Meetings with US Officials on Farm to Fork

Clare Carlile made this access to documents request to Agriculture and Rural Development

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Dear Agriculture and Rural Development,

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:

On the topic of the Sustainable Productivity Growth Coalition, Aim4C, Farm to Fork or the Sustainable Use of Pesticides directive, all correspondence, including emails which mention, and any study, impact assessment, forecast, paper or other document received from any of the following individuals (listed below) during the previous 12 months. This includes inter-institutional correspondence, correspondence with Member States’ authorities and their Permanent Representations as well as correspondence with third parties.

AND

On the topic of Sustainable Productivity Growth Coalition, Aim4C, Farm to Fork or the Sustainable Use of Pesticides directive, all agendas and minutes of meetings; attendees of meetings; details of the locations of meetings; presentation slides used, and any other materials shared or used (e.g. briefings, leaflets), including in preparation and after the meetings took place, with any of the following individuals (listed below) during the previous 12 months.

Relevant individuals:
Tom Vilsack
Seth Meyer
Elise H. Golan
William Hohenstein
Kimberly Nesci
Dr. Jewel Bronaugh
Keith Fuglie
Mark Gitenstein
Kelly Adams-Smith
Ronald Gidwitz
Representatives of the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service EU

If this request is too broad, please do let me know. I would be open to advice on how to make this request workable for you within the given time period.

I would like to receive this information electronically.

I would like to make clear I prefer you produce the documents on a rolling basis. At no point should the Commission's search for—or deliberations concerning—certain documents delay the production of others that the Commission has already retrieved and elected to produce.

Should my request be denied wholly or partially, please explain the denial or all deletions referring to specific exemptions in the regulation. Also I would expect the partial release of documents in case of partial exemption according to article 4.6. I reserve the right to appeal.

My address is:
[ADDRESS REDACTED]
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[ADDRESS REDACTED]

Please confirm having received this application. I look forward to your reply within 15 business days, according to the regulation.

If anything is unclear or would benefit from further discussion please do not hesitate to contact me.

With thanks,
Clare Carlile

AGRI-ACCESS-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir or Madam,

We hereby acknowledge the receipt of your request for access to documents
sent on 10/10/2022 and registered on 17/10/2022 under the case number
2022/5893.

We will handle your request within 15 working days as of the date of
registration. The time-limit expires on 09/11/2022. We will let you know
if we need to extend this time limit for additional 15 working days.

To find more information on how we process your personal data, please see
[1]the privacy statement.

Yours faithfully,

Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development - Access to
Documents
European Commission

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AGRI-ACCESS-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Ms Carlile,

We refer to you request for access to documents sent on 10/10/2022 and
registered on 17/10/2022 under the case number 2022/5893.

All the documents requested by you relate to certain people and the
information included in those documenst are personal data, thus we would
like to kindly ask you to reformulate your request by referring to an
entity(legal person) rather than an individual.

Thank you for your reply!

Kind regards

AGRI access to documents team

Alla the documents

specAllifically requested by you

relate

to a certain person and the

information included in the requested documents is personal data, as this
information

cannot be disassociated from the natural person it concerns

Dear [email address],

Please find the reformulated request below.

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:

On the topic of the Sustainable Productivity Growth Coalition, Aim4C, Farm to Fork or the Sustainable Use of Pesticides directive, all correspondence, including emails which mention, and any study, impact assessment, forecast, paper or other document received from any of the following individuals (listed below) during the previous 12 months. This includes inter-institutional correspondence, correspondence with Member States’ authorities and their Permanent Representations as well as correspondence with third parties.

AND

On the topic of Sustainable Productivity Growth Coalition, Aim4C, Farm to Fork or the Sustainable Use of Pesticides directive, all agendas and minutes of meetings; attendees of meetings; details of the locations of meetings; presentation slides used, and any other materials shared or used (e.g. briefings, leaflets), including in preparation and after the meetings took place, with any of the following individuals (listed below) during the previous 12 months.

Relevant individuals:
US Secretary of Agriculture
USDA Chief Economist
Director for Sustainable Development for USDA
Director of Office of Energy and Environmental Policy in Office of the Chief Economist, USDA
Director of the Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP), USDA
US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
US Ambassador to the European Union
Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union

If this request is too broad, please do let me know. I would be open to advice on how to make this request workable for you within the given time period.

I would like to receive this information electronically.

I would like to make clear I prefer you produce the documents on a rolling basis. At no point should the Commission's search for—or deliberations concerning—certain documents delay the production of others that the Commission has already retrieved and elected to produce.

Should my request be denied wholly or partially, please explain the denial or all deletions referring to specific exemptions in the regulation. Also I would expect the partial release of documents in case of partial exemption according to article 4.6. I reserve the right to appeal.

Please confirm having received this application. I look forward to your reply within 15 business days, according to the regulation.

If anything is unclear or would benefit from further discussion please do not hesitate to contact me.

With thanks,
Clare Carlile

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AGRI-ACCESS-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Ms Carlile,

We are writing concerning your request for access to Commission documents
registered on 17/10/2022 under case number 2022/5893.

We are currently working on your request. However, we have not yet been
able to gather all the elements necessary to carry out a full analysis of
your request. We will not be able to send you the reply within the
prescribed time limit expiring on 09/11/2022.

An extended time limit is needed as (part of) the documents requested
originate from third parties, which have been consulted.

Therefore, in line with Article 7(3) of [1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001,
we need to extend this time limit by 15 additional working days.

The new time limit expires on 30/11/2022.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Kind regards,

AGRI ATD team

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Dear Agriculture and Rural Development,

Many thanks for letting me know, I look forward to receiving the information before 30 November. Can I just also confirm that you received my reformulated request, as per your requirements, dated 2 November?

Yours faithfully,

Clare Carlile

AGRI-ACCESS-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Agriculture and Rural Development

Dear Ms Carlile,

We will do our best to deliver you the reply on time.
Yes, we have received and accepted the reformulated request as the mentioned positions concern public figures acting in their public capacity.

Best regards!

AGRI ATD team

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Dear [email address],

Brilliant, many thanks for confirming.

Yours sincerely,

Clare Carlile

AGRI-ACCESS-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu,

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Dear Ms Carlile,

Please find attached a message concerning your request for access to
Commission documents registered under the above case number 2022/5893.

Could you please send us the acknowledgment of receipt.

Kind regards,

AGRI ATD team

Dear Agriculture and Rural Development,

Many thanks for your response, which is gratefully received.

Yours faithfully,

Clare Carlile