Sanctions and the authorisation of exemptions

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Rights & Accountability in Development

Dear Service for Foreign Policy Instruments,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain certain information, as detailed below.

BASIS FOR THE REQUEST

Guidelines on implementation and evaluation of restrictive measures (sanctions) in the framework of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy [‘Guidelines’], were first adopted by the Council on 8 December 2003. The latest version of the Guidelines is dated 15 June 2012 and was adopted 25 June 2012.

The Guidelines, E. Exemptions, paragraph 25, state:

‘It is important that the legal instruments on financial restrictions, restrictions on admission and other restrictive measures make provision for appropriate exemptions to take account of in particular basic needs of targeted persons, legal fees, extraordinary expenses or, where applicable, humanitarian needs or international obligations, including as host nations of international organisations or the OSCE, with regard to the various restrictive measures taken.’

The Guidelines, F. Exchange of information and reporting requirements, paragraph 29, state:

‘Member States are invited to communicate to the EEAS [European External Action Service] and to the Commission data collected in applying these exemptions in order to improve the quality of the identifiers referred to above.’

REQUESTED INFORMATION

Please can you please provide:

(i) Documents provided by Member States by which the data collected under Guidelines, F. Exchange of information and reporting requirements, paragraph 29, is communicated to the EEAS and/or the Commission/FPI;
(ii) Documents produced by either the EEAS or the Commission/FPI which refers to this data on exemptions.
(iii) Documents from the competent authorities of Member States informing the Commission/FPI when authorisations granting exemptions to restrictive measures have been granted.
(iv) Documents produced by the EEAS or the Commission/FPI that refer to authorisations granting exemptions.

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Rights & Accountability in Development.

Foreign Policy Instruments

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Dear Rights & Accountability in Development,

 

Thank you for your request for access to documents.

Unfortunately you have not indicated your name and postal address that is
required for registering and handling your request in line with the
procedural requirements. Please send us your full postal address at your
earliest convenience. Pending your reply, we reserve the right to refuse
the registration of your request.

You may, of course, use directly the electronic form for entering your
request:

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Best regards,

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM
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European Commission
Secretariat General

Unit B4 - Transparency

 

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Rights & Accountability in Development

Dear Service for Foreign Policy Instruments,

Our postal address has been sent to you under separate cover. However, we would prefer to receive information in electronic form if the information exists in that format.

We understand that NGOs and other “legal persons” registered in an EU Member State have the same right as individuals to ask for documents.

We look forward to confirmation that our request has been registered.

Yours faithfully,

Rights & Accountability in Development

Foreign Policy Instruments

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Dear Rights & Accountability in Development,

 

Please note that we searched into our mail box, and unless we are
mistaken, we are sorry but found  no postal address of your organisation.

Can you please sent it at your best convenience at :
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Your name or the name of the legal representative and postal address are
required for registering and handling your request in line with the
 procedural requirements.

 

You may, of course, use directly the electronic form for entering your
 request:

 

[2]http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/...

 

Yours sincerely

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM
European Commission
Secretariat General

Unit B4 - Transparency

 

 

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Rights & Accountability in Development

Dear Service for Foreign Policy Instruments,

Our postal address details were re-sent to you on Thursday 20 May 2016 via the e-mail address you provided.

We look forward to confirmation that our request has been registered.

We would ask that any replies are sent via the asktheEU.org service.

Yours faithfully,

Rights & Accountability in Development