Dear Research and Innovation,
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:
Following up on the rejection of this request:
which speaks of Mr Smits' "broad engagement with key stakeholders in spring 2018"
I request the full list of these stakeholders, who engaged in consultation on Open Access transformation, in general as well as specifically on Plan S.
Ares(2019)1059779 - RE: access to documents request - List of
Stakeholders engaged by Robert-Jan Smits in preparation for Plan S in
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Dear Mr Schneider,
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Political Strategy Center (EPSC); as you might know, Mr Robert-Jan Smits
left DG RTD in February 2018.
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Dear EC ARES NOREPLY,
thank you for confirming my FOI request.
I actually very much appreciate AskTheEU website, because it allows easy submission of FOI requests and documents the replies, so nobody can claim I made those up, like your own Mr Smits did, in public.
I do not mind my private address being published, because it is available on my site anyway, following German law of legal accountability for slander, and also so I can prove you actually received my postal address. You remember like last time you kept losing and not receiving it?
I now look forward to several delays, my address being lost again, and then eventually told that the information I asked for is secret because it is about Open Access.
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Dear Research and Innovation,
I would appreciate a reply to my inquiry. You made an earlier decision to reject my other inquiry (about RJ Smits-Frontiers interactions), based on your studying the list of stakeholders which I now requested. It cannot be that time-consuming to find that list again.