Request to the EU-Gambia Good Practices Procedures on Identification and Return - May 2018

Diletta Agresta made this access to documents request to Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting the following document:

- EU-Gambia Good Practices Procedures on Identification and Return signed on May 2018

Yours faithfully,

Diletta Agresta

ve_sg.accessdoc (SG), Secretariat General of the European Commission

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[5]Ares(2021)2044276 - RE: access to documents request - Request to the
EU-Gambia Good Practices Procedures on Identification and Return - May
2018 - Ref. GESTDEM 2021/1754

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Dear Madam/Sir,

 

 

Thank you for your request for access to documents.

 

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Please send us your full postal address at your earliest convenience.
Pending your reply, we reserve the right to refuse the registration of
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Yours faithfully,

 

 

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (IC)

European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG.C1

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Dear ve_sg.accessdoc (SG),

my postal address is [ADDRESS REDACTED]

Yours sincerely,

Diletta Agresta

ve_sg.accessdoc (SG), Secretariat General of the European Commission

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EU-Gambia Good Practices Procedures on Identification and Return - May
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Dear Madam,

 

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents,
which was registered on 23/03/2021 under reference number GESTDEM
2021/1754.

 

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 16/04/2021. In case this time limit needs to
be extended, you will be informed in due course.

 

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Yours faithfully,

 

 

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (IC)

European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG.C1

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ve_home.c.1(HOME), Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Please find attached document Ares(2021)2548931 from PARIAT Monique (HOME) dated 15/04/2021.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint le document Ares(2021)2548931 de PARIAT Monique (HOME) daté du 15/04/2021.

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

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 'Request to the EU-Gambia Good Practices Procedures on Identification and Return - May 2018'.

In the request, I asked to get access to the following document “EU-Gambia Good Practices Procedures on Identification and Return signed on May 2018”
A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/requ...

Your answer, dated 14 April 2021, underline how the disclosure of the document is covered by the exception to the right of access laid down in Article 4(1)(a), third indent, of Regulation 1049/2001 and cannot be disclosed.

I’m asking a review of my request, as I consider that this exception cannot applied to the document requested, in force of the following argumentation:

In 2018, the EU and The Gambia signed an agreement called “Good Practices document on identification and return procedures”.

On the Gambian Government’s request the EU agreed postponing the start of implementation until 16 November 2018.

An increase in Gambian deportations began in November 2018 after the EU and the government agreed on a ‘good practice’ agreement for efficient return procedures.

In February 2019 the Gambian government lifted a moratorium on forced return operation from Europe.

In February 2020 an agreement was finally reached on detailed modalities for future non-scheduled flights from the EU with an incremental approach to number of returnees and number of flights. One successful return operation took place before COVID-19 restrictions brought return operations to a halt.

While engaging in the field of forced return from Europe, the EU Commission put a lot of efforts and financial resources from the EUTFA to ensure a dignified return and reintegration for the Gambian citizens forcely returned from Europe.

One project - 3.9 mln Euro - was approved in 2017 and a second one - 23 mln - started in May 2018 (the very same month of the signature of the agreement)

On the base of the argumentation proposed:

The “Good Practices document on identification and return procedures” between EU and Gambia must be considered as international agreement, thus shall be published in the Official Journal, following art 13, para 1, of Reg. 1049/2001: “In addition to the acts referred to in Article 254(1) and (2) of the EC Treaty and the first paragraph of Article 163 of the Euratom Treaty, the following documents shall, subject to Articles 4 and 9 of this Regulation: [...] International agreements concluded by the Community or in accordance with Article 24 of the EUTreaty”

The legal framework of the 2018 “Good Practices document on identification and return procedures” in the context of bilateral agreements is fully in line with the general provisions of public international law and the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. As is well known, what describes the nature of the international treaty is its substance and, in particular, its capacity to create binding legal situations under international law between legal entities having legal capacity under international law

In fact, in addition to their purely operational nature, the “Good Practices” also have a political content that not only establishes binding legal obligations between the parties - consider for example the need of the Gambian government to suspend the returns by lifting a moratorium - but also provides the legal basis for carrying out EU readmissions to The Gambia (as demonstrated by the increase return flights after the 2018 agreement on readmission, and the resumption of returns flight in February 2020 after further engagement of EU and re-entry into force of the agreement on “Good Practice”.) Moreover, following the principle of freedom of form laid down in Article 11 of the Vienna Convention, treaties may be concluded in the form of an agreement, treaty, memorandum , protocol, convention, statute, etc.

Finally it must be noted that, in accordance with Articles 28(1) and 41(1) of the EU Treaty, the right of access also applies to documents relating to the common foreign and security policy and to police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters.
In fact, following art 4, para 6 Reg. 1049/2001 “If only parts of the requested document are covered by any of the exceptions, the remaining parts of the document shall be released”.

Yours faithfully,

Diletta Agresta

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, Secretariat General of the European Commission

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
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L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
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Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
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[1]RE: Internal review of access to documents request - Request to the
EU-Gambia Good Practices Procedures on Identification and Return - May
2018 - Ares(2021)2885714

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Dear Madam,

Thank you for your email dated 29/04/2021 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
HOME in reply to your initial application GESTDEM 2021/1754.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 30/04/2021 (Ares(2021)2885575).

Your application will be handled within 15 working days (26/05/2021). 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 (cr)
SG.C.1
Transparency

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ve_sg.accessdoc (SG), Secretariat General of the European Commission

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[5]Your confirmatory application for access to documents under Regulation
(EC) No 1049/2001 - GESTDEM 2021/1754 - 1st holding letter -
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Dear Mr Diletta,

 

I refer to your email of 29 April 2021, registered on 30 April 2021, 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 (hereafter ‘Regulation (EC)
No 1049/2001’).

 

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 which expired on 26 May 2021.

 

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 16 June 2021.

 

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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Dear Mr Diletta,

 

I refer to your e-mail of 29 April 2021, registered on 30 April 2021, 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 (hereafter ‘Regulation (EC)
No 1049/2001’).

 

I also refer to our holding reply of 27 May 2021, by which the time limit
for replying to your confirmatory application was extended by 15 working
days, pursuant to Article 8(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001.

 

I regret to have to inform you that we will not be able to respond within
the extended time limit, which expires on 16 June 2021. We are doing our
utmost to conclude the internal consultations and assessment of your
confirmatory application this week in order to provide you with a final
reply as soon as possible.

 

I 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

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

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SG-GREFFE-CERTIFICATION@ec.europa.eu, Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Ms Agresta Diletta,

 

Please find attached the electronic version of Commission Decision C(2021)
7082 as adopted by the European Commission on 24.9.2021.

 

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,

 

 

MARTIN GALAN MARIA SERENA

Secrétariat général de la Commission – Greffe B-2
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Dear Ms / Dear Mr,

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
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From: SG GREFFE CERTIFICATION <[email address]>
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2021 2:15 PM
To: [FOI #9227 email]
Cc: WOJCIECHOWSKA Eliza (SG) <[email address]>
Subject: C(2021) 7082 final addressed to Agresta Diletta

 

 

 

Dear Ms Agresta Diletta,

 

Please find attached the electronic version of Commission Decision C(2021)
7082 as adopted by the European Commission on 24.9.2021.

 

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,

 

 

MARTIN GALAN MARIA SERENA

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

BERL 5/155
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Dear [email address],

I confirm the receipt of the document.

Yours sincerely,

Diletta Agresta