Ref. Ares(2017)802781 - 14/02/2017
Directorate B - Circular Economy & Green Growth
ENV.B.2 - Sustainable Chemicals
By registered letter with acknowledgment of
Mr Vincent Harmsen
c/o Simon de Bergeyck
Rue au Bois 216
Advance copy by email:
Subject: Your application for access to documents: Ref GestDem No 2016 – 7238
We refer to your e-mail dated 22/12/2016 in which you make a request for access to
documents registered under the above mentioned reference number and our holding reply
Ref. Ares(2017)353973 - 23/01/2017.
You requested access to: "…-on the topic of endocrine disruptors (also spelled: disrupters), all emails with in
attachment scientific studies, or in general documents containing conclusions drawn by
scientists or scientific organisations, sent to officials/representatives of the European
Commission (all DGs, including the SG) by third parties (between March 15th 2016 and
December 22th 2016).
This request entails the emails and their attachments.
When 'officials' are mentioned in this request this includes the Commissioners and their
Cabinet members, as well as the Commission President and his Cabinet."
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111
Office: BU-9 05/147 - Tel. direct line +32 229-65015
We have identified the following documents:
1. Email from ENDOCRINE.ORG of 25/04/2016 on FW: Letter from the
Endocrine Society Regarding new EDC Manuscript;
2. Annex 1
: Slama et al., EHP 250416; Available online at:
3. Annex 2
: INSERM Press Release. Availble online at:
4. Email from ECHA Committee Socio-economic Analysis of 20/05/2016 on
FW: Report on health costs of EDCs.
In addition, we inform you that DG ENV also received some further documents which
have already been disclosed by DG SANTE in their reply to you with GestDem number
2016/7237 within the scope of the same request. Therefore we are not providing them
Please note that documents received from a third party are disclosed for information only
and cannot be re-used without the agreement of the originators, who holds a copyright on
it. These documents do not reflect the position of the Commission and cannot be quoted
Finally, some of these documents contain personal data.
Pursuant to Article 4(1) (b) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, access to a document has
to be refused if its disclosure would undermine the protection of privacy and the integrity
of the individual, in particular in accordance with Community legislation regarding the
protection of personal data. The applicable legislation in this field is Regulation (EC) No
45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the
protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the
Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data .
When access is requested to documents containing personal data, Regulation (EC) No
45/2001 becomes fully applicable.
According to Article 8(b) of this Regulation, personal data shall only be transferred to
recipients if they establish the necessity of having the data transferred to them and if
there is no reason to assume that the legitimate rights of the persons concerned might be
We consider that, with the information available, the necessity of disclosing the
aforementioned personal data to you has not been established and/or that it cannot be
assumed that such disclosure would not prejudice the legitimate rights of the persons
concerned. Therefore, we are disclosing the documents requested expunged from this
In case you would disagree with the assessment that the expunged data are personal data
which can only be disclosed if such disclosure is legitimate under the rules of personal
data protection, you are entitled, in accordance with Article 7(2) of Regulation
1049/2001, to make a confirmatory application requesting the Commission to review this
Such a confirmatory application should be addressed within 15 working days upon
receipt of this letter to the Secretary-General of the Commission at the following address:
Transparency unit SG-B-4
or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the above, we would like to let you know that we have just identified a set
of documents which may be within the scope of your request. We need to asses them
and, if there are documents originating from third parties, we would also need to consult
them. Therefore in case any of these newly identified documents is within the scope of
your request, we will give you a reply in relation to them.
Head of Unit
Electronically signed on 14/02/2017 12:02 (UTC+01) in accordance with article 4.2 (Validity of electronic documents) of Commission Decision 2004/563