Thomas Spekschoor

Dear sir, madam

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 communication between the Netherlands and the European Commission on EFF and EMFF funds between 2014 and now.

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Spekschoor
Wetstraat 155 box 92
1040 Brussel

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Dear Mr SPEKSCHOOR,

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 12/07/2019. We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
15/07/2019 under reference number GESTDEM 2019/4062.

 

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
05/08/2019. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.

Best regards,

MARE ACCESS to DOCUMENTS TEAM

 

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Please find enclosed a document concerning the above-mentioned subject.
Best regards,

Je vous prie de trouver ci-joint un document concernant le dossier
mentionné en objet.
Bien à vous,

MARE.E.4

 

 

Thomas Spekschoor

Dear madam Tankink,

Thank you for your reaction on my request for information. I can imagine that my request for all documents on EFF and EMFF would lead to too many documents. Therefore I'll focus my request a little bit more.

I'd like to receive all documents on 'deficiencies detected in the EFF and EMFF management
and control system in the Netherlands' between 2010 and now.

Please let me know if the scope of this request is reduced enough for you to make it workable.

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Spekschoor

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Dear Mr Spekschoor,

 

We refer to your e-mail dated 12 July 2019 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 15 July 2019 under reference number
Ares(2019)4548564. You request access to the communication between the
Netherlands and the European Commission on the European Fisheries Fund
(EFF) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) between 2014 and
the date of your request.

 

Following the letter from Ms. Tankink dated 19 July 2019, looking for your
agreement on a fair solution in order to reduce the scope of the request,
you replied on 25 July 2019 by asking for “all documents on 'deficiencies
detected in the EFF and EMFF management and control system in the
Netherlands' between 2010 and now. “.  While we thank you for your
proposal to reduce the scope, we unfortunately need to come back to you on
the matter.

 

As indicated in our letter of 19 July, the regular correspondence between
the Commission services dealing with EFF and EMFF and the Netherlands
contains a large variety of documents and often voluminous annexes. The
documents need to be assessed individually before they can be shared in
order to respect privacy protection legislation.  In a first survey of the
request as reduced per your suggestion, we have identified approximately
60 documents that could potentially be subject to your request. Documents
concerning the EFF are around 45 and about 1400 pages, the documents
concerning the EMFF are around 15 and about 200 pages.

 

Considering the particular type of documents this concerns, we consider
that the analysis of these documents cannot be expected to be completed
within the normal time limits set out in Article 7 of Regulation
1049/2001. The specific and individual examination of each document proves
to be particularly heavy, not only due the volume of the documents
requested, but more particularly as very considerable part of these
documents contain commercially sensitive data and/or personal data which
will need to be assessed in detail and to be redacted. This would involve
an inappropriate administrative burden which we consider to be
disproportionate for a small service like DG MARE.

 

Furthermore, for any documents that are not issued by the Commission,
consultation of the third parties concerned is required in accordance with
Article 4(4) and 4(5) of Regulation 1049/2001. In that case, it means that
the Commission will have to ask the Netherlands their agreement to
disclose the documents originating from them.

 

Therefore, with a view to finding a fair solution and safeguarding the
interests of good administration, looking at the maximum of what can be
reasonably delivered, and considering that your original request concerned
the period from 2014 onward, we propose to narrow down the scope of your
request and to answer to you only on the communication concerning the
EMFF.

 

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 a fair solution as
mentioned above, within five working days at the latest:

 

 by email to: [5][DG MARE request email]

 

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

 by email at: [6][DG MARE request email]

 

In the absence of a reply within five working days, please be aware that
the Commission services 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.

 

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

DG MARE

Legal Unit - Access to documents team

 

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Dear Mr. SPEKSCHOOR,

We refer to your request dated 12/07/2019 for access to documents,
registered on 15/07/2019 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 on 05/08/2019, as your application
concerns several services which must be consulted.

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 27/08/2019.

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

Best regards,

MARE ACCESS to DOCUMENTS TEAM

 

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Dear M Spekschoor ,

 

 

We refer to your request for access to documents and the above reference.

Please see in attachment the reply to your request, the annexes will
follow as second REPLY II; (Following the message received from the
microsoft office, see below),

 

 

Best regards,

 

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Dear M Spekschoor,
 
Please find attached all documents requested, this is the second email.
 
Annexes:
 
 
A paper version will follow.
 
Best regards,
 
 
MARE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
 
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