Identity of Energy Security Task Force members

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Secretariat General of the European Commission should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

On March 25th 2022, Ursula Von Der Leyen and Joe Biden announced the creation of a joint Task Force on Energy Security. This Task Force is to have a key role in ensuring the energy security of the EU and thus holds significant influence on energy and infrastructure decisions. However, the identity of Task Force members have not been disclosed. This could be especially problematic as the various declaration from US and EU officials suggest it largely involve energy companies and lobby groups. Similarly, little information is released on the recommendations made by this group.

Therefore, 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:
- The list of Task Force Members ;
- The topics discussed during meetings ;
- The involvement of the Task Force - notably through emitting recommendations - in any EU legislation or decision.

If this information are not published, you can send them to the office of Reclaim Finance (France - Paris 75020 - 24 rue de l'Est).

Yours faithfully,

Paul Schreiber
Reclaim Finance

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,
I just wanted to signal that, by law, a response to this request should have been provided by now.
I look forward to hearing from you on this important topic.
Yours faithfully,
Paul Schreiber
Reclaim Finance

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, 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
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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
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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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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 'Identity of Energy Security Task Force members'.

The request was submitted on May 24th 2022 and should have been processed by the Secretariat General of the EU Commission after a response was provided to a previous request on June 9th 2022. However, no response has been provided to the information request 'Identity of Energy Security Task Force members' as of July 12th 2022.

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

Yours faithfully,

Paul Schreiber
Reclaim Finance

SG ACCES DOCUMENTS, Secretariat General of the European Commission

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your email dated 12/07/2022 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 applications GESTDEM
2022/3924.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 15/07/2022 (Ares(2022)5164983).

Your application will be handled within 15 working days (08/08/2022). 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,

Access to documents team (cr)
SG.C.1
Transparency

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Subject: Your confirmatory application for access to documents under
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 – GESTDEM 2022/3924

 

Dear Mr Schreiber,

 

I refer to your e-mail of 12 July 2022, registered on the same day, 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 (hereafter ‘Regulation (EC)
No 1049/2001’).

 

I would like to inform you that your confirmatory application is currently
being handled. Unfortunately, due to ongoing consultations, we were not in
a position to reply to your confirmatory request within the prescribed
time limit expiring on 8 August 2022.

 

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 30 August 2022.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mariusz Daca, Ph.D.
Deputy Head of Unit

European Commission

Secretariat General

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

 

 

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Dear Mr Schreiber,

 

I refer to your e-mail of 12 July 2022, registered on 15 July 2022, 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 (hereafter ‘Regulation (EC)
No 1049/2001’).

 

I also refer to our holding reply concerning the deadline of 8 August
2022, by which the time limit for replying to your confirmatory
application was extended by 15 working days, pursuant to Article 8(2) of
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001.

 

I regret to have to inform you that we will not be able to respond within
the extended time limit, which expires on 30 August 2022, as we have not
yet finalised the necessary consultations. However, I can assure you that
we are doing our utmost to conclude these proceedings in order to provide
you with a final reply as soon as possible.

 

I regret this additional delay and sincerely apologise for any
inconvenience this may cause.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mariusz Daca, Ph.D.
Deputy Head of Unit

European Commission

Secretariat General

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

 

 

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Dear SG ACCES DOCUMENTS,

A response to this request initially submitted in May 2022 is yet to be provided. By law, and under all circumstances, the Commission should have responded more than two weeks ago.

Significant energy decisions are being taken at the EU level, notably relying on the advice of the energy security task force. Knowing its members is a basic democratic necessity. I hope an answer will soon be provided.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Schreiber

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, 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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[4][Re] GESTDEM 2022/3924 - Initial request - Ares(2022)6527094  (Please
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exclusivement si vous êtes un(e) utilisateur d’Ares)

Dear Sir,

 

Following your request to access the documents held by the European
Commission, please find attached our reply.

 

Kind regards,

 

DG Energy

DG ENERGY – Access to documents team

Email: [5][email address]

 

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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 'Identity of Energy Security Task Force members'.

If the DG Energy did send some information on the activity of the Task Force, it provided no information on the identity of its members nor on the precise content of the discussions. The Commission's refusal to publish a list of members is especially problematic as several companies or associations involved have direct interests in the energy sector and/or benefit from EU energy supply decisions. For example, several Task Force members may also be companies that promote projects that are listes as PCI and/or benefit from accelerated permits.

The DG said that "As concerns your request on the involvement of the Task Force in EU legislation, please note that the Task Force has a political and strategic nature, and does not issue conclusions or recommendations. Therefore, the Task Force is not involved in drafting or preparing EU legislation or decisions." If the Task Force is not involved in the drafting and preparation of EU legislation, the political and strategic discussions with the Task Force could influence the decisions and propositions of the Commission. Obviously, as the Task Force discusses issues that are directly related to EU energy security, it holds an indirect influence on EU energy policies.

In its response, the DG underlines that: "Article 4 (2) fourth paragraph foresees the possibility to override the refusal based on the protection of commercial interests if there is an overriding public interest in disclosure. In your request, you do not put forward any arguments to establish the necessity to have the data transmitted for a specific purpose in the public interest." However, there is an overridding public interest in knowing what companies play a role in defining the EU's energy supply policies and/or advise the bloc on its energy supply. In the current context, as energy drives EU inflation and becomes a preoccupation for all Europeans, but also triggers massive profits for energy companies, knowing the identity of Task Force members appears a basic democratic request and is necessary to help prevent any conflict of interest.

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

Yours faithfully,

Paul Schreiber
Reclaim Finance

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, 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
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 Schreiber,

 

Please find attached for your information an advance copy of the closing
letter concerning your confirmatory application re. case ref. GESTDEM
2022/3924.

 

Please also note that the letter will be sent to you by post with AR.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (IC)

 

 

European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG.C1 (Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents)

[email address]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Sir,

 

Thank you for your email dated 21 September 2022 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 DG ENER in reply to your initial application GESTDEM 2022/3924.

 

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 22 September 2022
([5]Ares(2022)6557963).

 

Your application will be handled within 15 working days (13/10/2022). 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,

 

 

 

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (IC)

 

 

European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG.C1 (Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents)

[email address]

 

 

 

 

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