: [email address]

•             by telephone at: (+32) (0) 22 98 17 47

 

In the absence of a reply within five working days, we will unilaterally
restrict the scope of your application to those parts that can be dealt
with within the extended deadline of 30 working days, counting from the
registration of your application (27/01/2016).

 

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

ENER ACCES DOCUMENTS Team

European Commission

DG ENER

Unit A.1

DM24 08/046

B-1049 Brussels/Belgium

+32 2 298 17 47

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Cancela,

 

Your application for access to documents, registered under the above
mentioned reference number, 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 17/02/2016.

 

An extended time limit is needed for detailed query for the documents
requested.

 

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 09/03/2016.

 

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

 

Yours faithfully

 

 

ENER ACCES DOCUMENTS Team

European Commission

DG ENER

Unit A.1

 

DM24 08/046

B-1049 Brussels/Belgium

 

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Dear Mr Cancela,

 

With regard to your request for access to documents registered under the
above mentioned reference number, in which you asked for

 

- a list of meetings between DG Energy officials and representatives of
ACS, Acciona, FCC, Ferrovial, OHL, Sacyr and the Spanish private providers
of infrastructure (including renewable energy, water and services;
companies and industry groups, but also lobby consultancies, law firms and
others working for this industry clients or otherwise representing the
industry of infrastructure, renewable energy, water and services.) in the
period between june 1st 2014 and today;)

    

- minutes and other reports of these meetings;

 

We regret to inform you that despite our thorough research we have not
identified any document which would fall in the scope of your request.

 

 

Yours faithfully

 

ENER ACCES DOCUMENTS Team
 
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European Commission
DG ENER
Unit A.1

DM24 08/046
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 298 17 47

 

 

 

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