Dear DG Trade,

On behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), I would like to - under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties as developed in Regulation 1049/2001 - request access to the following documents:

- all reports (and other notes) from meetings between DG Trade and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry (companies as well as organisations such as EFPIA) from December 1st 2019 onwards. This should include the following companies: Bayer AG, Novartis International AG, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Amgen Inc, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Johnson & Johnson, SANOFI, Pfizer Inc., AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and Company, and MSD (Europe) Inc. (Merck Sharp & Dohme).

- all correspondence (including emails) between the DG Trade and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry (companies as well as organisations such as EFPIA) from December 1st 2019 onwards.

- a list of all the above-mentioned documents (including dates, names of participants/senders/recipients and their affiliation, subject of meeting/correspondence)

Yours faithfully,
Olivier Hoedeman

on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Rue d'Edimbourg 26,
1050 Brussels, Belgium

http://www.corporateeurope.org
Tel. +32 (0)2 893 0930
Mobile: +32 474 486545
EU Transparency Register ID Number: 5353162366-85

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,
 
Thank you for your e-mail of yesterday. We hereby acknowledge receipt of
your application for access to documents, which was registered today under
the above mentioned reference number. 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 5 March 2020. 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
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Yours sincerely,
Access to Documents Team
European Commission
DG TRADE
 

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,
 
We refer to your access to documents request registered under the above
mentioned reference number.
 
Your application is currently being handled. However, due to the heavy
workload of a high number of requests, we will not be in a position to
complete the handling of your application within the time limit of 15
working days.
 
Therefore, we have to extend the time limit with 15 working days in
accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding
public access to documents. The new time limit expires on 26/03/2020.
 
We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.
Yours sincerely,
Access to Documents Team
European Commission
DG TRADE
 
 

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Dear DG Trade,
this is to remind you of my access to documents request and your message of March 3rd extending the time limit with 15 working days (which would mean end of March). The corona crisis creates understandable delays, but as we are approaching the end of April, I would appreciate an update.

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,
 
There is indeed an unusual delay in the reply of your request. The
internal approval procedure has taken longer than usual.
 
I have reminded the person who needs to sign off, after that it is the
Director-General and her Office.
 
I will keep checking progress and send reminders to those who need to
sign.
 
Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused to you.
Yours sincerely,
Access to Documents Team
European Commission
DG TRADE
 

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Dear applicant,

Please find attached the reply to your request for access to documents, registered under reference GestDem 2020/0855

According to our standard operational procedure, the reply is usually also sent to you by registered post. Please note, however, that due to the extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during to the COVID-19 epidemics, which include the requirement for all Commission non-critical staff to telework, we are unfortunately not in a position to follow this procedure until further notice.

We would therefore appreciate if you could confirm receipt of the present e-mail by replying to [DG TRADE request email].

Best regards,

Kind regards,

Trade-G3-SEC
Administrative assistants to the Unit – G3