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:

A list of all lobby meetings held by the commissioner in charge of Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, Frans Timmermans or any other member of its Cabinet with any organisation representing churches and/or religious communities since 2014 onwards, including all emails, minutes/, reports or any other briefing papers related to all those meetings.

Yours faithfully,

Álvaro Merino
Ricardo Ortiz Street 61
28017 Madrid.

Secretariat General of the European Commission

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[1]Ares(2018)6662561 - RE: access to documents request - Frans Timmermans'
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Dear Sir,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 26/12/2018. We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
27/12/2018 under reference number GestDem 2018/6966.

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 24/01/2019. In case this time limit needs to
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Yours faithfully,

Carlos Remis
SG.C.1
Transparence
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Dear Carlos Remis,

I should have had my access request finished by January 24th. However, I have not received an answer yet, even to communicate the status of my petition.

In this sense, I would appreciate to know when I am supposed to receive the documents I asked for.

Yours sincerely,

Álvaro Merino

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Dear Carlos Remis,

I should have had my access request finished by January 24th. However, I have not received an answer yet, even to communicate the status of my petition.

In this sense, I would appreciate to know when I am supposed to receive the documents I asked for.

Yours sincerely,

Álvaro Merino

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request 'Frans Timmermans' cabinet meetings with religious lobbyists'.

I should have had my access request answered by January 24th. However, I have not received an answer yet, even to communicate the status of my petition or an explanation regarding the long overdue.

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

Yours faithfully,

Álvaro Merino

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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L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
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Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
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im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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[1]Ares(2019)1000873 - RE: Internal review of access to documents request
- Frans Timmermans' cabinet meetings with religious lobbyists

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Dear Mr Merino,

Thank you for your email of 16 February 2019 in which you lodged a
confirmatory application for access to documents.

In the meantime, we have been informed by the responsible
Directorate-General that the internal consultations which took place
regarding your application will be finalised soon and that an initial
reply will be send to you as soon as possible.

In view of this, we would like to inform you that the Secretariat General
will not register your confirmatory application at this stage.

However, upon receipt of the initial reply, if you wish to submit a
confirmatory request in accordance with Article 7 of the Regulation (EC)
No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and
Commission documents, you remain free to do so.

Best regards,

Carlos Remis
SG.C.1
Transparence
Charl. 03/21

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Dear Sir,

 

Kindly find herewith a letter concerning your initial application (GESTDEM
2018/6966).

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Carlos Remis
SG.C.1
Transparence
Charl. 03/21

 

 

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Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request 'Frans Timmermans' cabinet meetings with religious lobbyists'.

With regard to the documents attached in the response to my request, all of them have been modified in order to protect the alleged interests of the organizations lobbying on Frans Timmermans' cabinet. In this sense, one could understand that the archives had to be anonymized, in accordance with
Article 4(1 )(b) (protection of privacy and the integrity of the individual) ofRegulation (EC)
No 1049/2001, although protection of personal data of lobbyists making use of a transparency register to get in touch with public institutions can always be subjective.

However, as regards document 12, access has been "partially refused on the basis of Article 4(2), first
indent of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 (protection of commercial interests of a legal
person)". Accordingly, this document has not only been anonymized but also hidden to a extremely large extent. The basis of this decision is that "the relevant undisclosed parts of document 12, contain the names, as well as commercially sensitive information, such as views and opinions expressed by members
ofthe Commission ofthe Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) in a very specific context". If this reasoning is analyzed carefully, one realizes that comercial interests are not an obstacle to access the information anymore, since "views and opinions" cannot be indisputably taken as such.

Even if the alleged comercial interests would be appropriate, it is important to distinguish between reputational damage and commercial damage. Whether the lobby activities of an organization could have a negative impact on its reputation or not, it must never be an impediment to give access to a certain information, since the lobbying process is transparent and public by itself in its definition. On the other hand, if a religious lobby —registered in the EU transparency register as a "organisation representing churches and religious communities" and not, for instance, as a "in-house lobbyist and trade/business/professional association", discusses commercial interests within the European Commission, it is even more evident that access to communications must be provided to the European public.

Ultimately, Article 4(2), first indent of Regulation 1049/2001 affirms that ‘the institutions shall refuse access to a document where disclosure would undermine the protection of commercial interests of a natural or legal person, [...] unless there is an overriding public interest in disclosure.’ In this case, the public interest in obtaining the original document is superior to any type of supposed commercial interests. On the one hand, citizens have the right to know what is happening or being negotiated in the offices of their representatives; on the other hand, religious lobby plays a crucial roll in the field of human rights, especially in the rights of women and the LGTBI collective, two social groups that are suffering serious attacks that undermine its integrity nowadays.

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

Yours faithfully,

Álvaro Merino.

Secretariat General of the European Commission

Your message has been received by the Transparency Unit of the
Secretariat-General of the European Commission.
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[1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to
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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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[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
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Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
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[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
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im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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Secretary General
Transparency unit SG-B-4
Brussels

Your Reference: GestDem 2018/6966
20 March 2019
Dear Sir/Madam,

The previous confirmatory application was sent by mistake. This is the prevalent one:

This is a confirmatory application to challenge the refusal to provide full access to documents related to my request of 26 December 2018 om which I sought to obtain the following documents: “A list of all lobby meetings held by … Frans Timmermans or any other member of its Cabinet with any organisation representing churches and/or religious communities since 2014 onwards, including all emails, minutes/, reports or any other briefing papers related to all those meetings.”
The European Commission has identified and provide us with partial access to twelve (12) documents.
Two exceptions have been applied to the material redacted from this documents. With this confirmatory application, I ask that you review what I would argue is the overbroad application of these exceptions, and the failure to fully and adequately consider the public interest in the release of these documents.
1. No list of meetings provided
In my request I asked for a list of all lobby meetings. I note that no such list has been provided but nor have you stated clearly that you do not hold such a list.
I note that you referred me to the Transparency Register for a reports on meetings held with organisations representing churches and religious communities. Whilst this is useful information for which I thank you, it appears that not all such organisations are registered in the lobby register, and certainly not all churches, religious associations, and communities are registered there.
Therefore, in order to have a clearer picture of all meetings held, I would need a full list of such meetings.
Could you please kindly confirm whether or not such a list exits.

2. Protection of Privacy
You have applied article 4.1.b of Regulation 1049/2001, combined with the provisions of Regulation 2018/1725 to deny access to the names of some members of the Commission staff as well as to protect the privacy of other individuals such as members of boards of organisations representing churches and religious communities.
This protection of privacy of those who are acting as interest group representatives is a departure from the general principle that all those who meet with senior Commission officials shall have those meetings made public, in accordance with the Commission decision of 25 November 2014, Article 3, which states that the principle of transparency of such meetings does not apply to “meetings held in the context of the dialogue with churches, religious associations or communities, as well as with philosophical and non-confessional organisations.”
You state in your decision letter, as is stated in the abovementioned Commission decision, that “to respect … the specific character of the dialogue with churches and philosophical and non-confessional organisations, provided for in Article 17(3) TFEU, meetings taking place in those contexts should not be covered by this Decision.”
It is not clear how such an exclusion is justified, given that Article 17(3) TFEU specifically requires that “Recognising their identity and their specific contribution, the Union shall maintain an open, transparent and regular dialogue with these churches and organisations.”
In other words, in addition to the general principles of transparency and openness contained in Article 15 TFEU, there is a further, specific, requirement for openness of dialogue with churches and religious associations or communities, as well as with philosophical and non-confessional organisations (Articles 17(1) and 17(2) TFEU respectively).
I would therefore argue that there is a clear and overriding public interest in accessing information about the representatives of all representatives religious (and other) communities and that this is supported by – even mandated by – a specific treaty requirement.
Furthermore, it is essential that members of the European public are able to know who in particular from these organisations is presenting policy arguments. I note that it is not only public figures who are the heads of these institutions who are sufficiently well known to merit having their names made public when they are acting as interest representatives (lobbyists). I further note that this is precisely the principle that you apply for other interest groups, where the privacy argument does not prevail, and that should be even more so the case here given Article 17(3).
In terms of a specific interest, I inform you that I need this information as part of journalistic research into the way in which religious communities are making their case in Brussels, and I need to be able to identify which individuals are communicating with senior European Commission officials in order to be able to understand precisely how this lobbying is taking place for use in journalistic output designed to inform public debate.

Sincerely,
Álvaro Merino.

Secretariat General of the European Commission

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The Secretariat-General will reply to your request within 15 working days
upon registration of your request and will duly inform you of the
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Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
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Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
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3. Commercially Sensitive Information
In denying access to the majority of Document 12 on the grounds of Article 4(2) first indent, you argue that it contains commercially sensitive information, which it then goes on to state are the “views and opinions expressed by members of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conference of the European Union” and that these “would have a negative effect on their reputation and public image, thus affecting their commercial interest.”
You cite jurisprudence from the Court of Justice of the European Union about protecting business strategies, and then add that “Even if the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union is not an undertaking acting in the private interest, I note that the reputational damage mentioned.” Furthermore, even if the analogy were apt, the jurisprudence you cite does not cover information that is merely “views and opinions” rather than concrete business strategies.
It seems that here there is an inappropriate conflation of the concept of damage to the reputation of an organisation and the need to protect – unspecified – commercial interests. Regulation 1049/2001 Article 4(2) first indent is not designed as a general protection of reputations. (Indeed, I would refer you to the extensive jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights on the issue of true information and reputations, particularly where a legal person rather than a private person is concerned). Hence the application of this exception seems inappropriate in this context and I ask that you reconsider it.
Even if you were to find that there is potentially some damage to whatever the legitimate commercial interests of Commission of the Bishops’ Conference of the European Union might be, there is clearly an overriding public interest here.
The European Commission has recognised the need for transparency of lobbying in establishing the Transparency Register, which requires that any activity that constitutes lobbying (any policy advocacy by interest groups) must be open. Hence the requirement for registration by every "in-house lobbyist and trade/business/professional association", and the requirement that there be transparency when they discuss commercial interests within the European Commission. This general principle should apply here.
Furthermore, the first is that the Union’s dialogue with the confessions must be open and transparent. I refer to Article 17(3) TFEU, cited above, which creates a very specific requirement of openness of such dialogue.
Citizens have a right to know what is happening or being negotiated in the offices of their representatives. This is particularly the case with the religious lobby, which plays a crucial role in the field of human rights, especially in the rights of women and the LGTBI collective. It is imperative that members of the public are able to know about the way in which these issues are being discussed in Brussels and what attempts there might be to influence policy.
In this case I am a journalist working to bring to light information about the policy advocacy activities of religions and their organisations, in order that there be a strengthened and more informed public debate.

Secretariat General of the European Commission

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aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
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Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
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Dear Sir,

Thank you for your email dated 20/03/2019 by which you request, pursuant
to Regulation No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament,
Council and Commission documents, a review of the position taken by the
Secretariat-General in reply to your initial application GESTDEM
2018/6966.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 20/03/2019 (Ares(2019)1837244 &
Ares(2019)1837345).

Your application will be handled within 15 working days (10/04/2019).  In
case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due
course.

Please be informed that the answer to your confirmatory application is a
formal Commission decision that will be notified to you by express
delivery. Thank you for providing your contact phone number, so that the
external delivery service can contact you in case of absence.

Please note that the Commission will not use your phone number for any
other purpose than for informing the delivery service, and that it will
delete it immediately thereafter.

Yours faithfully,

Carlos Remis
SG.C.1
Transparence
Charl. 03/21

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Dear ve_sg.accessdoc (SG),

I would like to provide again my postal address (there was a number left):

Álvaro Merino
Calle Ricardo Ortiz 61, 1B.
28017 Madrid.

Phone number: +34 633 107 335.

Yours sincerely,

Álvaro Merino.

Secretariat General of the European Commission

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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
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

I should have had an answer by April 10. Could you please inform me about the status of the internal review I asked for?

Yours faithfully,

Álvaro Merino

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
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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Dear Mr Merino,

 

Please find enclosed our holding reply in this case (Gestdem reference
2018/6966) which we sent on 09/04/2019. Unfortunately it had erroneously
been sent to the asktheeu e-mail address of your request with Gestdem
reference 2019/0061.

 

Please accept our apologies.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM

 

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European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG C.1

[2][email address]

 

 

 

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Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Thank you for your reply. However, I cannot see the document.

Yours faithfully,

Álvaro Merino

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
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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Dear Mr Merino,

 

Please find below the e-mail registered and sent on 9 April.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (GD)

 

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European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG C.1

[2][email address]

 

 

 

From: ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[DG SG request email]>
Sent: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 2:25 PM
To: [email address]
Subject: Ares(2019)2493635 - Your confirmatory application for access to
documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 – GESTDEM 2018/6966

 

[3]Ares(2019)2493635 - Your confirmatory application for access to
documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 – GESTDEM 2018/6966

 

Sent by ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) . All responses have to be sent to this email
address.

Envoyé par ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) . Toutes les réponses doivent être
effectuées à cette adresse électronique.

 

Dear Mr Merino,

 

I refer to your e-mail of 20 March 2019, registered on the same date, by
which you submit a confirmatory application in accordance with Article
7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European
Parliament, Council and Commission documents.

 

I would like to inform you that your confirmatory application is currently
being handled. Unfortunately, due to ongoing consultations, we are not in
a position to reply to your confirmatory request within the prescribed
time limit expiring on 10 April 2019. Consequently, we have to extend this
period by another 15 working days in accordance with Article 8(2) of
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001. The new deadline expires on 7 May 2019.

 

I can assure you that we are doing our utmost to provide you with a final
reply as soon as possible.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

María OLIVÁN AVILÉS
Head of Unit

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European Commission

Secretariat General

Unit C.1 (Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents)

 

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Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

The new deadline expired on 7 May 2019. I would like to know when the internal review I asked for is expected to be addressed. I made this access to documents request five months ago, I believe it has been enough time to manage my petition.

Yours faithfully,

Álvaro Merino

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
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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