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From: Niels Gheyle

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Dear Communication,

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:

Internal Commission documents that relate to, talk about, or were used in order to create the webpage "Let's Talk Trade" (http://letstalktrade.eu/)

Yours faithfully,

Niels Gheyle

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Dear Mr Gheyle,

 

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,

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM
European Commission
DG COMM

 

 

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From: Niels Gheyle

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Dear Communication,

My postal address is Frederik Burvenichstraat 2a (4.02), 9000 Ghent, Belgium

Yours faithfully,

Niels Gheyle

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Dear Sir,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 24/04/2018. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 24/04/2018 under reference number GestDem 2018/2268.

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 22/05/2018. 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.

Please note also that the European Commission is not responsible for any possible processing of personal data by the private organisation running the AsktheEU.org website, through which you have channelled your request. Please refer to their privacy policy.

Yours faithfully,

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

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Dear Mr Gheyle,

 

We refer to your request for access to documents, registered on 24/04/2018
under reference number GestDem 2018/2268.

 

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 which you seek to obtain, such as
type of documents, references, dates or periods during which the documents
would have been produced, persons or bodies who drafted the documents etc…

 

The 15 working days the time limit for handling your application will
start running when we receive the requested clarifications.

 

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

Yours faithfully,

Access to Documents Team

[1]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/images/ec-logo...
European Commission
DG TRADE

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Gheyle,

 

We refer to the communication we sent to your attention on 27 April 2018
where we requested a clarification of your request. Unfortunately, we have
not received any answer from you by far. Therefore, we would like to
kindly ask you to send us the  requested clarification by Friday
25/05/2018. In case, we do not receive any answer from you by that date we
will be obliged to close your request.

 

Thank you in advance for your understanding

 

Kind regards

 

Access to Documents Team

[1]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/images/ec-logo...
European Commission
DG TRADE

 

 

From: TRADE ACCES DOCUMENTS
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2018 1:05 PM
To: '[FOI #5460 email]'
Cc: TRADE ACCES DOCUMENTS
Subject: Your access to documents request GETSDEM 2018/2268- request for
clarification

 

Dear Mr Gheyle,

 

We refer to your request for access to documents, registered on 24/04/2018
under reference number GestDem 2018/2268.

 

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 which you seek to obtain, such as
type of documents, references, dates or periods during which the documents
would have been produced, persons or bodies who drafted the documents etc…

 

The 15 working days the time limit for handling your application will
start running when we receive the requested clarifications.

 

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

Yours faithfully,

Access to Documents Team

[2]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/images/ec-logo...
European Commission
DG TRADE

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Gheyle,

 

We refer to our emails of 27 April and 22 May 2018, in which we invited
you to provide us with more detailed information on the documents you seek
to obtain in your request GestDem 2018/2268.

 

As we have not received the requested clarifications, we inform you that
your request has been closed.

 

You may always introduce a new request under Regulation 1049/2001,
providing more detailed information on the documents you seek to obtain.
You can do it at the following link:
[1]https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc....

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Access to Documents Team

[2]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/images/ec-logo...
European Commission
Directorate-General for Trade

[3][email address

 

 

From: TRADE ACCES DOCUMENTS
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:01 PM
To: '[FOI #5460 email]'
Cc: TRADE ACCES DOCUMENTS <[email address]>
Subject: Your access to documents request GETSDEM 2018/2268- request for
clarification

 

Dear Mr Gheyle,

 

We refer to the communication we sent to your attention on 27 April 2018
where we requested a clarification of your request. Unfortunately, we have
not received any answer from you by far. Therefore, we would like to
kindly ask you to send us the  requested clarification by Friday
25/05/2018. In case, we do not receive any answer from you by that date we
will be obliged to close your request.

 

Thank you in advance for your understanding

 

Kind regards

 

Access to Documents Team

[4]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/images/ec-logo...
European Commission
DG TRADE

 

 

From: TRADE ACCES DOCUMENTS
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2018 1:05 PM
To: '[FOI #5460 email]'
Cc: TRADE ACCES DOCUMENTS
Subject: Your access to documents request GETSDEM 2018/2268- request for
clarification

 

Dear Mr Gheyle,

 

We refer to your request for access to documents, registered on 24/04/2018
under reference number GestDem 2018/2268.

 

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 which you seek to obtain, such as
type of documents, references, dates or periods during which the documents
would have been produced, persons or bodies who drafted the documents etc…

 

The 15 working days the time limit for handling your application will
start running when we receive the requested clarifications.

 

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

Yours faithfully,

Access to Documents Team

[5]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/images/ec-logo...
European Commission
DG TRADE

 

 

 

 

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From: Niels Gheyle

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Dear Communication,

For research purposes, I would like to restate my request for documents that relate to the establishment (and now apparent withdrawal) of the website/portal "Let's Talk Trade". Note: this website is currently no longer running, with a domain name no longer owned by the Commission, and seems to contain explicit images by an external owner. This may be harmful for citizens that potentially click on the website link, which is still possible through search engines like Google.

Both the establishment and the apparent withdrawal of this portal is the focus of my attention. However, I am not in the position to be able to perfectly locate which documents I would like to request. I can only observe that a website/portal with the name "Let's Talk Trade" has been established in the period 2016-2017. This is referred to, for example, in the Communication by the Commission to the Council, European Parliament and EESC on 13 September 2017: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/20...

On page 12 it is argued: "The Commission also publishes fact sheets, statistics and a wealth of other information online and via social media to encourage a well-informed, fact-based policy debate – including the dedicated portals “Let’s Talk Trade” or interactive maps of companies across the EU that export to our trading partners (“CETA in Your Town”)."

As an external observer, I therefore presume that or DG Trade, or DG Communication, or both, have been involved in the process of identifying the need for such a portal, the decision to establish it in the way it was, the decisions and thought-process of what to include on such a portal, and the apparent decision to withdraw it from the internet.

In sum, the documents I am requesting have a clear starting topic ("Let's talk trade"), a probable institutional location (DG Trade and DG Communication) and a time period (2016-2019).

I therefore hope that - as a citizen - I have no more means nor information to identify the location of these documents, and rely on the help of this service to exercise my rights for information.

Yours faithfully,

Niels Gheyle

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Dear Mr. Gheyle,

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,

 

Access to Documents Team

European Commission
DG TRADE

 

 

 

 

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From: Niels Gheyle

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Dear Communication,

A few posts above, I have already clarified this. It is Frederik Burvenichstraat 2a (4.02), 9000 Ghent, Belgium.

Yours faithfully,

Niels Gheyle

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Dear Mr Gheyle,
 
We have received your address via DG Communication.
 
We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents,
which was registered on 12 April 2019 under reference number GestDem
2019/2303.
 
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 10
May 2019. 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 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.org website
is responsible and accountable for the processing of your personal data
via that website, and not the European Commission. For further information
on your rights, please refer to the third party’s privacy policy.
 
We understand that the third party running that website usually publishes
the content of applicants’ correspondence with the European Commission on
that website. This includes the personal data that you may have
communicated to the European 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 your correspondence with the European Commission to be
published on the AsktheEU.org website, you can provide us with an
alternative, private e-mail address for further correspondence. In that
case, the European Commission will send all future electronic
correspondence addressed to you only to that private address.
Yours sincerely,
Access to Documents Team
European Commission
DG TRADE
 
 

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From: Niels Gheyle

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Dear Communication,

Hereby I would kindly make you aware of the fact that I have not received an answer to my question within the foreseen time period, which is granted to me by law.

Yours faithfully,

Niels Gheyle

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Dear Mr Gheyle,
 
We refer to your request for access to documents registered on 12/04/2019
under the reference number GestDem 2019/2303.
 
Your application is currently being handled. However, due to its nature,
numerous searches and consultation should be made, therefore, we will not
be in a position to complete the handling of your application within the
time limit of 15 working days, which has just expired.
 
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 04/06/2019.
 
Additionally, we would like to inform you that the majority of documents
published before on the Let’s talk trade page are still accessible on line
and can be accessed via the following links:
[1]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countri...
[2]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countri...
[3]http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/i...
[4]http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focu...
[5]http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/i...
 
Finally, after careful examination of your request and some searches and
consultations made, the scope of your request is still not clear for us
and we are not able to efficiently identify documents which could
correspond.
 
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 which you seek to obtain,  or type
of information you are looking for. You have declared that you need the
requested documents for your research purposes so could you please provide
us more detailed explanation on the subject of your research. In this way,
probably it would be easier for us to find documents including data you
are searching for.
In accordance with Article 2, third paragraph of the Implementing Rules to
Regulation 1049/2001[^[1]              Official Journal L 345 of
29.12.2001, p. 94.1], the 15 working days time limit for handling your
application will start running when we receive the requested
clarifications.
Thank you in advance for your understanding.
Yours faithfully,
 
Yours sincerely,
Access to Documents Team
European Commission
Directorate-General for Trade
[6][email address]
 
 
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From: TRADE ACCES DOCUMENTS <[email address]>
Sent: Friday, April 12, 2019 4:42 PM
To: '[FOI #5460 email]'
<[FOI #5460 email]>
Cc: TRADE ACCES DOCUMENTS <[email address]>
Subject: FW: Your access to documents request Gestdem 2019/2303
 
 
Dear Mr Gheyle,
 
We have received your address via DG Communication.
 
We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents,
which was registered on 12 April 2019 under reference number GestDem
2019/2303.
 
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 10
May 2019. 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 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.org website
is responsible and accountable for the processing of your personal data
via that website, and not the European Commission. For further information
on your rights, please refer to the third party’s privacy policy.
 
We understand that the third party running that website usually publishes
the content of applicants’ correspondence with the European Commission on
that website. This includes the personal data that you may have
communicated to the European 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 your correspondence with the European Commission to be
published on the AsktheEU.org website, you can provide us with an
alternative, private e-mail address for further correspondence. In that
case, the European Commission will send all future electronic
correspondence addressed to you only to that private address.
Yours sincerely,
Access to Documents Team
European Commission
DG TRADE
 
 

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