Helen Darbishire

Dear European Economic and Social Committee,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am hereby requesting access to the travel expenses of EESC’s President, for the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018 inclusive.

I am looking for documents that contain, for each of the trips, the following information:
- Place of origin and destination, and the amount spent on travel or transportation;
- Exact dates and duration of the trip;
- Amount spent on accommodation;
- Amount spent on subsistence;
- Other information, such as possible miscellaneous costs.

If the travel was by air taxi and a team of people were travelling, please also provide documents with details on the other travellers (at a minimum, names and job titles).

With respect to personal information contained in any documents that you might have, please note that the only information being sought here is the name of EESC’s President, something which is already in the public domain. This request does not seek access to any other personal information such as bank account details. Nor am I requesting data such as the office addresses, signatures or telephone numbers of EESC staff members.

Please also note that Access Info made the same request in the past with regard to a different period. You can find it here https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/trav...

I remain at your disposition to answer any questions or clarifications you might have related to this request.

Thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Helen Darbishire
Access Info Europe
Calle Cava de San Miguel 8, 4C
28005 Madrid, Spain

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Dear Ms Darbishire,

 

Thank you for your e-mail of 5 July of which we acknowledge receipt. We
are processing it now.

 

Kind regards,

 

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Dear Ms Darbishire,

 

Further to your request for access to documents addressed to the European
Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 5 July 2019, please note the
following:

 

Payments to EESC members by the Committee are subject to Council Decision
2013/471/EU of 23 September 2013 on the granting of daily allowances to
and the reimbursement of travelling expenses of members of the European
Economic and Social Committee and their alternates, as well as to the
Decision of the Bureau of the European Economic and Social Committee of 26
April 2016, adopted on the basis thereof, on the reimbursement of expenses
incurred and the allowances received by Committee members.

 

The EESC members do not receive any form of remuneration from the EU
budget in relation to the performance of their duties.

 

Their travel expenses are calculated solely on the basis of actual costs
and of the most direct route.

The EESC members are also entitled to travel allowances intended to cover
all travel-related expenses, which are calculated taking into account the
distance and the duration to travel from their declared place of residence
to the Committee headquarters in Brussels.

 

Subsistence (or meeting) allowances are similar to those received by the
members of the European Parliament and include the accommodation expenses.
The payment of subsistence allowance (or per diem) is set at € 290 and is
granted for each day's participation of the work of the Committee and its
constituent bodies or of official representation of the EESC.

 

Current EESC President

To respond to your request, the travel costs and allowances paid for M.
Luca JAHIER's activities related to the work of the EESC (current
president of the EESC from 18 April 2018 to 31 December 2018) amounted to
€ 95.171,41.

 

M. JAHIER's travel allowances are calculated considering that his place of
residence is situated in Italy.

 

Please find in attachment an Excel table with information extracted from
the EESC database concerning the list of M. JAHIER's EESC meetings from 18
April 2018 to 31 December 2018.

 

The EESC President did not travel by air taxi, all his travels were made
by means of transport available to all citizens.

 

Former EESC President

The travel costs and allowances paid for M. Georges DASSIS's activities
related to the work of the EESC (former president of the EESC from 1st
January 2017 to 17 April 2018) amounted to € 169,025.16.

 

M. DASSIS's travel allowances are calculated considering that his place of
residence is situated in Greece.

 

Please find in attachment an Excel table with information extracted from
the EESC database concerning the list of M. DASSIS's EESC meetings from
1st January 2017 to 17 April 2018.

 

The former EESC President did not travel by air taxi, all his travels were
made by means of transport available to all citizens.

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

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