Meetings & correspondence with pharmaceutical representatives on the TRIPS waiver

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Sarah Anne Aarup

Dear Secretary General,

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:

(i) a list of meetings attended by President Ursula von der Leyen or her team (including her cabinet and related staff) with representatives of Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, GSK, Sanofi, or Merck since 1 September 2020.

(ii) minutes and any other records of these meetings;

(iii) all correspondence (including emails) between President von der Leyen or her team (including her cabinet and related staff) and representatives of Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, GSK, Sanofi, or Merck since 1 September 2020 regarding intellectual property, patents, or the proposed TRIPS waiver at the WTO. Please include all correspondence in which these topics are mentioned, even if they are not the main topic of the correspondence.

Yours faithfully,
Sarah Anne Aarup

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, Secretariat General of the European Commission

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your request for access to documents.

Unfortunately, you have not indicated your postal address. This is necessary 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.

Alternatively, you may use directly the electronic form available on the Europa website:

]http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/....

Yours faithfully,

Access to documents team (cr)
SG.C.1
Transparency

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Sarah Anne Aarup

Dear Secretariat General Team,

My postal address is POLITICO, Rue de la Loi 62, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

Yours sincerely,
Sarah Anne Aarup

SG ACCES DOCUMENTS, Secretariat General of the European Commission

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail of 29/07/2022. We hereby acknowledge receipt of
your application for access to documents, which was registered on
29/07/2022 under reference number GESTDEM 2022/4369.

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Yours faithfully,

Access to documents team (cr)
SG.C.1
Transparency

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    GESTDEM 2022 4369 Reply partial access personal data redacted finalv1.pdf

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    Ares 2021 3403887 Letter from Merck on waiving IP rights email Redacted.pdf

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