Dear

From: Belen Balanya, Corporate Europe Observatory
Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels.
8 December 2020 RE: Access to Documents related to IPCEIs

Dear sirs,
Referring to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 on public access to EU documents and to the 'Aarhus Regulation' (see note), I would herewith like to ask for access to the following:

1- all correspondence (including email) since 1st December 2019 between Commissioner Breton and/or Commissioner Vestager and/or their cabinet and/or officials from DG GROW and or DG Competition on one hand and representatives from the gas industry on the other in which the issue of Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEIs) in relation with hydrogen was addressed.

2 - list of meetings since 1st December 2019 between Commissioner Breton and/or Commissioner Vestager and/or their cabinet and/or officials from DG GROW and or DG Competition on one hand and representatives from the gas industry on the other in which the issue of Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEIs) in relation with hydrogen was addressed

3 - minutes of the meetings mentioned above

I would like to make clear I prefer you produce the documents on a rolling basis.
At no point should the Commission’s search for—or deliberations concerning—certain documents delay the production of others that the Commission has already retrieved and elected to produce.

To the extent possible, we prefer the documents in electronic format. Documents that cannot be sent in electronic format should be sent to Corporate Europe Observatory, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels.

Should my request be denied wholly or partially, please explain the denial or all deletions referring to specific exemptions in the regulation. Also I expect the partial release of documents, in case of partial exemption according to article 4.6.

I reserve the right to appeal.
Please confirm having received this application. I look forward to your reply within 15 business days, according to the regulation.

Thank you for your assistance.

Belen Balanya
Corporate Europe Observatory

Yours faithfully,

Belen Balanya

GROW-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail of 08 December 2020. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 09 December 2020 under reference number GESTDEM 2020/7636.

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 8 January 2021. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

You have lodged your application via a private third-party 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.

Please note that the private third party running the Asktheeu website is responsible and accountable for the processing of your personal data via that website, and not the Commission. For further information on your rights, please refer to the third party’s privacy policy.

We understand that the third party running the AsktheEU.org website usually publishes the content of applicants’ correspondence with the Commission on that website. This includes the personal data that you may have communicated to the Commission (e.g. your private postal address).

Similarly, the third party publishes on that website any reply that the Commission will send to the email address of the applicants generated by the AsktheEU.org website.

If you do not wish that your correspondence with the Commission is published on a private third-party website such as AsktheEU.org, you can provide us with an alternative, private e-mail address for further correspondence. In that case, the Commission will send all future electronic correspondence addressed to you only to that private address, and it will use only that private address to reply to your request. You should still remain responsible to inform the private third-party website about this change of how you wish to communicate with, and receive a reply from, the Commission.

Yours faithfully,
GROW Access to Document Team

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1 Attachment

Please find attached document Ares(2021)156998 dated 08/01/2021.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint le document Ares(2021)156998 daté du 08/01/2021.