External consultants spending

Chris Harris made this access to documents request to Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

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From: Chris Harris

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Dear Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO),

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:

Please provide details of the department's spending on external
consultants for each of the last five financial years (2009-2013).

Please also provide a breakdown by year of which firms this money
was spent with.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Harris
Euronews
60 Chemin des Mouilles
69131 Écully
Lyon
France

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Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 12/12/2014. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 12/12/2014 under reference number GestDem 2014/6012.

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 14/01/2015.
In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

You have lodged your application via the AsktheEU.org website. Please note that this is a private website which has no link with any institution of the European Union. Therefore the European Commission cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to the use of this system.

Yours faithfully,

Carlos Remis
SG.B.4.
Transparence.
Berl. 05/329.

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Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

Dear Mr Harris,

I have the regret to inform you that this Directorate-General does not establish as a general rule any internal document consolidating the information you wish. However ECHO (and the Commission) publishes the same information on the public data base "Financial Transparency System" (FTS, http://ec.europa.eu/budget/fts/index_en...., where you will find detailed figures relative to the last five financial years.

Therefore I kindly invite you to consult the data base, which I hope will meet your needs.

Andrea Damini
Legal Coordinator for Access to Documents
Finance, Legal Affairs and Partner Support
Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid And Civil Protection - ECHO
European Commission
L-86 06/037
B-1049 Bruxelles
Tel. +32(0)22967536
e-mail: [email address]

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From: Chris Harris

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Dear Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO),

I have asked many other EC departments for the same data, and many of them have replied positively.

I therefore don't find it credible that you do not have the data.

There might not be an 'existing document' with this information, but that is not to say the details do not exist.

If you reply and tell me you have not spent anything on external consultancy in the last five years, then that is another matter entirely.

Can you let me know whether you're willing to dig this information out? If not, I'd like my request to be forwarded for an internal review.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Harris

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Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

Dear Mr Harris,

As I indicated in my answer, DG ECHO doesn’t establish for its internal processes any formal document consolidating the information you requested. Therefore this Directorate-General is not able to provide you with one or more consolidated tables that would correspond to the description given in your application. In the specific case of DG ECHO, your request does concern access to information, which would have to be compiled and processed for this specific purpose, as you precisely demand in your last message.

Conversely, the same information, with the desired level of details, are publicly available via the Financial Transparency System, including fully breakdown of expenses. Therefore I would like again to invite you to consult firstly this data base. Subsequently DG ECHO would be glad to reply to any further, more specific request regarding its activities for the concerned years. Therefore, I suggest that you send us a new, more precise or targeted request for information, after having consulted FTS.

I would like to take the opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Yours faithfully,

Andrea Damini
Legal Coordinator for Access to Documents
Finance, Legal Affairs and Partner Support
Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid And Civil Protection - ECHO
European Commission
L-86 06/037
B-1049 Bruxelles
Tel. +32(0)22967536
e-mail: [email address]

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From: Chris Harris

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Dear Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO),

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)'s handling of my FOI request 'External consultants spending'.

I don't consider the Financial Transparency System sufficient to answer my question.

Without an intimate knowledge of the workings of the directorate, it's impossible to know what payments are external consultancy and what are not.

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

Yours faithfully,

Chris Harris

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Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

Dear Sir,

I hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access to documents, sent by email on 19 December 2014 and registered today [ref. Ares(2014)4303230].

In accordance with Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, you will receive an answer to your request within 15 working days (21 January 2015). In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

Yours sincerely,
ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS (PS)
European Commission
Secretariat General
B4 – Transparency

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Attachment HARRIS 2014 6012 AND 6042 EN.pdf
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Dear Sir,
 
Please find attached a note regarding your confirmatory applications for
access to documents (GestDem 2014/6012 and 2014/6042).
 
Kind regards,
 
ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (PS)
European Commission
Secretariat General
Unit SG.B4 – Transparency
 
 
 
 

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Dear Sir,
 
Please find attached an advance copy of our reply to your applications for
access to documents (GestDem 2014/6012 and 2014/6042).
 
The original document will also be sent to you by registered mail.
 
 
Annexes (please note that the annexes are only sent by email):
 
Yours faithfully,
 
ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (PS)
European Commission
Secretariat General
Unit SG.B4 – Transparency
 

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