Georgios Vassalos

Dear European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority,

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:

The membership of the Working Groups (Committees, Task Forces, Panels) listed in your website :

- Committee on Consumer Protection and Financial Innovation
- Supervisory Steering Committee
- Risks & Financial Stability Committee
- Policy Steering Committee
- IT and Data Committee
- The InsurTech Task Force (ITF)
- The Review Panel

and the membership of their sub-groups or project-groups or any other groups that might be operating under EIOPA.

Yours faithfully,

Georgios Vassalos

EIOPA ATD, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your application for access to documents.

To register and handle it we would need information on your current postal address. Therefore, we would like to ask you to provide us with it at your earliest convenience.

You have submitted 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 Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to the use of this system.

Please note also that EIOPA 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,

EIOPA Access to documents
Westhafen Tower
Westhafenplatz 1
60327 Frankfurt
Germany

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Georgios Vassalos

Dear EIOPA ATD,

Ι just sent you my postal address by email to [email address]

Please confirm registration of my request with a message here.

Yours sincerely,

Georgios Vassalos

EIOPA ATD, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 29 July 2019. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 1 August 2018.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, your application will be handled within 15 working days – that is by 22 August 2018 at the latest. If this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

Yours faithfully,

EIOPA Access to documents
Westhafen Tower
Westhafenplatz 1
60327 Frankfurt
Germany

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EIOPA ATD, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority

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Dear Sir,

Attached, please find EIOPA's reply to your request.

Yours faithfully,

EIOPA Access to documents

Westhafen Tower

Westhafenplatz 1

60327 Frankfurt

Germany

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Dear Mrs Coucke,

Thank you very much for your helpful reply to my access to documents request.

Thank you for indicating to me the published minutes with the names of the chairs of the Committee on Consumer Protection and Financial Innovation, the IT and Data Committee, the InsurTech Task Force and the Review Panel, as well the two members and two substitutes of the Mediation panel.

In your response you invite me to provide you “with arguments showing the need of having” the names of the rest of the members of EIOPA working groups you regard as “personal data”, as well as showing “the absence of adverse effects to the legitimate rights of the persons whose personal data should be disclosed”.

In the framework of my PhD thesis, I’m trying to count public officials conducting work for EU institutions and authorities on financial regulation, including national authorities’ agents doing work for the European Financial Supervision Authorities without being counted in EIOPA’s staff numbers (93). This is why I need to know the membership of EIOPA’s working groups and specifically those coming from national authorities.

With the nine names included in published minutes you indicated to me, I can see those nine agents doing work in five different EIOPA working groups are employed by the Austrian, Dutch, German, Polish, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian and Greek national authorities.

But – for the purpose of my research – I need to know if there are any other members of the five fore-mentioned working groups coming from national authorities (in the sense of being their employees). In the published minutes of EIOPA’s Board of Supervisors Meeting of 10-11 April 2018, I can also see the members and chairs of three more working groups - the Supervisory Steering Committee (SSC), the Risks & Financial Stability Committee (RFSC) and the Policy Steering Committee (PSC) - have been elected, but I can’t see their names or the names of their employers.

Advancing academic knowledge – and through it public knowledge - of the functioning of the EU is “a task carried out in the public interest”. Knowing how many public officials are engaged in securing adequate regulation of the EU’s financial markets is part of such knowledge.

I do not intend to publish the names of these officials in my thesis. I just need to know how many officials from national authorities participate in EIOPA’s working groups. Consequently, there can’t be any “adverse effects to the legitimate rights of the persons whose personal data should be disclosed”. I can engage not to publish these names anywhere and I accept receiving a response by email ([email address]) and not through the AskTheEU platform.

If you consider it necessary you can also blank the names of the remaining EIOPA working group members and send me the names of their employers only.

Nonetheless, I would like to stress these are public officials and not private sector representatives as in the Bavarian Lager court case you referred to.

Best regards,
Georgios Vassalos

Dear Mrs Coucke,

are you planning to reply to these addtional arguments you invited me to provide or should I file them as a confirmatory application?

Yours sincerely,
Georgios Vassalos

Dear European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority,

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 'Members of EIOPA's Working Groups (Committees, Task Forces, Panels)':

"Thank you for indicating to me the published minutes with the names of the chairs of the Committee on Consumer Protection and Financial Innovation, the IT and Data Committee, the InsurTech Task Force and the Review Panel, as well the two members and two substitutes of the Mediation panel.

In your response you invite me to provide you “with arguments showing the need of having” the names of the rest of the members of EIOPA working groups you regard as “personal data”, as well as showing “the absence of adverse effects to the legitimate rights of the persons whose personal data should be disclosed”.

In the framework of my PhD thesis, I’m trying to count public officials conducting work for EU institutions and authorities on financial regulation, including national authorities’ agents doing work for the European Financial Supervision Authorities without being counted in EIOPA’s staff numbers (93). This is why I need to know the membership of EIOPA’s working groups and specifically those coming from national authorities.

With the nine names included in published minutes you indicated to me, I can see those nine agents doing work in five different EIOPA working groups are employed by the Austrian, Dutch, German, Polish, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian and Greek national authorities.

But – for the purpose of my research – I need to know if there are any other members of the five fore-mentioned working groups coming from national authorities (in the sense of being their employees). In the published minutes of EIOPA’s Board of Supervisors Meeting of 10-11 April 2018, I can also see the members and chairs of three more working groups - the Supervisory Steering Committee (SSC), the Risks & Financial Stability Committee (RFSC) and the Policy Steering Committee (PSC) - have been elected, but I can’t see their names or the names of their employers.

Advancing academic knowledge – and through it public knowledge - of the functioning of the EU is “a task carried out in the public interest”. Knowing how many public officials are engaged in securing adequate regulation of the EU’s financial markets is part of such knowledge.

I do not intend to publish the names of these officials in my thesis. I just need to know how many officials from national authorities participate in EIOPA’s working groups. Consequently, there can’t be any “adverse effects to the legitimate rights of the persons whose personal data should be disclosed”. I can engage not to publish these names anywhere and I accept receiving a response by email ([email address]) and not through the AskTheEU platform.

If you consider it necessary you can also blank the names of the remaining EIOPA working group members and send me the names of their employers only.

Nonetheless, I would like to stress these are public officials and not private sector representatives as in the Bavarian Lager court case you referred to.

Best regards,
Georgios Vassalos

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

Yours faithfully,
Georgios Vassalos

EIOPA ATD, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority

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Dear Sir,

Please find EIOPA's reply to your confirmatory application.

Kind regards,

Access to documents
EIOPA

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After a complaint to the European Ombudsman, EIOPA sent me the totality of the infomation I requested for the needs of my PhD only and not for publication.

I would like to thank both EIOPA and the European Ombudsman for their excellent cooperation.

Georgios Vassalos