Pierre Moscovici's cabinet meetings with religious lobbyists

Álvaro Merino made this access to documents request to Economic and Financial Affairs

Waiting for an internal review by Economic and Financial Affairs of their handling of this request.

From: Álvaro Merino

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Dear DG ECFIN,

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 lobby meetings held by the commissioner in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Pierre Moscovici, or any other member of its Cabinet with any organisations representing churches and/or religious communities since 2014 onwards, including all emails, minutes, reports or any other briefing papers related to all those meetings.

Yours faithfully,

Álvaro Merino
Calle Ricardo Ortiz 61 , 1B.
28017 Madrid.

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Economic and Financial Affairs

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 14/03/2019. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 19/03/2019 under reference number GestDem 2019/1646.

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 04/04/2019. 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.

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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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Economic and Financial Affairs

Dear Sir / Madam,

We refer to your e-mail dated 14/03/2019 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered on 19/03/2019 under the above-mentioned reference number.
We regret to inform you that Commissioner Pierre Moscovici's cabinet does not hold any documents that would correspond to the description given in your application.

As specified in Article 2(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, the right of access as defined in that regulation applies only to existing documents in the possession of the institution.

Given that no such documents, corresponding to the description given in your application, are held by the Cabinet, we are not in a position to fulfil your request. In addition, we refer to DG Taxation and Customs Union's reply Ares(2019)2421572.

In accordance with Article 7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, you are entitled to make a confirmatory application requesting the Commission to review this position.

Such a confirmatory application should be addressed within 15 working days upon receipt of this letter to the Secretariat-General of the Commission at the following address:

European Commission
Secretariat-General
Transparency, Document Management & Access to Documents (SG.C.1)
BERL 7/076
B-1049 Bruxelles
or by email to: [email address]

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: Álvaro Merino

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Dear Economic and Financial Affairs,

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 'Pierre Moscovici's cabinet meetings with religious lobbyists'.

According to your answer of April 09, I understand that neither Commissioner Pierre Moscovici nor his Cabinet have had any meeting with any organisation representing churches and/or religious communities since, at least, 2014. Is that right? Or is it that the meetings might have taken place but no documents are in possession of the Cabinet? In that case, I would understand that EU Transparency Register requirements are not being applied in the DG of Economic and Financial Affairs.

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

Yours faithfully,

Álvaro Merino

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Economic and Financial Affairs


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Dear Álvaro Merino,
Thank you for your email dated 11/04/2019, 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 DG
ECFIN in reply to your initial application GESTDEM 2019/1646.
We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 12/04/2019 (Ares(2019)2572591).
Your application will be handled within 15 working days (10/05/2019). 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
formal Commission decision that will be notified to you by express
delivery. We kindly offer you the possibility to provide us a contact
phone number (by email to [email address]), 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.
 
Best regards,
 
Gitte Louise Olsen
Access to documents
 
European Commission
Secretariat-General
Unit C1 – Transparency, Document Management & Access to Documents
Office address BERL 07/251
Tel. +32 2 295 63 26
[1][email address]
 
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Dear Mr Merino,

 

I refer to your e-mail of 11 April 2019, registered on 12 April 2019, 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.

 

I would like to inform you that your confirmatory application is currently
being handled. Unfortunately, due to ongoing consultations, we are not in
a position to reply to your confirmatory request within the prescribed
time limit expiring on 10 May 2019. 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 4 June 2019.

 

I can assure you that we are doing our utmost to provide you with a final
reply as soon as possible.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

María OLIVÁN AVILÉS

Head of Unit

 

 

European Commission

Secretariat General

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

 

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