Group of Personalities on the Preparatory Action for CSDP-related research

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From: Laëtitia Sédou

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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 all documents relating to the Group of Personalities on the Preparatory Action for CSDP-related research. This should include, as a minimum, the following documents:
- the mandate and expected duration of this Group of Personalities
- The dates and location of the meetings of the above-referred Group of Personalities
- The minutes of the meetings of the above-referred Group of Personalities
- The names of people in attendance at the meetings of the above-referred Group of Personalities, and who they represent.

Yours faithfully,
Laetitia Sédou

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Dear Ms Sédou,
 
Thank you for your request for access to documents.
 
Unfortunately you have not indicated your postal address that is required
for registering and handling your request in line with the procedural
requirements.
 
Please send us your full postal address at your earliest convenience.
 
Pending your reply, we reserve the right to refuse the registration of
your request.
 
You may, of course, use directly the electronic form for entering your
request:
 
[1]http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/...
 
 
Best regards,
 
The access to documents team
European Commission
DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Unit A5
 

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Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,

Please find below my postal address:
Quaker House
Square Ambiorix 50
1000 Brussels

Yours faithfully,

Laëtitia Sédou

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Dear Ms Sédou,
 
Thank you for your request for access to documents dated 20/04/2016 and
for your reply dated 22/04/2016 to our request for postal address.  We
hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents,
which was registered on 22/04/2016 under reference number GestDem
2016/2138.
 
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
19/05/2016. 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,
 
 
The access to documents team
European Commission
DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Unit A5
 

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Dear Ms Sedou,
 
We refer to your e-mail dated 20/04/2016 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 22/04/2016 under the above mentioned
reference number.
 
Your application is currently being handled. However, due to the
consultation of third parties 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 (19/05/2016).
 
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 09/06/2016.
 
We apologize for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
 
The Access to documents Team
European Commission
DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Unit A5

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sent: Friday, April 22, 2016 10:29 AM
To: 'Laëtitia Sédou'
Cc: GROW ACCES DOCUMENTS
Subject: Acknowledgement of receipt - SEDOU - GESTDEM 2016/2138
 
 
Dear Ms Sédou,
 
Thank you for your request for access to documents dated 20/04/2016 and
for your reply dated 22/04/2016 to our request for postal address.  We
hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents,
which was registered on 22/04/2016 under reference number GestDem
2016/2138.
 
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
19/05/2016. 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,
 
 
The access to documents team
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European Commission
DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Unit A5
 

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Dear Ms Sédou,

Please find attached a letter signed by Mr Alain Alexis, Head of Unit,
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs.

Kind regards

Polina Bekchieva

 
European Commission
DG GROW
Unit I4

Defence, Aeronautic and Maritime Industries

 

BREY 9/028

1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 299 48 58

[1][email address]

 

 

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From: Laëtitia Sédou

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Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,
Dear Mr Alexis,

Thank you for your reply dated 8 of June and the attached documents. However we consider that the documents received are not complete.
Indeed the first minutes only give indications about who took the floor during the meeting but not who attended it. In the minutes of the second meeting, a part of the text is missing (2nd paragraph under point 2, “strategic autonomy is a ...[blank]”).
Moreover, the minutes refer to ToRs and to other meetings: a possible GoP meeting before June 2015, and more importantly the GoP's sherpas meetings (“5-6 meetings of the sherpas are foreseen, more if necessary”) as well as discussion papers produced by the sherpas for the GoP formal meetings. As the sherpas were representing the GoP members and were conducting the work for the final report of the GoP, we consider that our request for documents on the GoP covers the work of the GoP sherpas.

Therefore we are requesting for the following complementary information and documents:
- list of participants in the 1st meeting of the GoP (30/03/2015)
- complete minutes of the 2nd meeting (17/11/2015)
- confirmation that there was no other GoP meeting before the June 2015 Council, or if there was one, the attendance list and minutes of this meeting
- the dates of all the meetings of the sherpas, be it in plenary or in sub-groups
- the attendance lists and the minutes of all sherpas' meetings, both in plenary and sub-groups formats
- all the discussion papers and other documents produced by the sherpas for the GoP members and formal meetings
- draft versions of the GoP report if any, as well as any other documents produced by the GoP
- the Terms of Reference mentioned in the minutes of the GoP

Yours faithfully,

Laëtitia Sédou

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Dear Ms Sédou,

 

Please find attached a letter signed by Ms Lowri Evans, Director-General
for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

 

 

Kind regards

 

Polina Bekchieva

 
European Commission
DG GROW
Unit I4

Defence, Aeronautic and Maritime Industries

 

BREY 9/028

1049 Brussels/Belgium
+32 2 299 48 58

[1][email address]

 

 

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From: Laëtitia Sédou

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Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs's handling of my FOI request 'Group of Personalities on the Preparatory Action for CSDP-related research'.
Indeed I consider that my request is not undermining public interest in defence and military matters, and that at least part of the requested documents could have been released. For example communicating the dates of the sherpas meetings and the precise lists of participants to each meeting cannot undermine public interest in any way, as the general list of the members of the GoP is already public. However I consider important to know who exacly attended each of those meetings in terms of transparency of the EU decision-making process.
Moreover, I contest the fact that the current decision-making process (about the Preparatory Action on defence research) is being carried out "free of external pressure" and that my request would endanger this independance: indeed the majority of the members of this GoP are representing arms-related industry and application-oriented research groups, which are thus also external stakeholders as much as civil society or an EU citizen can be.

Therefore I disagree with the rejection of my request
A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/grou...

Yours faithfully,

Laëtitia Sédou

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Dear Ms Sédou,

 

Please find attached a note for your attention regarding your confirmatory
application GestDem 2016/2138.

 

Best regards,

Carlos Remis
SG.B.4
Transparence
Berl. 05/315

 

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Dear Ms Sedou,

 

Please find attached a letter concerning your confirmatory application for
access to documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 - Gestdem 2016/2138

 

Yours sincerely,

 

TEAM ACCESS DOCUMENTS
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European Commission
Secretariat General

Unit B4 - Transparency

 

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