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Dear Madams & Sirs,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I would like to request the following documents:

1) a list of the members of the “executive working group”, which was set up by US President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in July 2018 to explore a path forward on trade talks between the EU and the US;

2) the mandate of the group or any other descriptions of its tasks;

3) a list of all meetings of the “executive working group” as well as of individual members in the context of the group’s mandate. The list should include the names of the individuals and organisations attending; the date; and any agendas / minutes / notes produced.

I would be very grateful if you would release documents when they are retrieved, rather than waiting until the full reply is ready.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Pia Eberhardt
CEO
Rue d’Edimbourg 26
Bruxelles 1050

Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Pia Eberhardt,
Thank you for your e-mail dated 20/09/2018.  We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
20/09/2018 under reference number GestDem 2018/4928.
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
11/10/2018. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.
 
Best regards,
 
Gitte Louise Olsen
Access to documents team
 
European Commission
Secretariat-General
Unit B4 - Transparency
Office address BERL 05/315
+32 2 995 63 26
[1][email address]
 
 
 
 

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Veuillez trouver ci-joint le document Ares(2018)5253671 concernant "[Re] GESTDEM 2018/4928 - Initial request" envoyé par M/Mme VAN EECKHAUTE Jean-Charles le 12/10/2018.

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Dear Madams & Sirs,

the extended deadline to this access to documents request passed last week (1 November).

Would you please update me on the status of this request and let me know when I can expect the requested information?

Yours faithfully,

Pia Eberhardt

Secretariat General of the European Commission

Your message has been received by the Transparency Unit of the
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upon registration of your request and will duly inform you of the
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Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
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Dear Pia Eberhardt,
 
Could you please inform me of our reference number (GESTDEM 2018/….) so
that I can identify to which request you are referring? 
 
Best regards,
 
Gitte Louise Olsen
Access to documents team
 
European Commission
Secretariat-General
Unit C1 – Transparency, Document Management &
Access to Document
Office address BERL 05/315
+32 2 995 63 26
[1][email address]
 
 

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Dear Gitte Louise Olsen ,

the reference number is GestDem 2018/4928.

Yours faithfully,

Pia Eberhardt

Secretariat General of the European Commission

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
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
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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
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im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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Dear Madams and Sirs,

thank you for your response to my request GestDem 2018/4928.

Allow me to raise the following clarification questions and suggestions:

1) On the first part of my request (a list of the members of the executive working group): could you please take the Charter of Fundamental Rights (under which EU citizens have a fundamental right to good administration) and the Commission’s Code of Good Administrative Behaviour (which, amongst other things, requires civil servants to keep proper record, to follow the institution’s normal administrative practice, to be service-minded and as helpful as possible etc) into account when considering this part of the request? I find it hard to believe that the Commission cannot disclose who – besides Commissioner Malmström and USTR Robert Lighthizer – is part of the executive working group. The public has a right to know who is involved in that group, particularly in light of recent statements from Commissioner Malmström about “short-term deliverables”, which are currently discussed in the group and for which decisions could already happen at the beginning of next year.

2) On the third part of my request (which included information on meetings of individual members of the executive working group in the context of its mandate): Can you confirm that no other meetings than the ones you have listed have taken place between the EU and the US members of the group, so, for example, no further meetings via videoconference and in other settings? And can you confirm that the group’s members have had no meetings with third-parties, including lobby groups, in which the EU-US trade talks have been addressed? Because this is what your response to this part of my request seems to indicate.

Thank you in advance for the clarifications and for re-considering the first part of my request.

Yours faithfully,

Pia Eberhardt

Secretariat General of the European Commission

Your message has been received by the Transparency Unit of the
Secretariat-General of the European Commission.
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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
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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 Madam,

 

Thank you for your email dated 28/11/2018 by which you request, pursuant
to Regulation No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament,
Council and Commission documents, a review of the position taken by the
Secretariat-General in reply to your initial application GESTDEM
2018/4928.

 

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 13/12/2018 (Ares(2018)6102056).

 

Your application will be handled within 15 working days (15/01/2019).  In
case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due
course.

 

Please be informed that the answer to your confirmatory application is a
formal Commission decision that will be notified to you by express
delivery. Thank you for providing your contact phone number, so that the
external delivery service can contact you in case of absence.

 

Please note that the Commission will not use your phone number for any
other purpose than for informing the delivery service, and that it will
delete it immediately thereafter.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM

 

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European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG C.1

[2][email address]

 

 

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Dear Madams & Sirs,
I am surprised that you treat my clarification questions from 28 November as a confirmatory application - without any hint of a confirmatory application in my text.
So, allow me to stress again that my questions were meant as pure clarification questions, for which I still hope to receive a response from you - and not as a confirmatory application.

Yours faithfully,

Pia Eberhardt

Secretariat General of the European Commission

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
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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
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im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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[5]Ares(2019)221087 - Your confirmatory application for access to
documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 – GESTDEM 2018/4928

Sent by ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[DG SG request email]>. All responses have
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Dear Ms Eberhardt,

 

I refer to your email of 28 November 2018, registered on 13 December 2018,
by which you submit a confirmatory application in accordance with Article
7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European
Parliament, Council and Commission documents (‘Regulation 1049/2001’).

 

Your confirmatory application is currently being handled. Unfortunately,
we have not yet been able to gather all the elements needed to carry out a
full analysis of your request and to take a final decision. Therefore, we
are not in a position to reply to your confirmatory request within the
prescribed time-limit that expires on 15 January 2019.

 

Consequently, we have to extend this period by another 15 working days in
accordance with Article 8(2) of Regulation 1049/2001. The new deadline
expires on 5 February 2019.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

María OLIVÁN AVILÉS
Head of Unit

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European Commission

Secretariat General

Unit C.1 (Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents)

 

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Dear Ms Eberhardt,

I refer to your email of 28 November 2018, registered on 13 December 2018,
by which you submit a confirmatory application in accordance with Article
7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European
Parliament, Council and Commission documents (‘Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001’).

I also refer to our holding reply of 15 January 2019, by which the time
limit for replying to your confirmatory application was extended by 15
working days, pursuant to Article 8(2) of the Regulation. This extended
time limit expires on 5 February 2019.

 

I regret to have to inform you that we will not be able to respond within
the extended time-limit, as we have not yet finalised internal
consultations. I can assure you that we are doing our utmost to provide
you with a final reply as soon as possible.

 

I can assure you that we are doing our utmost to provide you with a final
reply as soon as possible. I regret this additional delay and sincerely
apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

María OLIVÁN AVILÉS
Head of Unit

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European Commission

Secretariat General

Unit C.1 (Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents)

 

 

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[5]Ares(2019)666744 - Your confirmatory application for access to
documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 – GESTDEM 2018/4928

Sent by ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[DG SG request email]>. All responses have
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Envoyé par ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[DG SG request email]>. Toutes les
réponses doivent être effectuées à cette adresse électronique.

Dear Ms Eberhardt,

I refer to your email of 28 November 2018, registered on 13 December 2018,
by which you submit a confirmatory application in accordance with Article
7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European
Parliament, Council and Commission documents (‘Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001’).

I also refer to our holding reply of 15 January 2019, by which the time
limit for replying to your confirmatory application was extended by 15
working days, pursuant to Article 8(2) of the Regulation. This extended
time limit expires on 5 February 2019.

 

I regret to have to inform you that we will not be able to respond within
the extended time-limit, as we have not yet finalised internal
consultations. I can assure you that we are doing our utmost to provide
you with a final reply as soon as possible.

 

I can assure you that we are doing our utmost to provide you with a final
reply as soon as possible. I regret this additional delay and sincerely
apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

María OLIVÁN AVILÉS
Head of Unit

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European Commission

Secretariat General

Unit C.1 (Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents)

 

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Dear Madam,

Please find attached a copy of the confirmatory decision taken on your
request for access to documents registered under Gestdem number 2018/4928
adopted on 11/04/2019 in the above-mentioned case.

Please note that the Secretariat-General of the European Commission will
proceed with the formal notification of the decision in the coming days.

This copy is solely sent for your information and is not the formal
notification of the confirmatory decision.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (LC)

 

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SG C.1 – Transparency, Document Management & Access to Documents

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