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Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

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:

- rules, instructions and guidance for European Commission officials about dealing with the tobacco industry, clarifying what is or is not appropriate when there is contact with the tobacco industry, and how such contacts should be handled.

The Preamble of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) recognized that Parties “need to be alert to any efforts by the tobacco industry to undermine or subvert tobacco control efforts and the need to be informed of activities of the tobacco industry that have a negative impact on tobacco control efforts”.

Further, Article 5.3 of the Convention requires that “in setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, Parties shall act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law”.

This request concerns documents clarifying the European Commission's implementation of the FTCC obligation to develop a specific approach for contacts with the tobacco industry. The guidelines accompanying Article 5.3 state that: "7. Parties should implement measures in all branches of government that may have an interest in, or the capacity to, affect public health policies with respect to tobacco control." This request therefore covers documents produced by all Commission Directorates-General, outlining their approaches to protecting policy-making from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry.

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Rue d'Edimbourg 26,
1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel. +32 (0)2 893 0930
Mobile: +32 474 486545

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
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Secretariat General of the European Commission

Dear Sir,

 

Thank you for your e-mail of 30 April 2020. We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 14
May 2020 under reference number GESTDEM 2020/2865.

 

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 9
June 2020. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.

 

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European Commission cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or
problems linked to the use of this system.

 

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Yours faithfully,

SANTE Access to Documents Team

Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Sir,

We refer to your email of  14 May 2020 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on the same date 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 9 June 2020.

An extended time limit is needed as internal consultations are being
carried out.

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 30 June 2020.

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

Yours faithfully,

 

SANTE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

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European Commission
Health and Food Safety

 

 

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Please find attached document Ares(2020)3296205 from RYS Andrzej Jan (SANTE.DDG1.B.1) dated 24/06/2020.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint le document Ares(2020)3296205 de RYS Andrzej Jan (SANTE.DDG1.B.1) daté du 24/06/2020.

ve_sante.b.2(SANTE), Secretariat General of the European Commission

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    Table final complete3.pdf

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    02 b Letter of the European Smoking Tobacco Association Implementation Issues letter.pdf

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    08 The lack of national appointments of ID issuers required under the EU traceability system for tobacco products.pdf

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    01 Implementation of the EU Track Trace system for tobacco products Redacted email.pdf

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    05 c Summary of PMI activities in preparation for TPD Article 15 and 16 implementation Attach II.pdf

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    07 An urgent matter regarding the EU traceability system for tobacco products.pdf

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    01 b Implementation of the EU Track Trace system for tobacco products Redacted letter.pdf

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    05 b Summary of PMI activities in preparation for TPD Article 15 and 16 implementation Attach I Redacted.pdf

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    05 Summary of PMI activities in preparation for TPD Article 15 and 16 implementation summary Redacted.pdf

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    06 Generate and issue identifier codes and Uis to economic operators1 Redacted.pdf

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    Reply 2020 2377.pdf

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    02 Letter of the European Smoking Tobacco Association Implementation Issues email.pdf

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

Please find attached document Ares(2020)3383838 from BUCHER Anne (SANTE) dated 29/06/2020.

Due to the dimension of the disclosed documents, the attachments will be sent to you in a series of numbered emails.

In the same time, according to standard operational procedure, the reply is usually also sent to you by registered post.Please note, however, that due to the extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during the COVID-19 epidemics, which include the requirement for all Commission non-critical staff to telework, we are unfortunately in a position to follow this procedure until further notice.

We would therefore appreciate if you could confirm the receipt of the present e-mail by replying to [email address]

Kind regards,

European Commission
Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
Unit B2 – Cross-border healthcare and tobacco control
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
E-mail: [email address]

ve_sante.b.2(SANTE), Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

Please find attached document Ares(2020)3383838 from BUCHER Anne (SANTE) dated 29/06/2020.

Due to the dimension of the disclosed documents, the attachments will be sent to you in a series of numbered emails.

In the same time, according to standard operational procedure, the reply is usually also sent to you by registered post.Please note, however, that due to the extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during the COVID-19 epidemics, which include the requirement for all Commission non-critical staff to telework, we are unfortunately in a position to follow this procedure until further notice.

We would therefore appreciate if you could confirm the receipt of the present e-mail by replying to [email address]

Kind regards,

European Commission
Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety Unit B2 – Cross-border healthcare and tobacco control
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
E-mail: [email address]

ve_sante.b.2(SANTE), Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

Please find attached document Ares(2020)3383838 from BUCHER Anne (SANTE) dated 29/06/2020.

Due to the dimension of the disclosed documents, the attachments will be sent to you in a series of numbered emails.

In the same time, according to standard operational procedure, the reply is usually also sent to you by registered post.Please note, however, that due to the extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during the COVID-19 epidemics, which include the requirement for all Commission non-critical staff to telework, we are unfortunately in a position to follow this procedure until further notice.

We would therefore appreciate if you could confirm the receipt of the present e-mail by replying to [email address]

Kind regards,

European Commission
Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety Unit B2 – Cross-border healthcare and tobacco control
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
E-mail: [email address]

ve_sante.b.2(SANTE), Secretariat General of the European Commission

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    95 RE Track Trace obligations importer Red.pdf

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    76 RE Urgent Secondary Repository processing issue causing loss of sales Redacted.pdf

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    112 Follow up to letter of 27 November 2019 on the notification of proposed external auditors audit firms.pdf

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    87 RE Urgent Secondary Repository processing issue causing loss of sales Redacted.pdf

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    119 a RE Email Redacted.pdf

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    99 RE Traceability System for Tobacco Products Request for approval of external auditor to prepare annual report on the activities.pdf

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    118 b Notification of proposed external auditor Article 15 8 of Directive 201440EU letter.pdf

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    119 b RE letter.pdf

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    117 RE Notification of proposed external auditor Article 15 8 of Directive 201440EU.pdf

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    81 RE Urgent Secondary Repository processing issue causing loss of sales Redacted.pdf

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    115 RE Implementation of the EU tracking tracing system for tobacco products Notification of proposed external auditor Redacted.pdf

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    94 RE Urgent Secondary Repository processing issue causing loss of sales Redacted.pdf

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    97 Traceability System for Tobacco Products Request for approval of external auditor to prepare annual report on the activities.pdf

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    118 a Notification of proposed external auditor Article 15 8 of Directive 201440EU email.pdf

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

Please find attached document Ares(2020)3383838 from BUCHER Anne (SANTE) dated 29/06/2020.

Due to the dimension of the disclosed documents, the attachments will be sent to you in a series of numbered emails.

In the same time, according to standard operational procedure, the reply is usually also sent to you by registered post.Please note, however, that due to the extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during the COVID-19 epidemics, which include the requirement for all Commission non-critical staff to telework, we are unfortunately in a position to follow this procedure until further notice.

We would therefore appreciate if you could confirm the receipt of the present e-mail by replying to [email address]

Kind regards,

European Commission
Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety Unit B2 – Cross-border healthcare and tobacco control
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
E-mail: [email address]

ve_sante.b.2(SANTE), Secretariat General of the European Commission

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    152 a JTI letter re alternative ID issuers email.pdf

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    124 e EU traceability system for tobacco products letter.pdf

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    124 b EU traceability system for tobacco products letter.pdf

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    152 b JTI letter re alternative ID issuers letter.pdf

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    124 d EU traceability system for tobacco products email.pdf

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    124 a EU traceability system for tobacco products correspondence.pdf

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    124 c EU traceability system for tobacco products annex Redacted.pdf

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    154 a Urgent Secondary Repository processing issue causing loss of sales letter.pdf

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    154 b Urgent Secondary Repository processing issue causing loss of sales email.pdf

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    172 Follow up to letter of 27 November 2019 on the notification of proposed external auditors audit firms.pdf

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    125 Traceability system for tobacco products Commission Implementing Regulation EU 2018574 and Commission Decision EU 2019691 Temporary absence of comp.pdf

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

Please find attached document Ares(2020)3383838 from BUCHER Anne (SANTE) dated 29/06/2020.

Due to the dimension of the disclosed documents, the attachments will be sent to you in a series of numbered emails.

In the same time, according to standard operational procedure, the reply is usually also sent to you by registered post.Please note, however, that due to the extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during the COVID-19 epidemics, which include the requirement for all Commission non-critical staff to telework, we are unfortunately in a position to follow this procedure until further notice.

We would therefore appreciate if you could confirm the receipt of the present e-mail by replying to [email address]

Kind regards,

European Commission
Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety Unit B2 – Cross-border healthcare and tobacco control
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
E-mail: [email address]

ve_sante.b.2(SANTE), Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Mr. Hoedeman,

With reference to your letter of 30 April 2020, you may find attached Commissions' reply.

Best Regards,



European Commission
Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
Unit B2 – Cross-border Healthcare and Tobacco Control
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
E-mail: [email address]

ve_sante.b.1(SANTE), Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Please find attached document Ares(2020)3537418 from BUCHER Anne (SANTE) dated 06/07/2020.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint le document Ares(2020)3537418 de BUCHER Anne (SANTE) daté du 06/07/2020.

Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

 

You have received this email earlier today.  According to standard
operational procedure, the reply is usually also sent to you by registered
post. Please note, however, that due to the extraordinary health and
security measures currently in force during to the COVID-19 epidemics,
which include the requirement for all Commission non-critical staff to
telework, we are unfortunately not in a position to follow this procedure
until further notice.

 

We would therefore appreciate if you could confirm receipt of the present
e-mail by replying to [1][email address].

 

Thank you in advance.

 

SANTE.B.1

 

 

 

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