Ref. Ares(2021)1499368 - 26/02/2021
DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR TRADE
By registered letter with
acknowledgment of receipt
Mr Tim Luimes & Mr Tomas Vanheste
The Investigative Desk
1079 RH Amsterdam
Advance copy by email:
Subject: Your application for access to documents – Ref GestDem 2021/505
Dear Mr Luimes,
Dear Mr Vanheste,
I refer to your application dated 26/01/2021, in which you make a request for access to
documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/20011 (‘Regulation 1049/2001’), registered on
26/01/2021 under the above mentioned reference number.
You request access to documents - including but not limited to emails, presentations,
agendas, attendance lists and minutes of meetings - concerning the following subject:
All emergency authorisations since 29 May 2018 for the three substances thiamethoxam,
imidacloprid and clothianidin, of which the use was restricted by the regulations 2018/783,
2018/784 and 2018/785 of 29 May 2018.
On 27/01/2021 the Secretariat-General informed you that your request was split among the
following potentially concerned Directorates-General (DGs): DG Health and Food Safety, DG
Agriculture, DG Environment and DG Trade. The present reply relates accordingly only to any
potential documents held by DG Trade.
1 Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2001 regarding
public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (OJ L 145, 31.5.2001, p. 43).
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111
Office: CHAR 07/067 - Tel. direct line +32 229-60143
After having performed searches in all relevant archiving systems, we hereby inform you that
DG Trade does not hold any documents that would correspond to the description given in your
As specified in Article 2(3) of Regulation 1049/2001, the right of access as defined in that
regulation applies only to existing documents in the possession of the institution.
Given that no such documents, corresponding to the description given in your application,
are held by DG Trade, DG Trade is not in a position to fulfil your request.
In accordance with Article 7(2) of Regulation 1049/2001, you are entitled to make a
confirmatory application requesting the Commission to review this position.
Such a confirmatory application should be addressed within 15 working days upon receipt of
this letter to the Secretariat-General of the Commission at the following address:
Transparency, Document Management & Access to Documents
Rue de la Loi 200/Wetstraat 200
or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronically signed on 24/02/2021 19:21 (UTC+01) in accordance with article 11 of Commission Decision C(2020) 4482