Meetings with Shell, BP, Total, ENI, Repsol, Galp and Equinor

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Environment should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Environment,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting for the period between 30 November 2015 to date, a list of all meetings held by DG Environment with the following representatives: Shell, BP, Total, ENI, Repsol, Galp and Equinor.
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


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[4]GESTDEM 2021/4883 - acknowledgement of receipt - access to documents
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Dear Madam,


Thank you for your e-mail of 22 July 2021. We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 4
August 2021 under reference number GESTDEM 2021/4883.


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 25
August 2021. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.


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Yours faithfully,

Access to Documents Team



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Dear Ms Verheecke,

Please find attached a reply to your above-mentioned access to documents request.

Kind regards,

European Commission
Unit B.2 – Sustainable Chemicals

Dear Environment,

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request 'Meetings with Shell, BP, Total, ENI, Repsol, Galp and Equinor'.

The refusal is based on the presumption that the DG does not hold a list of all the meetings between DG Environment and representatives of the 7 companies afore mentioned.

My arguments in favour of disclosure are the following:

I see an overriding public interest in disclosure of the requested information as the meetings were all directly or indirectly related to climate action, an issue which affects all EU citizens and who is at the center of the EU's Green Deal, its flagship policy. The public should have the right to know how major decisions are taken on such a topic.

Furthermore, Regulation 1049/2001 states that "the institutions shall develop good administrative practices in order to facilitate the exercise of the right of access guaranteed by this Regulation". The DG should have kept records of all its meetings with external stakeholders. It is of good administrative practice to keep a record of all external meetings. I am only requesting a list of all those meetings.

Finally, please note that other DGs, such as DG GROW, have been able to answer quickly to this exact same document request.

A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

Lora Verheecke


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Dear Madam,


Thank you for your email dated 13/09/2021 by which you request, pursuant
to Regulation No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament,
Council and Commission documents, a review of the position taken by DG ENV
in reply to your initial application GESTDEM 2021/4883.


We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 13/09/2021 (Ares(2021)5609978).


Your application will be handled within 15 working days (04/10/2021). In
case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due


Please be informed that the answer to your confirmatory application is a
formal Commission decision that will be notified to you by express
delivery. Thank you for providing your contact phone number, so that the
external delivery service can contact you in case of absence.


Please note that the Commission will not use your phone number for any
other purpose than for informing the delivery service, and that it will
delete it immediately thereafter.


Yours faithfully,








European Commission


SG.C1 (Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents)

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