Hearing undertaken by European Parliament in the frame of alleged conflict of interest and misbehavior at EU of European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

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Dear President of European Parliament,

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:

1. The documents and minutes related to the evaluation and hearing undertaken by European Parliament in the frame of article 15 (3) third indent of the Council Regulation 168/2007 establishing a European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

2. The statement given by the Director of European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights before the competent committee of the European Parliament, under the same legal framework as above.

3. The relevant documents related to the decision taken by European Parliament vis-s-vis alleged cases of conflict of interest and misbehavior at European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

4. The European Parliament Decision to renew the mandate of the Director of FRA for 4 years (including minutes, notes, declarations given by MEPs in the same subject).

Yours faithfully,

Kurt Weiss

Registre, European Parliament

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Dear Mr Weiss

We acknowledge receipt of your request. We are dealing with it and you
will receive a reply within 15 working days as forseen in Regulation (CE)
n° 1049/2001.

Best regards

Transparency - Public Access to documents Unit
 

  Directorate C - DG Presidency
European Parliament
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Dear Register of European Parliament,

I herby acknowledge the receipt of replies and its annexes sent to me via email of asktheeu.org

Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Kurt Weiss

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Dear Mr Weiss,

In response to your request regarding the Fundamental Rights Agency and more specifically concerning items 1, 2 and 4 of your request, the Council Regulation 168/2007 (Article 15 (3) third indent ) specifies that:

"The Management Board shall inform the European Parliament and the Council about its intention to extend the Director's mandate. Within a delay of one month before the Management Board formally takes the decision to extend this mandate, the Director may be asked to make a declaration before the competent committee of the European Parliament and to answer questions from its members".

The European Parliament has not yet undertaken any evaluation or hearing in this regard, but this procedure will take place during the course of May . Indeed, the competent committee, LIBE, decided at its meeting of 24-25 April to invite the Director of FRA to its meeting of 6 May. For more details on date and time, you can consult the agenda on LIBE's webpage: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees...

You will also be able to follow the meeting live, as it should be webstreamed.

Similar to the procedure followed in 2008 for the appointment of the Director, once LIBE has heard the candidate, the committee will give its opinion on the renewal of the mandate. This opinion will be transmitted to the Management Board of the FRA. Please bear in mind that the European Parliament has no decisional powers in this matter, as laid down in Article 15 of the Council Regulation 168/2007.

Concerning the alleged cases of conflict of interest and misbehavior at the FRA, you will find attached the report on the discharge for the FRA drafted by Mr Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy wich includes a motion for resolution with observations , as tabled for the plenary (A7-0102/2013) and its amendments

The report was adopted during the plenary session of 17 April(P7_TA-PROV(2013)0162).

We hope this information is useful to you.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you further.

Best regards

Transparency - Public Access to documents Unit
Directorate C - DG Presidency
European Parliament
Public Register webpage

Andreas Pavlou,

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Dear Mr Weiss,

In response to your request regarding the Fundamental Rights
Agencyand more specifically concerning items 1, 2 and 4 of your
request, the Council Regulation 168/2007 (Article 15 (3) third
indent ) specifies that :
"/The Management Board shall inform the European Parliament and
the Council about its intention to extend the Director's mandate.
Within a delay of one month before the Management Board formally
takes the decision to extend this mandate, the Director may be asked
to make a declaration before the competent committee of the European
Parliament and to answer questions from its members"./
The European Parliament has not yet undertaken any evaluation or
hearing in this regard, but this procedure will take place
during the course of May . Indeed, the competent committee,
LIBE, decided at its meeting of 24-25 April to invite the Director
of FRA to its meeting of 6 May.For more details on date and time,
you can consult the agenda on LIBE 's webpage :
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees...
You will also be able to follow the meetinglive, as it should
be webstreamed.
Similar to the procedure followed in 2008 for the appointment of the
Director, once LIBE has heard the candidate, the committee will give
its opinion on the renewal of the mandate. This opinion will be
transmitted to the Management Board of the FRA. Please bear in mind
that the European Parliament has nodecisional powers in this matter,
as laid down in Article 15 of the Council Regulation 168/2007.
Concerning the alleged cases of conflict of interest and misbehavior
at the FRA, you will find attached the report on the discharge for
the FRA drafted by Mr Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy wich includes a motion
for resolution with observations , as tabled for the
plenary(A7-0102/2013) and its amendments
The reportwas adoptedduring the plenary session of17
April(*P7_TA-PROV(2013)0162*).
We hope this information is useful to you.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you further.
Best regards

Transparency - Public Access to documents Unit

Directorate C - DG Presidency
European Parliament
_*Public Register webpage*
<http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegWeb/app...>_

Pam Bartlett,

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Pamela Bartlett Quintanilla
Researcher and Campaigner
Access Info Europe
Madrid
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Dear European Parliament,

Thank you for response.
Would be possible to receive also the documents mentioned in point 1 and 2 of my initial request? For point 2, would be possible to receive the Statement in written format and as well the Opinion given by EP/LIBE Committee?
Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Kurt Weiss

Andreas Pavlou,

3 Attachments

Message failed when sent on the 26th April 2013 due to AsktheEU.org
server failure. This is the message the European Parliament forwarded
onto the AsktheEU.org Team to send again.
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Dear Mr Weiss,

In response to your request regarding the Fundamental Rights
Agencyand more specifically concerning items 1, 2 and 4 of your
request, the Council Regulation 168/2007 (Article 15 (3) third
indent ) specifies that :
"/The Management Board shall inform the European Parliament and
the Council about its intention to extend the Director's mandate.
Within a delay of one month before the Management Board formally
takes the decision to extend this mandate, the Director may be asked
to make a declaration before the competent committee of the European
Parliament and to answer questions from its members"./
The European Parliament has not yet undertaken any evaluation or
hearing in this regard, but this procedure will take place
during the course of May . Indeed, the competent committee,
LIBE, decided at its meeting of 24-25 April to invite the Director
of FRA to its meeting of 6 May.For more details on date and time,
you can consult the agenda on LIBE 's webpage :
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees...
You will also be able to follow the meetinglive, as it should
be webstreamed.
Similar to the procedure followed in 2008 for the appointment of the
Director, once LIBE has heard the candidate, the committee will give
its opinion on the renewal of the mandate. This opinion will be
transmitted to the Management Board of the FRA. Please bear in mind
that the European Parliament has nodecisional powers in this matter,
as laid down in Article 15 of the Council Regulation 168/2007.
Concerning the alleged cases of conflict of interest and misbehavior
at the FRA, you will find attached the report on the discharge for
the FRA drafted by Mr Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy wich includes a motion
for resolution with observations , as tabled for the
plenary(A7-0102/2013) and its amendments
The reportwas adoptedduring the plenary session of17
April(*P7_TA-PROV(2013)0162*).
We hope this information is useful to you.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you further.
Best regards

Transparency - Public Access to documents Unit

Directorate C - DG Presidency
European Parliament
_*Public Register webpage*
<http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegWeb/app...>_

Pam Bartlett,

Subject: Internal review of access to information request - Hearing
undertaken by European Parliament in the frame of alleged
conflict of interest and misbehavior at EU of European Union
Agency for Fundamental Rights
Date: Tue, 7 May 2013 18:15:04 +0000
From: Kurt Weiss [1]<[FOI #452 email]>
To: Pam Bartlett [2]<[email address]>

Dear European Parliament,

Thank you for response.
Would be possible to receive also the documents mentioned in point
1 and 2 of my initial request? For point 2, would be possible to
receive the Statement in written format and as well the Opinion
given by EP/LIBE Committee?
Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Kurt Weiss

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Dear European Parliament,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of European Parliament's handling of my FOI request 'Hearing undertaken by European Parliament in the frame of alleged conflict of interest and misbehavior at EU of European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights'.

Dear European Parliament,

Thank you for response.
Would be possible to receive also the documents mentioned in point 1 and 2 of my initial request? For point 2, would be possible to receive the Statement in written format and as well the Opinion given by EP/LIBE Committee?

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

Yours faithfully,

Kurt Weiss

Registre, European Parliament

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Dear Mr Weiss,

Thanks for your clarification. We believe you refer to a case which has
been forwarded to the OLAF for further enquiries. In this context see in
attachment the relevant document.

As yet Parliament has not received any communication concerning the
outcome of the enquiries by the OLAF.

We hope this information is useful to you

Best regards

Transparency - Public Access to documents Unit
Directorate C - DG Presidency
European Parliament

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Dear President of European Parliament,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of European Parliament's handling of my FOI request 'Hearing undertaken by European Parliament in the frame of alleged conflict of interest and misbehavior at EU of European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights'.

1. I request relevant clarifications if OLAF replied to EP Budgetary Control committee following its letter of 27.04.2012 accessible from here http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/452/r...

2. If yes, what was the outcome. If not, the follow up by EP budgetary Control Committee.

3. Was Mr Martin Schulz, the President of EP or any relevant committee of EP, informed about these cases at FRA:
http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/453/r...

4. Is Mr Schulz aware about situation at FRA?
http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/how_m...

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

Yours faithfully,

Kurt Weiss

Registre, European Parliament

Dear Mr Weiss,

In reply to your questions concerning the declaration made by the FRA
Director before the Civil Liberties committee of the European Parliament
on 6 May 2013, we inform you that no written verbatim proceedings are
produced in the case of committee meetings. However you can download the
web streaming of the meeting via the link:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en...
-1500-COMMITTEE-LIBE

Summarized minutes of the meeting will be available, once adopted, on:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees...

The European Parliament did not receive a written document with the
statement given by the FRA Director. As mentioned above, the statement
is to be downloaded via the web streaming internet link.

There are no other documents produced on this issue.

We hope this information is useful to you

Transparency - Public Access to documents Unit
Directorate C - DG Presidency
European Parliament

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Registre, European Parliament

Dear Mr Weiss,

In reply to your questions concerning the declaration made by the FRA
Director before the Civil Liberties committee of the European Parliament
on 6 May 2013, we inform you that no written verbatim proceedings are
produced in the case of committee meetings. However you can download the
web streaming of the meeting via the link:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en...
-1500-COMMITTEE-LIBE

Summarized minutes of the meeting will be available, once adopted, on:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees...

The European Parliament did not receive a written document with the
statement given by the FRA Director on 6 May 2013. As mentioned above,
the statement is to be downloaded via the web streaming internet link.

The relevant rules do not foresee for the EP to give an opinion in the
case of extension of the Director's mandate. There are in consequence no
other documents produced on this issue.

We hope this information is useful to you

Transparency - Public Access to documents Unit
Directorate C - DG Presidency
European Parliament

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Registre, European Parliament

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Dear Mr Weiss,

In reply to your questions, we can inform you of the following:


1 and 2. In our previous email (26 June 2013) we had already informed
you that up to now the EP has not received any communication concerning
the outcome of the enquiries.

3 and 4. Parliament is aware of the situation in FRA and has adopted a
resolution: Discharge resolution TA(2013)0162, previously sent to you
(see attachment)

Best regards,

Transparency - Public Access to documents Unit
Directorate C - DG Presidency
European Parliament

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Dear European Parliament,

I would be grateful if you could grant me access to the relevant documents related to follow up on the EP Resolution P7_TA-PROV(2013)0162.

Is there any improvement detected by EP following this Resolution. I see that EU Ombudsman opened a new harassment case at FRA
http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/cases/cas... after the past ones already mentioned EP in its website.

Yours faithfully,

Kurt Weiss

Registre, European Parliament

Dear Mr Weiss,

Please note that for the time being there are not yet documents
concerning the follow-up on the Resolution P7_TA-PROV(2013)0162.

Best regards,

Transparency - Public Access to documents Unit

Directorate C - DG Presidency
European Parliament

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