Martin Selmayr contacts with car lobbyists & German Transport Ministry

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Dear Madams & Sirs at the Secretariat General,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting the following documents:

1) all reports (and other notes) from meetings between Martin Selmayr (now Secretary General, before Head of Cabinet of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker) and representatives of the car industry (so representatives of individual companies and car industry federations), since 1 January 2017;

2) all correspondence (including emails) between Martin Selmayr and representatives of the car industry since 1 January 2017;

3) all reports (and other notes) from meetings between Martin Selmayr and the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (including its former Minister, Alexander Dobrindt), since 1 January 2017;

4) all correspondence (including emails) between Martin Selmayr and the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (including its former Minister, Alexander Dobrindt), since 1 January 2017.

Under the Code of Good Administrative Behaviour, I would also like to request a list of all the above-mentioned documents (including dates, names of participants/senders/recipients and their affiliation, subject of meeting/correspondence).

Yours faithfully,

Pia Eberhardt
CEO
Rue d'Edimbourg 26
1050 Bruxelles
Belgium

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Dear Madam,

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 29/03/2018.  We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
03/04/2018 under reference number GESTDEM 2018/1904. 

 

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
24/04/2018.

 

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

 

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the European Union. Therefore the European Commission cannot be held
accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to the use of this
system.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (GD)

 

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Dear Madams & Sirs,
the deadline for this request just passed (24/04/2018), but I haven't had a response yet.
Could you please inform me about when I can expect the requested information?

Yours sincerely,

Pia Eberhardt

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Dear Madams & Sirs,

there must have been a mistake with my request 2018/1904, which I sent via the asktheeu website.

While I did receive an acknowledgement of receipt for the request on 3 April, I did not hear anything since then, even though the deadline for my request passed on 24 April. When I asked for an update of the request on 26 April, I received an error response.

I hope that you will receive the message this time and that you can let me know when I can expect the requested documents.

Yours faithfully,

Pia Eberhardt

Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Madam,

Thank you for your email.

Please be informed that a request for clarification has been sent to you on 23/04/2018 concerning your initial request for access to documents - Gestdem 2018/1904 (see attach.).

Kind regards,

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

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Dear Carlos Remis,

thank you for getting back to me and for re-sending the letter.

Allow me to specify the term "representatives of the car industry (so representatives of individual companies and car industry federations)". With this I mean representatives of car companies such as Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW, Ford, Volvo and Toyota and industry associations such as the German Association of the Automotive Industry (Verband der Automobilindustrie - VDA) and the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

Allow me also to further specify the subject matter of the meetings and correspondence to the Dieselgate/ emission cheating software affair, CO2 targets for cars, and EU air quality standards.

The timeframe I have mentioned in my request remains the same: 1 January 2017 until the date of my request.

Yours faithfully,

Pia Eberhardt

Dear Madams and Sirs,

could you please update me on the status of this request?

I haven't heard anything from you since I clarified the request on 2 May. I reckon that the deadline for responding to the request has now long passed. I would appreciate if you could inform me about when I can expect an answer.

Yours faithfully,

Pia Eberhardt

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Veuillez trouver ci-joint le document Ares(2018)2876689 concernant "Reply to your accress to documents request GestDem No. 2018/1904" envoyé par M. HAAG Marcel le 01/06/2018.

Please find attached document Ares(2018)2876689 regarding "Reply to your accress to documents request GestDem No. 2018/1904" sent by Mr HAAG Marcel on 01/06/2018.

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Dear Madams and Sirs,

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 'Martin Selmayr contacts with car lobbyists & German Transport Ministry' (GestDem No. 2018/1904).

On 29 March 2018, I requested the following documents:

"1) all reports (and other notes) from meetings between Martin Selmayr (now Secretary General, before Head of Cabinet of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker) and representatives of the car industry (so representatives of individual companies and car industry federations), since 1 January 2017;
2) all correspondence (including emails) between Martin Selmayr and representatives of the car industry since 1 January 2017;
3) all reports (and other notes) from meetings between Martin Selmayr and the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (including its former Minister, Alexander Dobrindt), since 1 January 2017;
4) all correspondence (including emails) between Martin Selmayr and the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (including its former Minister, Alexander Dobrindt), since 1 January 2017."

Under the Code of Good Administrative Behaviour, I also requested a list of all the above-mentioned documents (including dates, names of participants/senders/recipients and their affiliation, subject of meeting/correspondence).

After technical problems with the asktheeu site, I sent additional clarifications to point 1) and 2) of my request on 2 May 2018, when it was - finally - officially registered.

On 1 June 2018 I received a response, which, unfortunately, only addressed point 1) and 2) of my request. The response letter neither said that the documents requested in point 3) and 4) did not exist nor were they released as part of the response to the request.

I find it very hard to believe that there were no contacts between Martin Selmayr and the German Ministry of Transport in the whole of 2017 and would therefore like to ask you to reconsider point 3) and 4) of my request.

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

Yours faithfully,

Pia Eberhardt

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[5]Ares(2018)3254695 - Your confirmatory application - Gestdem 2018/1904 -
Martin Selmayr contacts with car lobbyists & German Transport Ministry

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Dear Madam,

Thank you for your email dated 15/06/2018 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 application GESTDEM
2018/1904.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 20/06/2018 (Ares(2018)3254362).

Your application will be handled within 15 working days (11/07/2018).  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.  We kindly offer you the possibility to provide us a contact
phone number (by email to [6][email address]), 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 (GD)

 

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European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG B.4 – Transparency

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Dear Ms Eberhardt,

 

I refer to your email of 15 June 2018, registered on 20 June 2018, 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 (‘Regulation 1049/2001’).

 

Your confirmatory application is currently being handled. Unfortunately,
due to ongoing consultations, we are not in a position to reply to your
confirmatory request within the prescribed time limit that expires on 11
July 2018.

 

Consequently, we have to extend this period by another 15 working days in
accordance with Article 8(2) of Regulation 1049/2001.

The new deadline for your application expires on 1 August 2018.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Martine Fouwels

Deputy Head of Unit

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European Commission

Secretariat General

Unit B4 (Transparency)

 

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Dear Ms Eberhardt,

 

I refer to your email of 15 June 2018, registered on 20 June 2018, 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 (‘Regulation 1049/2001’).

 

I also refer to our holding reply of 11 July 2018, by which the time limit
for replying to your confirmatory request was extended by 15 working days
pursuant to Article 8(2) of the above-mentioned Regulation. This extended
time limit expires on 1 August 2018.

 

I regret to have to inform you that we will not be able to respond within
the extended time-limit, as the formal decision-making process is still
ongoing.

 

I can assure you that we are doing our utmost 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,

 

 

Martine Fouwels

Deputy Head of Unit

 

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[5]Ares(2018)4177935 - Confirmatory decision taken on your request for
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Dear Madam,

 

Please find attached an advance information copy of the confirmatory
decision taken on your request for access to documents registered under
Gestdem number 2018/1904, adopted on 08/08/2018 in the above-mentioned
case.

 

Please note that the Secretariat General of the European Commission will
proceed with the formal notification of the decision in the coming days.

 

This advance copy is solely sent for your information and is not the
formal notification of the confirmatory decision.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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

 

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