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 hereby requesting access to the exhaustive lists travel expenses of OLAF Directors (Schnichels D, Bianchi E., Sans Redrado B., Hofmann M.), for the period 1 January 2015 to 2019 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, I note that the only information being sought here is the name and surname of the persons mentioned above, 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 the staff members.

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

Thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Barbara Pelo

Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Madam,

 

Thank you for your request for access to documents. Unfortunately, you
have not indicated your 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:
[1]http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/....

 

Yours faithfully,

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (GD)

 

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European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG C.1

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Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Barbara Pelo
Slotermeerlaan 133,
1063 Amsterdam,
Netherlands

Yours faithfully,

Barbara Pelo

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
registration of the request (or of any additional information to be
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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[5]Ares(2019)1628901 - RE: access to documents request - Travel expenses
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Dear Madam,

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 11/03/2019 providing us with your postal
address in the framework of your request for access to documents. We
hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents,
which was registered on 12/03/2019 under reference number GestDem
2019/1420.

 

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 02/04/2019. 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
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If you do not wish your correspondence with the European Commission to be
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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,

 

ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS TEAM (GD)

 

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European Commission

Secretariat-General

SG C.1

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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 'Travel xpenses'.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request. Until now, you have not provided me with an access to these documents that I have asked.

I would like to point out that the European Commission has the good practice of making such kind of data available to the public and publish them et the present website.
There is an overriding interest in disclosing these documents. As such it is important for the general public to be able to hold the EU accountable for its use of EU budget.
While we do not ask for any sensitive personal information such as telephone numbers or individual data.

A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/6595...

Yours sincerely,

Barbara Pelo

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
registration of the request (or of any additional information to be
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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Secretariat General of the European Commission

Dear Ms Pelo,
 
We refer to your request for access to document dated 09/03/2019.   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. 
 
Therefore, we have to extend the time limit with 15 working days in
accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) N° 1049/2001 regarding
public access to documents. The new time limit expires on 26/04/2019.
 
We apologize for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
EUROPEAN ANTI-FRAUD OFFICE (OLAF)
Directorate  C: Investigation Support
Unit  C.4 – Legal Advice

Rue Joseph II, 30 • B-1000 Brussels (Belgium)
[1]http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud
Our policy regarding personal data protection can be viewed on
[2]http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/about-us/...
 

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Secretariat General of the European Commission

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Dear Ms Pelo,
 
Please find enclosed the reply to the above mentioned subject.
The paper copy is following by registered post.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
EUROPEAN ANTI-FRAUD OFFICE (OLAF)
Directorate  C: Investigation Support
Unit  C.4 – Legal Advice

Rue Joseph II, 30 • B-1000 Brussels (Belgium)
[1]http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud
Our policy regarding personal data protection can be viewed on
[2]http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/about-us/...
 
 
 
 

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Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,
Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications:
Mr Ville ITÄLÄ
Director General OLAF
European Commission
B-1049 BRUXELLES
BELGIUM
Following the reply of 25th of April 2019 I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request 'Travel expenses of staff members'.
I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request. Until now, you have not provided me with an access to these documents that I have asked. The access was refused by the reply of 25th of April 2019. It is not justified to invoke the exception of privacy and the integrity of the individual, invoking articles 4(1)(b), (2), (3) of Regulation 1049/2001, articles 3(1), (3), 9(1)(b) of the Regulation 2018/1725.
I would like to point out that the European Commission has the good practice of making such kind of data available to the public and publish them et the present website.
There is an overriding interest in disclosing these documents. As such it is important for the general public to be able to hold the EU accountable for its use of EU budget.
While we do not ask for any sensitive personal information such as telephone numbers or individual data.
Specific purpose in the public interest is demonstrated and the access to these data is necessary and proportionate according to the established practice of EU Institution, giving access to these data at the present website. EU Institutions have to ensure appropriate level of public transparency with regard to the travels of top officials and staff members. The is no reason to assume that the data subject’s legitimate interests might be prejudiced. The information requested is included in the cost statements relating to the official assignments (business trips) of the former Director-General of OLAF, Directors and some other staff members mentioned. The presumption of non-accessibility to OLAF investigation documents is not justified here, since my request concerns business trips and is unrelated with any OLAF secret file.
A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/trav...

Yours faithfully,

Barbara Pelo

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
registration of the request (or of any additional information to be
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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Secretariat General of the European Commission

Dear Ms Pelo,
We refer to your confirmatory applications of 27 April 2019, by which you
requested OLAF to review its decision concerning your requests for public
access to travel expenses of OLAF staff members, and to your complaint
1061/2019/FP to the European Ombudsman.
We have registered your confirmatory applications under the references OCM
(2019)13936 and OCM (2019)13940. Please receive our sincerest apologies
for their late registration, which was due to an administrative error.
Your confirmatory applications are currently being handled with priority.
We will endeavor to reply to you as soon as possible after completing the
necessary inter-service consultations and, if possible, by 5 July 2019.
Yours faithfully,
 
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
EUROPEAN ANTI-FRAUD OFFICE (OLAF)
Directorate  C: Investigation Support
Unit  C.4 – Legal Advice

Rue Joseph II, 30 • B-1000 Brussels (Belgium)
[1]http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud
Our policy regarding personal data protection can be viewed on
[2]http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/about-us/...
 
 
 
 
 

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Dear Ms Pelo,
 
Please find enclosed the reply to the above mentioned subject.
The paper copy is following by registered post.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
EUROPEAN ANTI-FRAUD OFFICE (OLAF)
Directorate C: Investigation Support
Unit C.4 – Legal Advice

Rue Joseph II, 30 • B-1000 Brussels (Belgium)
[1]http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud
Our policy regarding personal data protection can be viewed on
[2]http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/about-us/...
 
 
 
 

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