Meetings between EEAS and DG JUST and DG FISMA on high-risk third countries list

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Dear European External Action Service,

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:

1) A list of meetings that took place between 1 January 2018 and 15 July 2021 between the EEAS and DG JUST and the EEAS and DG FISMA on the issue of the risk assessments carried out to identify high-risk third countries in the context of the EU’s anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) rules, and specifically those meetings in which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were mentioned and/or discussed in this context;

2) Agendas, minutes, reports and other documentation of these meetings;

3) All correspondence between the EEAS and DG JUST and between the EEAS and DG FISMA that took place between 1 January 2018 and 15 July 2021 related to the risk assessments carried out to identify high-risk third countries in the context of the EU’s anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) rules and/or related to the identification and listing of high-risk third countries, specifically those meetings in which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were mentioned and/or discussed in this context. This could include but is not limited to, e-mails, text messages, basis documents, memos or drafts.

This request extends to any information that the EEAS holds in relation any of the above points, including information that may have been deemed short-lived or unimportant.

Please allow me to thank you in advance for your efforts.

Yours faithfully,

Esther Bijl
Droit au Droit
Brussels

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS, European External Action Service

Dear Mrs Bijl,

This message is an acknowledgement of receipt for your request for access to documents under Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (which the EEAS is also respecting).

Your request for access to document have been registered under reference number: 2021/123.
Please refer to these number in any further correspondence.

In accordance with the Regulation, you will receive a reply within 15 working days.

Yours sincerely,

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS (SBR)
[EEAS request email]
SG.AFFGEN.2 – Parliamentary Affairs

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EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS, European External Action Service

Dear Mrs Bijl,

This message is an acknowledgement of receipt for your request for access to documents under Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (which the EEAS is also respecting).

Your request for access to document have been registered under reference number: 2021/123.
Please refer to these number in any further correspondence.

In accordance with the Regulation, you will receive a reply within 15 working days.

Yours sincerely,

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS (SBR)
[EEAS request email]
SG.AFFGEN.2 – Parliamentary Affairs

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EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS, European External Action Service

Dear Ms Bijl,

Your applications are currently being handled. However, we are not in a position to complete the handling of your applications within the time limit of 15 working days.
We therefore, exceptionally, need to extend the deadline for reply by an additional 15 working days.

Thank you for your understanding,
Yours sincerely,

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS (AD)
[EEAS request email]
SG.AFFGEN.2 – Parliamentary Affairs

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EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS, European External Action Service

Dear Ms Bijl,

Your application is currently being handled. However, we are not in a position to complete the handling of your application within the time limit, due to special circumstances [article 7(3) and 8(2) of the Regulation] – force majeure - current working arrangements due to the pandemics.

We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause. We will make every effort to process your request as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your understanding,
Yours sincerely,

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS (AD)
[EEAS request email]
SG.AFFGEN.2 – Parliamentary Affairs