Moscovici meetings Davos

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From: Peter

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Dear Madam, Sir,

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:

all documents - including but not limited to minutes, (hand-written) notes, audio recordings, verbatim reports, operational conclusions, lines to take, e-mails, and presentations - related to meetings commissioner Pierre Moscovici has held at the World Economic Forum this year, including but not limited to his meetings with
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML)
- JPMorgan Chase & Co
- Booking.com B.V.
- S&P Global (SPGI)

All the best,
Peter Teffer
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Thank you for your e-mail dated 31/01/2019. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 31/01/2019 under reference number GestDem 2019/0622.

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Dear Sir,

We refer to your e-mail dated 31/01/2019 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered on 31/01/2019 under the above mentioned 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 on 21/02/2019.
An extended time limit is needed as in order to analyse your request, a large number of files have to be examined.

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 deadline expires on 14/03/2019.
We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

Yours faithfully,

ECFIN ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM
 

European Commission
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Dear Sir,

We refer to your request for access to documents, registered under the reference number GESTDEM 2019/0622, for which the extended deadline expires today.

We are in the process of preparing the reply. You will receive it in a couple of days.

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

Yours faithfully,

ECFIN ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM

European Commission
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Dear Sir,

We refer to your e-mail dated 31 January 2019, registered on the same
date, in which you make a request for access to documents under the above
mentioned reference number.

You request access to:

all documents - including but not limited to minutes, (hand-written)
notes, audio recordings, verbatim reports, operational conclusions, lines
to take, e-mails, and presentations - related to meetings Commissioner
Pierre Moscovici has held at the World Economic Forum this year, including
but not limited to his meetings with

 

- Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML),

- JPMorgan Chase & Co,

- Booking.com B.V.,

- S&P Global (SPGI).

 

We identified the following document falling under the above request, of
which we attach a copy with some redactions.

This document is a readout of the bilateral meetings held by the
Commissioner: 

Email from Simon O’Connor, Member of Cabinet, to other Members of Cabinet,
entitled ‘Davos readout’ and sent on 24 January 2019 at 16:41.

 

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Yours faithfully,

 

ECFIN ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM

 
European Commission
Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs
Unit R.1 – HR, business correspondent, business continuity and control

 

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From: Peter

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Dear Madam, Sir

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 registered on 31/01/2019 under reference number GestDem 2019/0622.

I had asked for all documents - including but not limited to minutes, (hand-written) notes, audio recordings, verbatim reports, operational conclusions, lines to take, e-mails, and presentations - related to meetings commissioner Pierre Moscovici has held at the World Economic Forum this year, including but not limited to his meetings with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML); JPMorgan Chase & Co; Booking.com B.V; -S&P Global (SPGI)

I received a heavily redacted document which contained a so-called "Quick readout" of meetings the commissioner had in Davos. For one I find it difficult to believe that this document was the only one produced related to the Davos meetings. It seems more likely that this email, which summarised several meetings, was based on other more elaborate documents (unless the author has superb memory).

I also have doubts as to whether the redacted parts are indeed redacted in line with the transparency regulation. There is a strong public interest knowing what policymakers and politicians discuss at exclusive meetings like the one in Davos.

The email listed "Soros and Blair: discussions with the two earliest backers of a ‘People’s Vote’", followed by six lines of redaction. In the interest of quelling conspiracy theories and increasing trust in EU institutions, the public interest of disclosing what commissioner Moscovici discussed could be greater than that of article 4.3.1. In any case, article 4.3.1. reads: "Access to a document, drawn up by an institution for internal use or received by an institution, which relates to a matter where the decision has not been taken by the institution, shall be refused if disclosure of the document would seriously undermine the institution's decision-making process, unless there is an overriding public interest in disclosure."
A 'People's Vote' refers to whether the United Kingdom should hold a second referendum on leaving the EU. This is a decision to be taken by the UK, not by the European Commission. Therefore article 4.3.1. does not apply.

As for the other redactions, it is impossible for me to know whether the exceptions have been properly used. In the past, at least on one occasion, a directorate-general of the Commission had used exceptions when it should not have (see the outcome of my confirmatory applications to the request registered under Gestdem number 2018/3267). I therefore request that the commission's secretariat-general offers a second opinion.

All the best,
Peter Teffer
postal address:
EUobserver
Rue Montoyer 18B
1000 Brussels
Belgium

PS: When sending physical mail, please include the word 'EUobserver' on the envelope

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

Yours faithfully,

Peter

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Dear Sir,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 01/04/2019. We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
01/04/2019.

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 25/04/2019. 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,

Carlos Remis
SG.C.1
Transparence
Charl. 03/21

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Please find attached document Ares(2019)2632866 from BUTI Marco (ECFIN) dated 15/04/2019.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint le document Ares(2019)2632866 de BUTI Marco (ECFIN) daté du 15/04/2019.

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From: Peter

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Dear Madam Sir,

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

I had filed a confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request registered on 31/01/2019 under reference number GestDem 2019/0622. The application was registered on 1 April 2019, but closed by the Secretariat General on 17 April 2019, because the Directorate‑General for Economic and Financial Affairs, had sent a new reply on 15 April 2019.

However, the new reply has not changed my reasons to send a confirmatory application.

I received a heavily redacted document which contained a so-called "Quick readout" of meetings the commissioner had in Davos. For one I find it difficult to believe that this document was the only one produced related to the Davos meetings. It seems more likely that this email, which summarised several meetings, was based on other more elaborate documents (unless the author has superb memory).

I also have doubts as to whether the redacted parts are indeed redacted in line with the transparency regulation. There is a strong public interest knowing what policymakers and politicians discuss at exclusive meetings like the one in Davos.

The email listed "Soros and Blair: discussions with the two earliest backers of a ‘People’s Vote’", followed by six lines of redaction. In the interest of quelling conspiracy theories and increasing trust in EU institutions, the public interest of disclosing what commissioner Moscovici discussed could be greater than that of article 4.3.1. In any case, article 4.3.1. reads: "Access to a document, drawn up by an institution for internal use or received by an institution, which relates to a matter where the decision has not been taken by the institution, shall be refused if disclosure of the document would seriously undermine the institution's decision-making process, unless there is an overriding public interest in disclosure."
The new reply, dated 15 April, changed nothing to the fact that a 'People's Vote' refers to whether the United Kingdom should hold a second referendum on leaving the EU. This is a decision to be taken by the UK, not by the European Commission. Therefore article 4.3.1. does not apply.

As for the other redactions, it is impossible for me to know whether the exceptions have been properly used. In the past, at least on one occasion, a directorate-general of the Commission had used exceptions when it should not have (see the outcome of my confirmatory applications to the request registered under Gestdem number 2018/3267). I therefore request that the commission's secretariat-general offers a second opinion.

All the best,
Peter Teffer
postal address:
EUobserver
Rue Montoyer 18B
1000 Brussels
Belgium

PS: When sending physical mail, please include the word 'EUobserver' on the envelope

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

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Dear Mr Teffer,
 
Thank you for your email dated 25 April 2019, by which you request,
pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, a review of the
position taken by DG ECFIN on 15 April 2019, in reply to your initial
application registered under GESTDEM 2019/0622.
 
We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents, which was registered on 25 April 2019 (Ares(2019)2804384).
 
Your application will be handled within 15 working days (i.e 20 May 2019).
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
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Gitte Louise Olsen
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