Dutch referendum EU-Ukraine association agreement
Dear Madam, Sir,
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:
All documents related to the European Commission's communication about the 2016 Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine association agreement, including lines to take
All e-mails, minutes and notes of conversations, between the Commission and the Netherlands related to the outcome of the 2016 Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine association agreement
All e-mails, minutes and notes of conversations, between the Commission and Ukraine related to the outcome of the 2016 Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine association agreement
My request covers the time period of 14 October 2015 until 31 December 2016.
Bemuurde Weerd WZ 3
3513 BH Utrecht
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Ares(2020)7341533 - RE: access to documents request - Dutch referendum
EU-Ukraine association agreement - Gestdem 2020/7533
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ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (GD)
Dear Mr Teffer,
We refer to your request for access to documents dated 4 December 2020,
registered on 4 December 2020 under the above-mentioned reference number.
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 for the purpose of internal
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 26 January 2021.
We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.
DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
NEAR Access to Documents
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Dear Madam, Sir,
I refer to my application for access to documents, which was registered on 4 December 2020 under reference number GESTDEM 2020/7533, and your message on 5 January 2021 saying you will not be in a position to complete the handling of the application within the time limit of 15 working days.
The reason given for this extended time limit is "the purpose of internal consultations".
Article 7.3 of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 says the deadline may be extended only in "exceptional cases, for example in the event of an application relating to a very long document or to a very large number of documents". Moreover, this extension is conditional on "detailed reasons" being given.
Internal consultations are always needed when replying to applications for access to documents, so the existence of a need for internal consultations can not be argued to be exceptional. A mere reference to "the purpose of internal consultations" can also not be considered as "detailed reasons".
Could you please explain how "the purpose of internal consultations" can be a justification of an extension of the deadline, which is only possible in "exceptional cases"?
Dear Mr Teffer,
We are writing to inform you that following internal consultations, DG TRADE has now been identified as service responsible for your request for access to documents registered under reference number 2020/7533, with an extended deadline for reply by 26 January 2021.
Our services are currently in process of analysing your request.
We remain at your disposal for any further questions.
Access to Documents Team
Dear Madam, Sir
I refer to my request for access to documents registered under reference number 2020/7533. The deadline for reply was extended to 26 January 2021. Today is the 27th. I'm looking forward to receiving your reply without delay.
Dear Mr Teffer,
We apologize for the delay on our side. Researching for documents relating to your request has taken us longer than expected. Nevertheless, the reply is currently being processed and should reach you shortly.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.