exclusion of the water sector from the scope of the Directive on concession contracts
Olivier Hoedeman made this access to documents request to Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
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Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,
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 reports (and other notes) from meetings with stakeholders (including companies and lobby groups) during which the Directive on concession contracts and the exclusion of the water sector from its scope was discussed.
- all correspondence (including emails and their attachments) with stakeholders (including companies and lobby groups) in which the Directive on concession contracts and the exclusion of the water sector from its scope was mentioned.
The request is limited to documents from January 1st 2020 onward.
on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
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Thank you for your e-mail of 14 December 2021. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 16 December 2021 under reference number GESTDEM 2021/8120.
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Access to Documents Team
We refer to your request for access to documents, registered on 16/12/2022
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 as parts of the documents requested
originate from third parties which have been 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 07/02/2022.
We apologize for this delay and for any inconvenience.
DG GROW – Access to documents team
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
Dear Mr Hoedeman,
Please find enclosed the reply to your request for access to documents
registered under the above-mentioned reference number.
According to our standard operational procedure, the reply would normally
be sent to you also by registered mail. Please note, however, that due to
the extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during
to the COVID-19 pandemic, which include the requirement for the majority
of Commission non-critical staff to telework, we are unfortunately not in
a position to follow this procedure until further notice.
We would therefore appreciate it if you could confirm the receipt of this
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Head of Unit
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Public Interest Services, Concessions - Unit C.3
Office: N105 02/63
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