Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

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 all meetings held between DG CNECT and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, Robert Strayer, over the past year. The list should include the dates of the meetings, the individuals present, as well as the issues discussed.

- Detailed minutes of the above meetings.

- All correspondence (i.e. any emails, correspondence, telephone call notes, and/or text messages including WhatsApp exchanges) between DG CNECT (including the Commissioner and the Cabinet) and Mr. Strayer or a representative of his, over the past year.

Yours faithfully,
Samuel Stolton
EURACTIV Brussels
International Press Centre
Boulevard Charlemagne 1, 1041 Bruxelles

Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Your message has been received by the Transparency Unit of the
Secretariat-General of the European Commission.
Requests for public access to documents are treated on the basis of
[1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.
The Secretariat-General will reply to your request within 15 working days
upon registration of your request and will duly inform you of the
registration of the request (or of any additional information to be
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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[5]Ares(2019)6810053 - RE: access to documents request - Meetings with US
representatives - Gestdem 2019/6277

Sent by ve_sg.accessdoc (SG) <[Dirección de correo del organismo DG CNECT]>. All responses have
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réponses doivent être effectuées à cette adresse électronique.

Dear Sir,

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 04/11/2019. We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
04/11/2019 under reference number GestDem 2019/6277.

 

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 25/11/2019. 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 third-party 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 that the private third party running the AsktheEU.org website
is responsible and accountable for the processing of your personal data
via that website, and not the European Commission. For further information
on your rights, please refer to the third party’s privacy policy.

 

We understand that the third party running that website usually publishes
the content of applicants’ correspondence with the European Commission on
that website. This includes the personal data that you may have
communicated to the European Commission (e.g. your private postal
address).

 

Similarly, the third party publishes on that website any reply that the
Commission will send to the email address of the applicants generated by
the AsktheEU.org website.

 

If you do not wish your correspondence with the European Commission to be
published on the AsktheEU.org website, you can provide us with an
alternative, private e-mail address for further correspondence.

 

In that case, the European Commission will send all future electronic
correspondence addressed to you only to that private address.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (GD)

 

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European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG C.1

[7][correo electrónico]

 

 

 

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[5]Ares(2019)7254270 - Holding reply: Your application for access to
documents - Ref. GestDem 2019/6277

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<[email address]>. Toutes les réponses
doivent être effectuées à cette adresse électronique.

Dear Mr. Stolton,

We refer to your access to documents request dated 04/11/2019 and
registered under the abovementioned reference number.

 

Your application  is currently being handled. However, we will not be in a
position to complete the handling of your application within the
time limit of 15 working days, which expires today.

An extended time limit is needed as different Commission services must be
consulted.

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 16/12/2019.

We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

Yours faithfully,

Access to Documents Team

 

 

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European Commission

DG Connect – ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

BU25 – Avenue de Beaulieu 25

B-1160 Brussels/Belgium

 

 

 

 

 

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*** Advanced copy by e-mail and registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt ***

Dear Sirs,

Please find attached document Ares(2019)7729627 regarding "GestDem 2019/6277" sent by Mr Roberto Viola, General Director of DG CONNECT on 16/12/2019.

Best regards,

European Commission
DG CONNECT — ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS
Avenue de Beaulieu, 25
B-1160 Brussels/Belgium

Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

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 US representatives'.

Under reference number 2019/6277 I (Samuel Stolton), requested "a list of all meetings held between DG CNECT and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, Robert Strayer, over the past year. The list should include the dates of the meetings, the individuals present, as well as the issues discussed."

In response, DG Connect has identified 3 documents pertaining to the above request. Access to the documents has been refused under Regulation 1049/2001 on the grounds that the public disclosure "would affect the mutual trust between the EU and the US Government and thus undermine their relations."

Whilst I acknowledge the sensitivity of the matter at hand, I would formally request that a review of this decision be considered, due to the fact that the response fails to specify which elements of Documents 1, 2, and 3 would undermine diplomatic relations between the US Administration and the European Union.

I would refute the claim that the disclosure of the documents alone and of themselves would incur a negative impact on the relationship between the two parties. I would also foreground my role as a journalist - and by extension a conservator of public opinion, in ensuring that the EU duly delivers information unto the public domain that illuminates the workings of the Union, a vital element being the bloc's strategic relationship with the US, of which these three documents concern.

I thank you for your willingness to respond to my request in a cooperative and timely spirit.

A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/meet...

Yours faithfully,

Samuel Stolton

ve_sg.accessdoc (SG), Communications Networks, Content and Technology

[1]Ares(2020)66860 - RE: Internal review of access to documents request -
Meetings with US representatives

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

Dear Sir ,

Thank you for your email dated 07/01/2020 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 the DG
CNECT in reply to your initial application GESTDEM 2019/6277.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 07/01/2020 (Ares(2020)65925).

Your application will be handled within 15 working days (28/01/2020). In
case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due
course.

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,

Access to documents team (RC)
SG.C.1
Transparency

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[5]Ares(2020)528730 - Your confirmatory application for access to
documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 - GESTDEM 2019/6277

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

Dear Mr Stolton,

We refer to your email of 7 January 2019, registered on the same day, by
which you submit a confirmatory application in accordance with Article
7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European
Parliament, Council and Commission documents[6]^[1] ("Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001").

 

Your confirmatory application is currently being handled. Unfortunately,
we have not yet been able to gather all the elements needed to carry out a
full analysis of your request and to take a final decision.  Therefore, we
are not in a position to reply to your confirmatory request within the
prescribed time limit which expired on 28 January 2020. Consequently, we
have to extend this period by another 15 working days in accordance with
Article 8(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001. The new deadline expires on
18 February 2020.

 

However, we can assure you that we are doing our utmost to provide you
with a final reply within the next 15 working days. We regret this
additional delay and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may
cause.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

María OLIVÁN AVILÉS
Head of Unit

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European Commission

Secretariat General

Unit C.1 (Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents)

 

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[8][1]               Official Journal L 145 of 31.5.2001, p. 43.

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[5]Ares(2020)1038175 - Your confirmatory application for access to
documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 - GESTDEM 2019/6277

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

Dear Mr Stolton,

 

We refer to your email of 7 January 2020, registered on the same day, by
which you submit a confirmatory application in accordance with Article
7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European
Parliament, Council and Commission documents[1] ("Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001").

We also refer to our holding reply 28 January 2020, by which the time
limit for replying to your confirmatory application was extended by 15
working days, pursuant to Article 8(2) of the Regulation. This extended
time limit expires on 18 February 2020.

We regret to have to inform you that we will not be able to respond within
the extended time-limit. As mentioned in our first holding reply, we have
not yet been able to gather all the elements needed to carry out a full
analysis of your request and to take a final decision. 

 

However, we can assure you that we are doing our utmost to provide you
with a final reply as soon as possible. We regret this additional delay
and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (LC)

 

European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG C.1 – Transparency, Document Management & Access to Documents

[6][correo electrónico]

 

 

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Dear Mr Samuel Stolton,

 

Please find attached the electronic version of Commission Decision C(2020)
3649 final as adopted by the European Commission on 29.5.2020.

 

Given the exceptional circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the
formal notification of the decision under Article 297 TFEU is being made
only in electronic form.

 

Please confirm receipt of the attached document by return e-mail.

 

Kind regards,

 

Giovanni VALASTRO

COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

BERL 05/155

Tél: +32-2-29 61594

Email: [1][email address]

 

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Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Dear Mr Samuel Stolton,

Could you please confirm the receipt of the document sent on the 2.6.2020

Kind regards,

Giovanni VALASTRO

COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

Équipe certification/notification 

BERL 05/155

Tél: +32-2-29 61594

Email: [email address]

 

 

 

 

From: SG GREFFE CERTIFICATION
Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 3:53 PM
To: [FOI #7430 email]
Cc: PASCUAL IBANEZ Noelia (SG) <[email address]>
Subject: C(2020) 3649 final addressed to Samuel Stolton - Euractiv
Brussels

 

Dear Mr Samuel Stolton,

 

Please find attached the electronic version of Commission Decision C(2020)
3649 final as adopted by the European Commission on 29.5.2020.

 

Given the exceptional circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the
formal notification of the decision under Article 297 TFEU is being made
only in electronic form.

 

Please confirm receipt of the attached document by return e-mail.

 

Kind regards,

 

Giovanni VALASTRO

COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

BERL 05/155

Tél: +32-2-29 61594

Email: [1][email address]

 

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It is very important for us.

Please, could you please acknowledge the receipt of the document enclosed
in the message addressed to you ?

 

 

MARTIN GALAN MARIA SERENA

Secrétariat général de la Commission – Greffe B-2
Procédures écrites, habilitations, délégations et transmissions externes

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From: SG GREFFE CERTIFICATION <[email address]>
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2020 6:38 PM
To: [FOI #7430 email]
Cc: PASCUAL IBANEZ Noelia (SG) <[email address]>
Subject: 1RA: C(2020) 3649 final addressed to Samuel Stolton - Euractiv
Brussels

 

Dear Mr Samuel Stolton,

Could you please confirm the receipt of the document sent on the 2.6.2020

Kind regards,

Giovanni VALASTRO

COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

Équipe certification/notification 

BERL 05/155

Tél: +32-2-29 61594

Email: [4][email address]

 

 

 

 

From: SG GREFFE CERTIFICATION
Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 3:53 PM
To: [5][FOI #7430 email]
Cc: PASCUAL IBANEZ Noelia (SG) <[6][email address]>
Subject: C(2020) 3649 final addressed to Samuel Stolton - Euractiv
Brussels

 

Dear Mr Samuel Stolton,

 

Please find attached the electronic version of Commission Decision C(2020)
3649 final as adopted by the European Commission on 29.5.2020.

 

Given the exceptional circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the
formal notification of the decision under Article 297 TFEU is being made
only in electronic form.

 

Please confirm receipt of the attached document by return e-mail.

 

Kind regards,

 

Giovanni VALASTRO

COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

BERL 05/155

Tél: +32-2-29 61594

Email: [7][email address]

 

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Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Dear Mr Samuel Stolton,

Could you please confirm the receipt of the document sent on the 2.6.2020

Kind regards,

Giovanni VALASTRO

COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

Équipe certification/notification 

BERL 05/155

Tél: +32-2-29 61594

Email: [email address]

 

 

From: SG GREFFE CERTIFICATION
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2020 6:38 PM

Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 3:53 PM

To: '[FOI #7430 email]'
<[FOI #7430 email]>
Cc: PASCUAL IBANEZ Noelia (SG) <[email address]>
Subject: 1RA: C(2020) 3649 final addressed to Samuel Stolton - Euractiv
Brussels

 

Dear Mr Samuel Stolton,

Could you please confirm the receipt of the document sent on the 2.6.2020

Kind regards,

Giovanni VALASTRO

COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

Équipe certification/notification 

BERL 05/155

Tél: +32-2-29 61594

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

 

 

From: SG GREFFE CERTIFICATION
Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 3:53 PM
To: [2][FOI #7430 email]
Cc: PASCUAL IBANEZ Noelia (SG) <[3][email address]>
Subject: C(2020) 3649 final addressed to Samuel Stolton - Euractiv
Brussels

 

Dear Mr Samuel Stolton,

 

Please find attached the electronic version of Commission Decision C(2020)
3649 final as adopted by the European Commission on 29.5.2020.

 

Given the exceptional circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the
formal notification of the decision under Article 297 TFEU is being made
only in electronic form.

 

Please confirm receipt of the attached document by return e-mail.

 

Kind regards,

 

Giovanni VALASTRO

COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

BERL 05/155

Tél: +32-2-29 61594

Email: [4][email address]

 

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Please Mr Samuel Stolton,

It is very important for us.

Please, could you please acknowledge the receipt of the document enclosed
in the message addressed to you ?

Giovanni VALASTRO

COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

Équipe certification/notification 

BERL 05/155

Tél: +32-2-29 61594

Email: [email address]

 

 

From: SG GREFFE CERTIFICATION
Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 3:26 PM
To: '[FOI #7430 email]'
<[FOI #7430 email]>
Cc: PASCUAL IBANEZ Noelia (SG) <[email address]>
Subject: 2 RA: C(2020) 3649 final addressed to Samuel Stolton - Euractiv
Brussels

 

Dear Mr Samuel Stolton,

Could you please confirm the receipt of the document sent on the 2.6.2020

Kind regards,

Giovanni VALASTRO

COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

Équipe certification/notification 

BERL 05/155

Tél: +32-2-29 61594

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

From: SG GREFFE CERTIFICATION
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2020 6:38 PM

Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 3:53 PM

To: '[FOI #7430 email]'
<[2][FOI #7430 email]>
Cc: PASCUAL IBANEZ Noelia (SG) <[3][email address]>
Subject: 1RA: C(2020) 3649 final addressed to Samuel Stolton - Euractiv
Brussels

 

Dear Mr Samuel Stolton,

Could you please confirm the receipt of the document sent on the 2.6.2020

Kind regards,

Giovanni VALASTRO

COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

Équipe certification/notification 

BERL 05/155

Tél: +32-2-29 61594

Email: [4][email address]

 

 

 

 

From: SG GREFFE CERTIFICATION
Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 3:53 PM
To: [5][FOI #7430 email]
Cc: PASCUAL IBANEZ Noelia (SG) <[6][email address]>
Subject: C(2020) 3649 final addressed to Samuel Stolton - Euractiv
Brussels

 

Dear Mr Samuel Stolton,

 

Please find attached the electronic version of Commission Decision C(2020)
3649 final as adopted by the European Commission on 29.5.2020.

 

Given the exceptional circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the
formal notification of the decision under Article 297 TFEU is being made
only in electronic form.

 

Please confirm receipt of the attached document by return e-mail.

 

Kind regards,

 

Giovanni VALASTRO

COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

BERL 05/155

Tél: +32-2-29 61594

Email: [7][email address]

 

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