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To whom it May Concern,

on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), I would like to - under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties as developed in Regulation 1049/2001 - request access to the following documents:
- all reports (and other notes) from meetings between the European Commission and representatives of the Union des Aéroports Français (UAF) and/or the Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) since July 1st 2021.
- all correspondence (including emails and WhatsApp messages) between the European Commission and representatives of the Union des Aéroports Français (UAF) and/or the Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) since July 1st 2021.
- a list of all the above-mentioned documents (including dates, names of participants/senders/recipients and their affiliation, subject of meeting/correspondence)

The background for this request is as follows: last year the French airports' lobby group UAF (jointly with the European branch of the Airports Council International, ACI Europe) lodged a complaint to the European Commission against the French government’s intended ban on domestic flights for which an alternative by train of less than 2 hours and 30 minutes exists. According to newspaper reporting, the airport lobby groups argued that the ban violates ‘one of the founding principles of Europe, that is to say the freedom to provide services’. In December 2021 the European Commission opened an investigation into the French government’s plans. This investigation appears to be still ongoing.

There is a clear public interest in the disclosure of these documents. The transparency rules as set out in the Lisbon Treaty oblige the EU institutions to work as openly and as closely as possible to citizens. There is moreover clearly a lot at stake for EU citizens in this case, as it concerns the right of public authorities to introduce the strong and ambitious policy measures needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.

In response to a previous request to DG GROW (GESTDEM 2022/3775), I was informed that "no such documents, corresponding to the description given in your application, are held by DG GROW". I assume that this means that the complaint by French airports' lobby group UAF (jointly with the European branch of the Airports Council International, ACI Europe) was filed to another part of the European Commission. This is why I now submit the same request to the Secretariat-General, which must be able to locate the complaint submitted by UAF as well as other documents related to this request.

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman
on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Rue d'Edimbourg 26
1050 Brussels

SG ACCES DOCUMENTS, Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Sir,

 

Thank you for your e-mail of 5 August 2022. We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 5
August 2022 under reference number GESTDEM 2022/4462.

 

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 29 August 2022. In case this time limit
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MOVE E1 SECRETARIAT, Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Sir,

Please, find attached a letter from Ms Diaz Pulido requesting for
clarifications concerning your request of access to documents, registered
under GESTEM 2022/4462.

 

Thank you in advance for your kind reply,

Best regards,

Move E1 Secretariat

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