Meeting between Telefonica and Michele Piergiovanni, Penelope Papandropoulos, Werner Stengg

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Dear Competition,

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 documentation (including but not limited to all email correspondence, attendance lists, agendas, background papers, transcripts, recordings and minutes/notes) relating to the meeting between Telefonica and Michele Piergiovanni, Penelope Papandropoulos, Werner Stengg on 21. 04. 2022.

Yours faithfully,

Tomas Rudl e.V.
Schönhauser Allee 6-7
10119 Berlin

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European Commission


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    Third party consultation pursuant to Regulation EC No 10492001 request for access to documents EASE 2022 5924.pdf

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    Minutes of meeting between Vestager Cabinet and Telefonica on 21 April 2022 EASE 5924.pdf

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    BASIS CAB VESTAGER 1017 Briefing TELEFONICA 21.04.2022 EASE 5924.pdf

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Dear  Sir,

Subject: Your application for access to documents – Ref EASE No 2022/5924

We refer to your e-mail of 17 October 2022 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 18 October 2022 under the above
mentioned reference number.

Please find attached a scan of the reply to your request for access to

You are kindly requested to reply to the present email acknowledging
receipt thereof.

Yours faithfully,

European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP)


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Dear Sir or Madam,

thank you for the documents.

However, I want to object to the redaction of the last paragraph/sentence of the minutes document. Considering how crucial the Commission's view of market mechanisms is in this debate, I think it's in the public's interest to disclose these arguments.

Yours sincerely,
Tomas Rudl, Competition

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Dear Mr. Rudl,


We acknowledge receipt of your email of 1 December 2022.


As already explained in our Director General's letter to you, the section
of the Internal Report you are referring to had to be redacted for the
following reason: pursuant to Article 4(3) of Regulation (EC) No.
1049/2001, access to the documents drawn up by the Commission shall be
refused if the disclosure of the documents would seriously undermine the
Commission's decision making process (e.g., about an ongoing transaction
which is the case of the redacted part of the Internal Report concerned).
The disclosure of such information would inevitably discourage companies
from providing this information in an open and detailed manner, which
risks seriously affecting, prolonging and complicating the ability of the
Commission to take into account such information for its policy-making and
enforcement activities. In view of the foregoing, that part of the
Internal Note has been redacted based on the exception related to the
protection of the Commission's decision-making process, set out in Article
4(3) of Regulation 1049/2001.


I hope this clarifies the Commission position.


Best regards,

European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP)
Unit C5 – Mergers: Information, Communication and Media


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