Dear Sir or Madam,
Referring to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 on public access to EU documents and to the 'Aarhus Convention' I would herewith like to ask for access to the following:
All documents—including but not limited to correspondence, emails, minutes, notes (hand written or electronic), audio or video recordings, verbatim reports, operational conclusions, lines to take, briefings, and presentations—related to the meeting on November 11 between Kadri Simson and Snam S.p.A., Shell Companies, Thüga Aktiengesellschaft and N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie.
In consideration of the environment and the current circumstances with the COVID pandemic I would prefer to receive documents electronically.
I would like to make clear I prefer you produce the documents on a rolling basis. At no point should the Commission's search for—or deliberations concerning—certain documents delay the production of others that the Commission has already retrieved and elected to produce.
Should my request be denied wholly or partially, please explain the denial or all deletions referring to specific exemptions in the regulation. Also I would expect the partial release of documents in case of partial exemption according to article 4.6. I reserve the right to appeal.
Please confirm having received this application. I look forward to your reply within 15 business days, according to the regulation.
If anything is unclear or would benefit from further discussion please do not hesitate to contact me by email or on +44 7525 592 738. My address for any written correspondence necessary is Barnaby Pace, Global Witness, Rue Belliard 53, 1000, Bruxelles, Belgique.
Thank you for your assistance.
Thank you for your e-mail of 15/12/2021. We hereby acknowledge receipt of
your application for access to documents, which was registered on
15/12/2021 under reference number GESTDEM 2021/8110.
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 14/01/2022. In case this time limit needs to
be extended, you will be informed in due course.
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Access to documents team (cr)
Dear Mr Pace,
We refer to your e-mail of 15 December 2021 in which you make a request
for access to documents, registered on 15 December 2021 under the above
mentioned reference number. 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, which expires on 14
An extended time limit is needed as the application concerns documents
held by different Services, which must be consulted.
Therefore, we have to extend the time limit with 15 working days in
accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding
public access to documents. The new time limit expires on 04 February
We apologize for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.
DG ENERGY – Access to documents team
Email: [email address]
2. mailto:[email address]
Dear [email address],
I note that the extended deadline for this request has now past and by law under all circumstance the authority should now have responded. Please provide an urgent update on the progress of this request.
Dear [email address],
I note that nearly a month has passed since I requested an update on this request which is extremely long overdue with no response. Please provide an immediate update.
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 'Access to documents request: 2021-11-11 meeting between Kadri Simson and Snam S.p.A., Shell Companies, Thüga Aktiengesellschaft and N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie'.
This request is now long overdue and I have not received any updates from DG Energy despite several prompts.
A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/acces...
Thank you for your email dated 17/06/2022 by which you request, pursuant
to Regulation No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament,
Council and Commission documents, a review of the position taken by DG
ENER in reply to your initial application GESTDEM 2021/8110.
We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 20/06/2022 (Ares(2022)4520693).
Your application will be handled within 15 working days (11/07/2022). In
case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due
Please be informed that the answer to your confirmatory application is a
formal Commission decision that will be notified to you by express
delivery. Thank you for providing your contact phone number, so that the
external delivery service can contact you in case of absence.
Please note that the Commission will not use your phone number for any
other purpose than for informing the delivery service, and that it will
delete it immediately thereafter.
Access to documents team (cr)
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Dear Mr Pace,
I refer to your email of 17 June 2022, registered on 20 June 2022, by
which you submit a confirmatory application in accordance with Article
7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European
Parliament, Council and Commission documents ("Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001"), registered under reference numbers above.
Your confirmatory application is currently being handled. Unfortunately,
we have not yet been able to finalize the internal consultations needed to
carry out a full analysis of your request and to take a final decision.
Therefore, we have not been in a position to reply to your confirmatory
request within the prescribed time limit which expires 11 July 2022.
Consequently, we have to extend this period by another 15 working days in
accordance with Article 8(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001. The new
deadline expires on 2 August 2022.
I regret this additional delay and sincerely apologise for any
inconvenience this may cause. However, I can assure you that we are doing
our utmost to provide you with a final reply as soon as possible.
Mariusz Daca, Ph.D.
Deputy Head of Unit
Unit C.1 (Transparency, Document Management and Access to Documents)