From: Belen Balanya, Corporate Europe Observatory
Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels.
19 December 2019 RE: Access to Documents related to European Green Deal

Dear sirs,
Referring to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 on public access to EU documents and to the 'Aarhus Regulation' (see note), I would herewith like to ask for access to the following:

1- all correspondence (including email) since 1st January 2019 between the former Commissioner for Clima and his cabinet and/or officials and representatives of DG Clima on one hand and representatives from BusinessEurope, Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Total, BP, CEFIC, the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP), EUROGAS, FuelsEurope, the European Energy Forum, Hydrogen Europe, ETIP ZEP (ZEP), the Technical Committee of Petroleum Additive Manufacturers in Europe AISBL (ATC), AssociationTechnique de l’Industrie Européenne des Lubrifiants (ATIEL), European Biodiesel Board (EBB), Fédération belge des industries chimiques et des sciences de la vie (essenscia), European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET), and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) on the other, in which the European Green Deal was addressed.

2 - list of meetings since 1st January 2019 between officials and representatives of DG Clima on one hand and representatives from BusinessEurope, Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Total, BP, CEFIC, the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP), EUROGAS, FuelsEurope, the European Energy Forum, Hydrogen Europe, ETIP ZEP (ZEP), the Technical Committee of Petroleum Additive Manufacturers in Europe AISBL (ATC), AssociationTechnique de l’Industrie Européenne des Lubrifiants (ATIEL), European Biodiesel Board (EBB), Fédération belge des industries chimiques et des sciences de la vie (essenscia), European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET), and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) on the other, in which the European Green Deal was addressed.

3 - minutes of the meetings mentioned above

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.

To the extent possible, we prefer the documents in electronic format. Documents that cannot be sent in electronic format should be sent to Corporate Europe Observatory, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels.

Should my request be denied wholly or partially, please explain the denial or all deletions referring to specific exemptions in the regulation. Also I 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.

Thank you for your assistance.

Belen Balanya
Corporate Europe Observatory

Acción por el Clima

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Dear Madam,

 

Thank you for your e-mail from 19 December 2019. We hereby acknowledge
receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered
on 8 January 2020 under reference number GestDem 2020/0151.

 

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
29/01/2019. 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 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 also that the European Commission is not responsible for any
possible processing of personal data by the private organisation running
the AsktheEU.org website, through which you have channelled your request.
Please refer to their privacy policy.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Access to Documents team

 

    

European Commission

Directorate-General for Climate Action

Av. de Beaulieu 24

1049 Brussels

 

 

 

 

Acción por el Clima

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Dear Ms Balanya,

 

We refer to your request for access to documents dated 19 December 2019,
registered on 8 January 2020 under the above mentioned reference number.

 

We are not in a position to complete the handling of your application
within the time limit of 15 working days, which expires today. The
application has a broad scope and could concern documents held by
different Services that needed to be consulted.

 

In accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding
public access to documents we have to extend the time limit by 15 working
days, the new deadline is set for 19 February 2020.

 

We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Sincerely,

 

Access to Documents team

 

    

European Commission

Directorate-General for Climate Action

Av. de Beaulieu 24

1049 Brussels

 

 

Acción por el Clima

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Dear Ms Balanya,
 
Enclosed please find an advance copy of our reply :
 
 
Kind regards,
 
Access to Documents team
 
    
European Commission
Directorate-General for Climate Action
Av. de Beaulieu 24
1049 Brussels
 
 
 
 

Dear Climate Action,

The extended date of your response is overdue, I'd be grateful if you could send the rest of the documents as soon as possible,

kind regards,

Belen Balanya

Acción por el Clima

Dear Ms Balanya,

DG CLIMA replied to the Gestdem case 2020/0151 on 31 January 2020, following the reply the case was considered closed. We can send you the electronic version again if you confirm that you did not receive our initial reply.

If case you would disagree with the personal data redacted in the two identified documents, 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 its position as explained in the reply letter.

We remain at your disposal if you have any further queries.

Best regards,

Access to documents team
European Commission
Directorate-General for Climate Action
Av. de Beaulieu 24
1049 Brussels

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Dear Climate Action,

Thanks for your mail. In you response you said "Enclosed please find an advance copy of our reply", so I thought those were the initial documents found and that you would be sending more. Are you confirming those are all documents?

kind regards,

Belen Balanya

Acción por el Clima

Dear Ms Balanya,

The electronic version is considered an advance copy due to the fact that a hard copy is sent to your postal address as well. I can confirm that DG CLIMA identified only the documents referred in the letter provided on 31 January 2020.

Kind regards,

Access to documents team
European Commission
Directorate-General for Climate Action
Av. de Beaulieu 24
1049 Brussels

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