Documents shared by Frontex from cases 1261/2020/PB and 1361/2020/PB

Anas Ambri made this access to documents request to European Ombudsman

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Dear European Ombudsman,

On November 5th 2020, documents were provided to the EU Ombudsman as part of its inquiry team meeting with Frontex.

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:

- Annual reports including annexes with statistics on public access to documents for the years 2010 to 2019, provided by Frontex
- Statistics sheet on public access to documents, provided by Frontex
- Project documentation prepared for the Project Board, provided by Frontex

Yours faithfully,

Anas Ambri

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Dear Mr Ambri,

Thank you for your request for public access to documents that you
submitted to the European Ombudsman’s Office on 24/11/2022.

Your request has been registered today under reference Ares(2022)8159194.

It will be dealt with in accordance with Regulation 1049/2001 regarding
public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents and
the Decision of the European Ombudsman on internal procedures for dealing
with applications for public access to documents and requests for
information.

We will deal with your request as soon as possible and reply to you no
later than 16/12/2022.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Office by
telephone: + 33 (0)3 88 17 23 13 or e-mail: [5][European Ombudsman request email].

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

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Dear Mr Ambri,

 

On 24 November 2022, you asked the European Ombudsman’s Office to grant
you access to documents provided by Frontex in the context of the
Ombudsman’s inquiries into complaints 1261/2020/PB and 1361/2020/PB. More
specifically, you requested access to

“– Annual reports including annexes with statistics on public access to
documents for the years 2010 to 2019, provided by Frontex

– Statistics sheet on public access to documents, provided by Frontex, and

– Project documentation prepared for the Project Board, provided by
Frontex”.

 

Your request was registered on 25 November 2022 under reference number
Ares(2022)8159194.

 

We have dealt with your request in accordance with Regulation
1049/2001[5]^^[1] (the Regulation) regarding public access to European
Parliament, Council and Commission documents and the Ombudsman’s Decision
on the handling of requests for public access to documents[6]^^[2].

 

We have identified four documents as falling under the scope of your
request:

202001261/Safe/MAIL_202001261_20201123_133816.pdf

202001261/Safe/MAIL_202001261_20201123_133858.pdf

202001261/Safe/MAIL_202001261_20201123_133946.pdf

202001261/Safe/MAIL_202001261_20201123_133729.pdf

 

We regret that we cannot grant you access to the documents mentioned
above. This is in order to safeguard the public interest in the protection
of investigations, inspections and audits in line with Article 4(2) third
indent of the Regulation. The inquiries into the two complaints are
ongoing, and the documents were provided to the Ombudsman by Frontex on a
confidential basis[7]^^[3]. Disclosing such documents could compromise the
relationship of trust between the EU institutions and bodies on the one
hand and the Ombudsman on the other, which would in turn seriously
undermine the Ombudsman’s capacity to carry out inquiries.

 

The exception laid down in Article 4(2) third indent of the Regulation
applies unless there is an overriding public interest in disclosure of the
document. However, we consider that there is nothing to suggest that the
disclosure of the specific documents that you have requested overrides the
need to protect the Ombudsman’s capacity to carry out inquiries
effectively and to ensure the fundamental right to complain to the
Ombudsman.

 

In accordance with Article 4(6) of the Regulation, we have considered
whether partial access to the documents could be granted. However, we have
concluded that no meaningful partial access is possible.

 

Should you wish to challenge this decision, you may request a review under
Article 7(2) of the Regulation (‘confirmatory application’ procedure). You
may do so by sending an e-mail to [8][European Ombudsman request email] within 15
working days of having received this decision.

 

Should you have any questions or requests for clarifications, you are
welcome to contact me through this e-mail address.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Eija Salonen
 
 
European Ombudsman
Transparency Officer
 
[9]T. +33 3 88 17 23 13
 
1 avenue du Président Robert Schuman
CS 30403
F - 67001 Strasbourg Cedex
[10]www.ombudsman.europa.eu

 

 

 

 

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of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and
Commission documents, available at:
[12]https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/....

[13][2] ^ The Decision is available at
[14]https://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/docum....

[15][3] In accordance with Article 4(8) of the Ombudsman’s Implementing
Provisions, available at:
[16]https://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/legal....

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Dear EU Ombudsman,

Thank you for your reply.

I understand your decision. My impression was that those two investigations have already been concluded, given that the Ombudsman had already released its recommendations, and has launched its own-initiative inquiry (OI/4/2022/PB).

Would you happen to know when these investigations are supposed to end? If you don't have this information, would you be able to refer me to the right contact to speak to on this matter, please?

Yours sincerely,

Anas Ambri

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Dear European Ombudsman,

Thank you for your reply.

I understand your decision. My impression was that those two investigations have already been concluded, given that the Ombudsman had already released its recommendations, and has launched its own-initiative inquiry (OI/4/2022/PB).

Would you happen to know when these investigations are supposed to end? If you don't have this information, would you be able to refer me to the right contact to speak to on this matter, please?

Yours sincerely,

Yours faithfully,

Anas Ambri

Euro-Ombudsman, European Ombudsman

Dear Mr Ambri,

Thank you for your further e-mail.

In reply, I would like to inform you that the two cases were closed later on the same day when our reply to your request for access to documents was sent. The decisions are available here: https://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/case/....

Kind regards,

The Transparency Team

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