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Guilherme Rodrigues

Dear Climate Action,

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 email correspondence, agendas, attendance lists, transcripts, recordings and notes) between 2005-present relating to any meetings between the European Commission and the following oil companies: Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, Total SE, BP or Chevron which had the EU Emissions Trading System as main topic of discussion.

I would like to make clear I would prefer the documents on a rolling basis, rather than waiting until the full response is ready.

I also would like to state that I would prefer the documents on an electronic format.

Looking forward to your reply within 15 business days, according to the regulation.

Thank you for your consideration.

Yours faithfully,

Guilherme Rodrigues

CLIMA-ACCESS-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Climate Action

Dear Mr Rodrigues,

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/...

Best regards,

Access to Documents team

European Commission
Directorate-General for Climate Action
Av. de Beaulieu 24
1049 Brussels

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CLIMA-ACCESS-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Climate Action

Dear Ms Balanya,

Thank you for email from 6 May 2021. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 10 May 2021 under reference number GESTDEM 2021/3067.

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 3 June 2021. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

You have lodged your application via a private third-party website, which has no link with any institution of the European Union. Therefore, the European Commission cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to the use of this system.

Please note that the private third party running the AsktheEU.org website is responsible and accountable for the processing of your personal data via that website, and not the Commission. For further information on your rights, please refer to the third party’s privacy policy.

We understand that the third party running the AsktheEU.org website usually publishes the content of applicants’ correspondence with the Commission on that website. This includes the personal data that you may have communicated to the Commission (e.g. your private postal address).

Similarly, the third party publishes on that website any reply that the Commission will send to the email address of the applicants generated by the AsktheEU.org website.

If you do not wish that your correspondence with the Commission is published on a private third-party website such as AsktheEU.org, you can provide us with an alternative, private e-mail address for further correspondence. In that case, the Commission will send all future electronic correspondence addressed to you only to that private address, and it will use only that private address to reply to your request. You should still remain responsible to inform the private third-party website about this change of how you wish to communicate with, and receive a reply from, the Commission.

For information on how we process your personal data visit our page Privacy statement – access to documents.

Yours faithfully,

Access to Documents team

European Commission
Directorate-General for Climate Action
Av. de Beaulieu 24
1049 Brussels

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Guilherme Rodrigues

Dear [email address],
As requested here is my full postal address so my request can be handled in line with the procedural requirements:

Zoutsteeg 20
1012LX
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Netherlands

Yours sincerely,

Guilherme Rodrigues

CLIMA-ACCESS-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Climate Action

Dear Mr Rodrigues,

Many thanks for your email.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 10 May 2021 under reference number GESTDEM 2021/3074.

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 3 June 2021. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

You have lodged your application via a private third-party website, which has no link with any institution of the European Union. Therefore, the European Commission cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to the use of this system.

Please note that the private third party running the AsktheEU.org website is responsible and accountable for the processing of your personal data via that website, and not the Commission. For further information on your rights, please refer to the third party’s privacy policy.

We understand that the third party running the AsktheEU.org website usually publishes the content of applicants’ correspondence with the Commission on that website. This includes the personal data that you may have communicated to the Commission (e.g. your private postal address).

Similarly, the third party publishes on that website any reply that the Commission will send to the email address of the applicants generated by the AsktheEU.org website.

If you do not wish that your correspondence with the Commission is published on a private third-party website such as AsktheEU.org, you can provide us with an alternative, private e-mail address for further correspondence. In that case, the Commission will send all future electronic correspondence addressed to you only to that private address, and it will use only that private address to reply to your request. You should still remain responsible to inform the private third-party website about this change of how you wish to communicate with, and receive a reply from, the Commission.

For information on how we process your personal data visit our page Privacy statement – access to documents.

Yours faithfully,

Access to Documents team

European Commission
Directorate-General for Climate Action
Av. de Beaulieu 24
1049 Brussels

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CLIMA-ACCESS-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Climate Action

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Dear Sir,

We refer to your e-mail of  4 May 2021 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 10 May 2021 under the above-mentioned
reference number.

Your application concerns a very broad time scope (2005-2021) and all
Services of the Commission. Such research and analysis cannot be carried
out within the normal time limits set out in Article 7 of Regulation (EC)
No 1049/2001.

However, Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 also provides for a
possibility to confer with an applicant informally with a view to finding
a fair solution when an application relates to a very long document or
concerns a very large number of documents.

 

In accordance with the case law of the EU Courts, such a solution can only
concern the content or the number of documents requested, not the deadline
for replying. This means that the scope of the request must be reduced in
a way that would enable its processing within the extended deadline of 15
+ 15 working days.

Based on the above-mentioned provision, we would kindly ask you whether
you could narrow down the scope of your application  (i.e. timeframe
covered or the Services involved), so as to reduce it to a more manageable
amount of documents. For example, we would like to propose that in view of
the fact that the EU Emissions Trading System is under the remit of the
Directorate General for Climate Action, you could accept to reduce the
scope of the application to documents held by this Directorate and the
Commissioners responsible for Climate Action.

In order to enable us to respect the time-limits of Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001, we would ask you for a swift reply to our invitation to propose
a fair solution, within five working days at the latest:

·         by e-mail to: [1][email address]

If you have any questions concerning the invitation, you can contact us:

·         by e-mail at: [2][email address]

In the absence of a reply within five working days, we will unilaterally
restrict the scope of your application to those parts that can be dealt
with within the extended deadline of 30 working days, counting from the
registration of your application 10 May 2021.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Yours faithfully,

Access to Documents team

 

    

European Commission

Directorate-General for Climate Action

Av. de Beaulieu 24

1049 Brussels

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Guilherme Rodrigues

Dear [email address],

Thank you for your reply. I understand my application concerned a very broad time scope and I hereby accept to narrow down the scope of the documents so the request can be handled within the time limit. Narrowing it down to documents held by the Directorate General for Climate Action and the Commissioners responsible for Climate Action (as you suggested) seems reasonable to me.

Yours sincerely,

Guilherme Rodrigues

CLIMA-ACCESS-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Climate Action

Dear Mr Rodrigues,

Many thanks for your quick reply and your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Access to Documents team

European Commission
Directorate-General for Climate Action
Av. de Beaulieu 24
1049 Brussels

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CLIMA-ACCESS-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Climate Action

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Dear Mr Rodrigues,

 

We refer to your request for access to documents dated 4 May 2021,
registered on 10 May 2021 under the above mentioned reference number.

 

We were not in a position to complete the handling of your application
within the time limit of 15 working days, which expired on 3 June 2021.

 

In accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding
public access to documents we have to extend the time limit by 15 working
days, the new deadline is set for 24 June 2021.

 

We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Sincerely,

 

Access to Documents team

 

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European Commission

Directorate-General for Climate Action

Av. de Beaulieu 24

1049 Brussels

 

 

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