Dear European Central Bank,

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:

For the period between 1 January 2019 to date,
- a list of all meetings held by the ECB with the following representatives: BlackRock, IIF, AFME, EFAMA, ISDA, MFA, ICI and ICMA
- all minutes and other reports of these meetings;
- all correspondence, including attachments (including, but not limited to, emails, letters, and/or telephone call notes), between the ECB and any of the organisations mentioned above; and
- all documents prepared for the purpose of these meetings and/or exchanged during the course of these meetings.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any doubts or question in regards to this request.

Thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke
rue du Bronze 9
1070 Bruxelles

Access to documents,

Dear Ms Verheecke,

 

Thank you for your request of 14 April 2021, received on the same day, for
access to European Central Bank (ECB) documents.

 

Having carefully looked at your application, we note that it is wide in
scope. As such, in order to allow the ECB to assess your request within
the time limits established by [1]Decision ECB/2004/3 on public access to
ECB documents, and in accordance with article 6.3 of this Decision, the
ECB might break down your request into smaller batches. We will get back
to you with more information as soon as possible on how we propose to
handle your request.

 

We trust this approach is agreeable to you and we will keep you informed
on the progress of your dossier.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Compliance and Governance Office

DG Secretariat

European Central Bank

Sonnemannstrasse 20

60314 Frankfurt am Main

[2][email address]

 

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Dear Access to documents,

Thank you very much for your reply.
I understand the request is wide in scope.
I would however appreciate if you could please send me the list of meetings as soon as possible.
Yours sincerely,

Lora Verheecke

Access to documents,

Dear Mr Verheecke,

We refer to your request of 14 April 2021 for access to European Central Bank (ECB) documents.

We regret to inform you that, owing to the increased workload created by a high number of simultaneous requests the ECB has not yet been able to conclude the internal assessment process and the detailed analysis of all legal aspects related to the possible disclosure of the requested documents. In accordance with article 7.3 of Decision ECB/2004/3, the ECB has decided to extend the time-limit for responding to your application by 20 working days.

Besides, as regards the list of “of all meetings held by the ECB with the following representatives: BlackRock, IIF, AFME, EFAMA, ISDA, MFA, ICI and ICMA” between 1 January 2019 and 14 April 2021, we would like to clarify that in order to process your request we need to first identify the relevant documents which may be stored in different repositories and can only be identified according to their categorisation.

The ECB is currently checking the various sources of information in order to retrieve and, where applicable, extract and assess the relevant documentation.

Yours sincerely,

Compliance and Governance Office
DG Secretariat
European Central Bank
Sonnemannstrasse 20
60314 Frankfurt am Main
[email address]

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Dear Access to documents,

Thank you for this update.

Yours sincerely,

Lora Verheecke

Access to documents,

Dear Mr Verheecke,

 

We refer to our email of 12 May 2021, whereby we extended the deadline for
reply to your request of 14 April 2021 for access to European Central Bank
(ECB) documents.

 

We regret to inform you that, owing to the constraints created by the
COVID-19 pandemic, the obligatory consultation of the relevant
stakeholders is taking longer than would be the case under normal working
conditions. As such the ECB has not been able to conclude the internal
assessment process for the possible disclosure of the requested documents
within the time limit laid down in the [1]Decision ECB/2004/3 for access
to ECB documents.

 

Please rest assured that we are looking into it and will reply within the
shortest possible delay.

 

We apologise for the inconvenience this delay may cause.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Compliance and Governance Office

DG Secretariat

European Central Bank

Sonnemannstrasse 20

60314 Frankfurt am Main

[2][email address]

 

________________________________________

From: Lora Verheecke

Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 11:38:15 AM (UTC+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin,
Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna

To: Access to documents

Subject: [EXT] RE: Re: Extension of deadline for reply - Acknowledgement
of receipt of your request for access to documents of the European Central
Bank - Meetings with BlackRock and lobby organisations

 

Dear Access to documents,

 

 

 

Thank you for this update.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Lora Verheecke

 

 

 

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Dear Access to documents,

Thank you very much for the update.

Yours sincerely,

Lora Verheecke

Access to documents,

1 Attachment

Dear Ms Verheecke,

 

Please find attached the ECB’s reply to your request for access to ECB
documents.

Please note that in view of the number and size of the disclosed
documents, we will send the attachments by courier to the address you
kindly provided us with (please let us know in case this is no longer
valid):

 

Ms Lora Verheecke

Rue du Bronze 9

1070 Bruxelles

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Compliance and Governance Office

DG Secretariat

European Central Bank

Sonnemannstrasse 20

60314 Frankfurt am Main

[1][email address]

 

 

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Dear Access to documents,

Thank you very much.
I am looking forward to receiving the attachments by courier.
The address you mention is still valid.
Yours sincerely,

Lora Verheecke