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Your application for access to documents – Ref GestDem No 2021/1161
Dear Mr Youriev,
We refer to your e-mail dated 1 March 2021 in which you make a request for access to
documents, registered on 2 March 2021 under the above-mentioned reference number.
You requested access to “documents that contain the following information:
All correspondence, including emails, sent and received since 01/01/2019,
between the Commissioner for Climate Action, his cabinet, his officials, and
any other representatives of DG CLIMA, and representatives from
International Airlines Group (IAG).
List of meetings, including the meeting’s minutes, since 01/01/2019, between
officials and representatives of DG CLIMA and representatives from
International Airlines Group (IAG).”
Your application concerns the following documents:
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111
Since documents 1 and 3 originate from a third party, the originator of the documents have
been consulted pursuant to Article 4, paragraph 4 of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001.
Following an examination of documents under the provisions of Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001 regarding public access to documents and taking into account the opinion of the
third party, I regret to inform you that a complete disclosure of the documents is prevented
by the exception concerning the protection of privacy and the integrity of the individual
outlined in Article 4(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, because they contain: names
and contact information of Commission staff members not pertaining to the senior
management; names and contact details of other natural persons and other information
relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.
Article 9(1)(b) of the Data Protection Regulation does not allow the transmission of these
personal data, except if you prove that it is necessary to have the data transmitted to you for
a specific purpose in the public interest and where there is no reason to assume that the
legitimate interests of the data subject might be prejudiced. In your request, you do not
express any particular interest to have access to these personal data nor do you put forward
any arguments to establish the necessity to have the data transmitted for a specific purpose
in the public interest.
Consequently, I conclude that, pursuant to Article 4(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001, access cannot be granted to the personal data contained in the documents, as the
need to obtain access thereto for a purpose in the public interest has not been substantiated
and there is no reason to think that the legitimate interests of the individuals concerned
would not be prejudiced by disclosure of the personal data concerned.
Please note that the list of meetings of the Director-General of DG CLIMA with
organisations and self-employed individuals are available in the links enclosed below:
As regards document 2, please note that it was drawn up for internal use. It solely reflect the
author's interpretation of the interventions made and do not set out any official position of the
third parties to which the document refers, which were not consulted on its content. They do
not reflect the position of the Commission and cannot be quoted as such.
In case you would disagree with this position, you are entitled, in accordance with Article
7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, to submit 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:
Unit C.1. ‘Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents’
B-1049 Brussels, or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Luca DE CARLI
Electronically signed on 15/04/2021 20:19 (UTC+02) in accordance with article 11 of Commission Decision C(2020) 4482