Information regarding the DMA legislation
Mathias Schindler made this access to documents request to Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Dear DG GROW,
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:
All information in the conext of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) concerning
* remuneration for digital content OR
* the role of publishers OR
* rules on fairness for the provision of services OR
* the inclusion of search engines in the context of the DMA (in particular in the context of article 6) OR
* FRAND provisions OR
* the relationship of the DMA with the Copyright in the Digital Sigle Market Directive OR
* any communication with publishers or their representatives, associations or people acting on their behalf in the context of the DMA
For the avoidance of doubt, the term "information" and "documents" should be understood as broadly as possible and it should definitely include such information and documents that the Commission considers "short-lived" or "unimportant", including letters, correspondence, memos, drafts, meeting notes, records regardless of medium, language or format.
If you hold information in an electronic format, I am asking for an electronic copy of such information in its original data format.
The scope of this request includes but is not limited to any proposals, such as drafting suggestions or table documents for Art 6.1.kb and the relevant recitals in preparation for or during the Digital Markets Act trilogue of 24 March 2022. I want third party communication to be included in the scope of this request.
I am happy to grant you a reasonable amount of time for the required third party consultations regarding the release of content in possession of the Commission provided by third parties, such as lobbyists, outside legal counsel and member states. If permitted by applicable law, I am looking also for the names and affiliations of people who have submitted such information and I am asking for only the mimum amount of redaction of such names if required by law.
And really, really, since this has been an issue in the past: If a Commissioner, Cabinet or staff member of a DG unit is sending a comment, email, text message, draft or any other piece of data to another Commissioner or staff member in its own or a different DG falling under the scope of this request, I want a copy of this document. If you - for whatever reason - do not consider it relevant to be included in the EU eDomec or ARES system, it does not lose its property as a document under Regulation 1049/2001.
If you end up considering to invoke exceptions such as those concerning ongoing legislative work, I am willing to accept partial delivery of documents and kindly ask you to indicate the time at which other documents would no longer be covered by such an exception to allow for a speedy re-filing of this request.
Thank you for your e-mail of 25th March 2022. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 28th March 2022 under reference number GESTDEM 2022/1817.
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 21th April 2022. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.
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DG GROW – Access to documents team
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Dear Mr Schindler,
We refer to your request for access to documents, registered on 28 March
2022 under the above-mentioned reference number.
The description given in your application does not enable us to identify
concrete documents which would correspond to your request. We therefore
invite you, pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001
regarding public access to documents, to provide us with more detailed
information on the documents that you seek to obtain.
- Please specify the temporal scope of your request for the
search and identification of documents falling in the scope (from… to…)
- Each of the lines on specific document requests in your list
ends by the word “OR”. Does this wording indicate that you wish to get
access to only one of any of the documents requested in your list?
If you need assistance in clarifying or specifying your application,
please let us know.
In accordance with Article 2, third paragraph of the Implementing Rules to
Regulation 1049/2001, the 15 working days time limit for handling your
application will start running when we receive the requested
Thank you in advance for your understanding.
DG GROW – Access to documents team
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
DG GROW/B1 – Planning and Briefings
Dear [email address],
The temporal scope of my request is defined by the timeline of the DMA negotiation. The proposal was made by the Commission on 15/12/2020, so I suggest to limit the temporal scope for documents from June 2021 to today.
The wording and the use of "OR" indicates that my request covers all documents held by you that satisfy at least one of the criteria listed in this list. It means that if you have a document that meets one or more of the criteria listed in this list, I want it. If there are two or more documents matching one criteria, I want it. If a document does not match at least one of the criteria listed there, I do not want it.
Dear Mr Schindler,
Please find attached a letter from Director-General Kerstin Jorna, in relation to the request for Access to Documents in subject.
Secretariat of Unit G.3
Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Unit G.3 - Digital transformation of industry
Office: BREY 12/106
Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,
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 'Information regarding the DMA legislation'.
I think that more information exists and that the partially released information should have been released in full or at least with fewer redactions.
A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/infor...
Thank you for your email dated 13/05/2022 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
GROW in reply to your initial application GESTDEM 2022/1817.
We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 16/05/2022 (Ares(2022)3685368).
Your application will be handled within 15 working days (09/06/2022). In
case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due
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.
Access to documents team (cr)