EuropeAid & Water Reform in Egypt

Waiting for an internal review by International Partnerships of their handling of this request.

Dear Development & Cooperation - EuropeAid (DEVCO),

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:

I am searching for information on both phases of EuropeAid's "Water Sector Reform Programme". In the 2010 Action Fiche for Egypt I found information for phase II, but I can't locate similar information for phase I.

These action fiches only give limited information, so I am searching for more detailed reports on both programs, the studies that were undertaken under the WSRP, and the evaluation reports on the WSRP or Europe's aid to Egypt's water sector in general.

The "Evaluation of European Commission’s Support with Egypt" explains how the EU has been using Sector Budget Support (SBS) to incentify reforms in the water sector, and Egypt's Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) mentions the EU's "Water Sector Budget Support Programme (WSBSP)" on its website. I am searching for more detailed information on this SBS mechanism and the WSBSP, and any preparation studies, or evaluations. This program makes the release of funds dependent of predefined conditionalities so I would like to receive detailed information on these conditionalities and the amount of funds (and their destination), that were linked to them.

Also, as this project is run in coordination through the water subgroup of the Donor Assistance Group (DAG) or Donor Partners Group (DPG), so I would like to have a copy of this subgroups' program, minutes, studies or evaluations.

Additionally to this, I am searching for specific information on the Stakeholder and the Civil Society Consultations regarding EuropeAid's or DPG's work in Egypt's water sector.

Yours faithfully,

Stijn Vandousselaere

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Dear Sir,
 
Thank you for your e-mail dated 23/03/2013. We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered under
reference number GestDem 2013/1665.
 
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. In case this time limit needs to
be extended, you will be informed in due course.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
 
European Commission
Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid
Document Management

B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
 
 

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I am looking for similar information for my graduation dissertation and I would really appreciate it if you can pass on the information.

Dear Development & Cooperation - EuropeAid (DEVCO),

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Development & Cooperation - EuropeAid (DEVCO)'s handling of my FOI request 'EuropeAid & Water Reform in Egypt'.

By law, the authority should normally have responded promptly and by 12 April 2013. But until present though I haven't received an answer.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.asktheeu.org/request/europeai...

Yours faithfully,

Stijn Vandousselaere

Andreas Pavlou,

[AsktheEU.org error. Message sent 26 April 2013]

Dear Sir,

We refer to your e-mail dated 23/03/2013 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered on 26/03/2013 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 expired on 19/04/2013.

An extended time limit is needed as your application:
- concerns a large number of documents
- and in order to retrieve the documents requested, large files have to be examined

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 15/05/2013.

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

Yours faithfully,

Ibrahim LAAFIA
Desk officer for EGYPT
European Commission
Directorate General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid
Unit F2: Geo Coordination - Neighbourhood South
Office: J-54, 05/249
B-1049 Brussels
+32 2 29 62817
[1][email address]

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Dear Mr Vandousselaere,

Please find hereby enclosed the first batch of documents you requested on 23 March 2013:

- The final evaluation report of the Water sector reform programme phase II;
- The signed financing agreement of the Water sector reform programme phase II, including the matrix with conditionalities and the different amounts linked to them;
- A presentation given by the EU Delegation on the programme during a Round Table Working Session of the DPG on 20 December 2011. Please note that the documents produced in the framework of the activities of the DPG are not the ownership of the European commission or other European institution.

The remaining batch of documents concerning Stakeholders and Civil Society Consultations, as well as documentation concerning Phase I are still being cleared in cooperation with the Egyptian authorities.
We are very sorry for the delay with which we were able to produce documents, but we trust that you will appreciate the sensitivity of the files and the current working environment in Egypt.

Kind regards

Dear Development & Cooperation - EuropeAid (DEVCO),

Thanks a lot these first documents. I'm awaiting the rest of the files, and highly appreciate your efforts in this.

Yours faithfully,

does

International Partnerships

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I will be back in the office on 22 May, in the afternoon. Please notice
that Monday 20 May  is a holiday in Belgium. For very urgent matters
please contact

[email address]

Monica Liberati

 

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Dear Mr Vandousselaere,
 
You will find enclosed the complement of information related to your
request.
Should you wish additional information, please address your request to our
functional mailbox [1][DG DEVCO request email]
 
Best regards,
 
 
Monica Liberati
Head of Sector for the Mashrek countries
DG Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid
 
 
 
 

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Dear Development & Cooperation - EuropeAid (DEVCO),

After more than four months of waiting, and repeated requests thus far only these documents have been disclosed,
-The Action Fiche the first phase of the Water Sector Budget Support Programme”,
- The final evaluation report of the Water sector reform programme phase II;
- The signed financing agreement of the Water sector reform programme phase II, including the matrix with conditionalities and the different amounts linked to them;
- A presentation given by the EU Delegation on the programme during a Round Table Working Session of the DPG on 20 December 2011.

While I made a specific request for;
-the studies that were undertaken under the WSRP, and the evaluation reports on the WSRP or Europe's aid to Egypt's water sector in general
-the amount of funds (and their destination) that were disbursed as part of the Water Sector Budget Support Programme (WSBSP)
-the program, minutes, studies or evaluations of the Donor Assistance Group or Donor Partners Group”
- specific information on the Stakeholder and the Civil Society Consultations regarding EuropeAid's or the Donor Partners Group's work in Egypt's water sector.

I am thus still awaiting the remainder of these documents.

Could I receive a clarification of why, until present, this information hasn't been disclosed?

Yours faithfully,

does

International Partnerships

I will be back in the office on 2 September 2013.

 

For issues that cannot wait until then, please contact

[email address] or [email address]

Monica Liberati

 

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Dear Mr Vandousselaere,
 
Thank you for your e-mail dated 30/08/2013.  We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents related to Water Sector Budget
Support Programme (WSBSP), which was registered under reference number
GestDem 2013/6460.
 
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
21/01/2014. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
 
 
European Commission
Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid
Document Management

B-1049 Brussels/Belgium