Margarida da Silva

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

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:

- a list of lobby meetings held by the Secretariat with Facebook or its intermediaries. The list should include: date, individuals attending + organisational affiliation, the issues discussed;
- minutes and other reports of these meetings;
- all correspondence (i.e. any emails, correspondence or telephone call notes) between the Secretariat and Facebook or any intermediaries representing its interests.

Yours faithfully,
Margarida da Silva
CEO
Rue d'Edimbourg 26
Bruxelles

EC ARES NOREPLY,

[1]Ares(2018)2230537 - RE: access to documents request - Meetings with
Facebook

Sent by ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[DG SG request email]>. All responses have
to be sent to this email address.
Envoyé par ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[DG SG request email]>. Toutes les
réponses doivent être effectuées à cette adresse électronique.

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 25/04/2018.  We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
26/04/2018 under reference number GestDem 2018/2330.

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
24/05/2018. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.

You have lodged your application via the AsktheEU.org website. Please note
that this is a private 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 also that the European Commission is not responsible for any
possible processing of personal data by the private organisation running
the AsktheEU.org website, through which you have channelled your request.
Please refer to their privacy policy.

Yours faithfully,

Carlos Remis
SG.B.4
Transparence
Berl. 05/315

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Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Ms. Da Silva,
 
Please find attached a note regarding your request to access Commission
documents.
 
Best regards,
 
 
Aurélie Therace
 
European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC)
Unit Resources and Management
European Commission
BERL 11/108
+32 2 2964925
 
 
 
 

EC ARES NOREPLY,

Link: [1]File-List
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[4]Ares(2018)2449487 - Your application for access to documents - Ref
GestDem No 2018/2330

Sent by HARNING Ebba (SG) <[email address]>. All responses have
to be sent to this email address.
Envoyé par HARNING Ebba (SG) <[email address]>. Toutes les
réponses doivent être effectuées à cette adresse électronique.

Dear Ms. Da Silva,

 

We refer to your email dated 25/04/2018 and registered on the same date
under the above mentioned reference number, in which you request access
to:

“- a list of lobby meetings held by the Secretariat with Facebook or its
intermediaries. The list should include: date, individuals attending +
organisational affiliation, the issues discussed.

 - minutes and other reports of these meetings;

 - all correspondence (i.e. any emails, correspondence or telephone call
notes) between the Secretariat and Facebook or any intermediaries
representing its interests.”

 

The description given in your application does not enable us to identify
concrete documents which would correspond to your request. We therefore
invite you, pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001
regarding public access to documents, to provide us with more detailed
information on the following aspects of your request:

·         the timeframe (dates or periods during which documents would
have been produced)

·         the subject matter(s) of the meetings and correspondence

·         the type of people or legal entities which you consider covered
by the term “intermediaries”

We kindly ask you to reply by email to: [5][email address]

The 15 working days time limit for handling your application will start
running when we receive the requested clarifications.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Yours faithfully,

Unit SG.E2

 

 

 

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5. mailto:[email address]

Margarida da Silva

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Thank you for your reply. As to the clarifications requested:
- I am interested in documents from the 1st of November of 2014 onward.
- I am not able to specify the subject matters covered as the information on these meetings and interactions is not public.
- By intermediaries I refer to anyone explicitly representing or speaking on behalf of Facebook: that would include lobby consultancies, law firms, public affairs and communication companies, trade associations or membership associations.

Yours faithfully,

Margarida da Silva

EC ARES NOREPLY,

Link: [1]File-List
Link: [2]themeData
Link: [3]colorSchemeMapping

[4]Ares(2018)3691667 - RE: Ares(2018)2449487 - request for more detailed
information - your application for access to documents - Ref GestDem No
2018/2330

Sent by ve_sg.dsg2.e2 (SG) <[email address]>. All responses have to be
sent to this email address.
Envoyé par ve_sg.dsg2.e2 (SG) <[email address]>. Toutes les réponses
doivent être effectuées à cette adresse électronique.

Dear Ms. Da Silva,

 

We hereby would like to remind you of the request for more detailed
information regarding your request for access to documents that we sent to
you on 8 May 2018.

 

Please be informed that we will consider the request closed in the absence
of a reply from you within five days.

 

Yours faithfully,

Unit SG.E2

 

 

From: EC ARES NOREPLY [mailto:[email address]]
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 10:07 PM
To: Margarida da Silva <[FOI #5503 email]>
Cc: SG E2
Subject: Ares(2018)2449487 - Your application for access to documents -
Ref GestDem No 2018/2330

 

[5]Ares(2018)2449487 - Your application for access to documents - Ref
GestDem No 2018/2330

 

Sent by HARNING Ebba (SG) <[email address]>. All responses have
to be sent to this email address.

Envoyé par HARNING Ebba (SG) <[email address]>. Toutes les
réponses doivent être effectuées à cette adresse électronique.

 

Dear Ms. Da Silva,

 

We refer to your email dated 25/04/2018 and registered on the same date
under the above mentioned reference number, in which you request access
to:

“- a list of lobby meetings held by the Secretariat with Facebook or its
intermediaries. The list should include: date, individuals attending +
organisational affiliation, the issues discussed.

 - minutes and other reports of these meetings;

 - all correspondence (i.e. any emails, correspondence or telephone call
notes) between the Secretariat and Facebook or any intermediaries
representing its interests.”

 

The description given in your application does not enable us to identify
concrete documents which would correspond to your request. We therefore
invite you, pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001
regarding public access to documents, to provide us with more detailed
information on the following aspects of your request:

·         the timeframe (dates or periods during which documents would
have been produced)

·         the subject matter(s) of the meetings and correspondence

·         the type of people or legal entities which you consider covered
by the term “intermediaries”

We kindly ask you to reply by email to: [6][email address]

The 15 working days time limit for handling your application will start
running when we receive the requested clarifications.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Yours faithfully,

Unit SG.E2

 

 

 

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5. https://webgate.ec.testa.eu/Ares/ext/doc...
6. mailto:[email address]

Margarida da Silva

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

I am surprised by your email as I have already answered your questions back on the 18th of May.

I am resending it here:
Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

"Thank you for your reply. As to the clarifications requested:
- I am interested in documents from the 1st of November of 2014 onward.
- I am not able to specify the subject matters covered as the information on these meetings and interactions is not public.
- By intermediaries I refer to anyone explicitly representing or speaking on behalf of Facebook: that would include lobby consultancies, law firms, public affairs and communication companies, trade associations or membership associations."

Yours faithfully,

Margarida da Silva

Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Ms. Da Silva,

 

We follow up on your email sent to Secretariat General regarding your
request to access Commission documents. The email you seem to have
forwarded to SG was our request for clarifications on the timeframe, and
you rightly point out that you replied to this on 18/05

 

On 11/06, following the clarifications you provided, we sent you a reply
to your request. We attach it again for the sake of convenience.

 

We hope this clarifies the matter.

 

Best regards,

 

Aurélie Therace

 

 

 

 

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Margarida da Silva

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Apologies, I am having a hard time tracking this request. I am unable to see email addresses via AskTheEU but as far as I can see I am addressing my communications to the Secretariat General of the European Commission.

I understand that I have already received the reply from the EPSC. But not yet from the Secretariat which has written to me asking clarification and saying it will close the request if I do not reply.

Could you please confirm that my clarifications have been received by the Secretariat?

Yours faithfully,

Margarida da Silva

Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Ms da Silva,

 

Indeed, due to technical issues with the asktheeu e-mail addresses getting
mixed up, your clarifications did not reach the responsible service in the
Secretariat-General. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience
this might cause.

 

We have forwarded your clarifications to the responsible service in the
Secretariat-General, who will take note of them and come back to you if
necessary.

 

Please be assured that we will do our utmost to provide you with a reply
as swiftly as possible.

 

Thank you for your understanding.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (GD)

 

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European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG B.4 – Transparency

[2][email address]

 

 

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Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Ms da Silva,

please find enclosed an advanced copy of our reply to your application for
access to documents with the reference number 2018/2330.

 

With kind regards,

 

Martina VYPLASILOVA
Administrative Assistant

 

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European Commission
Secretariat-General

E2: Knowledge and Infrastructure

 

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