European Commission & tourism rules on the Formentera / Balearic Islands

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Dear DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW),

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

- all correspondence and notes of meetings/conversations between the Commission and external parties (including governments, public authorities and non-government stakeholders) about Services Directive notification NOT_92633 (regarding regulations for tourism accommodation on the Balearic Islands), since July 20 2020.

This should include any follow-up on this notification by the Commission after the response sent by the Balearic authorities (Consell Insular de Formentera) on 20-07-2020 and any further correspondence with the local authorities.

It should also include contacts with stakeholders such as EU-level and national-level holiday home associations and other interested parties.

In a previous access to documents request (GESTDEM No. 2020/5797) I received two documents on this matter:

- NOT_92633_ES_ECquestions_enIMI comment 12-02-2020 Autonomous community of the Balearic Islands Ares(2020)5816821 European Commission IMI Coordinator for the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands

- NOT_92633_ES_Reply_to_ECquestions_es IMI reply 20-07-2020 Autonomous community of the Balearic Islands Ares(2020)5817025 IMI Coordinator for the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands European Commission

The previous request and the documents are online here:

The background for this request is as follows: the online listing of notifications is part of new steps taken by the Commission since 2020 (in the absence of the Notification Procedure Directive being finalised and agreed) "to ensure that Member States comply with the existing notification obligation under the Services Directive in order to identify and eliminate new potential regulatory barriers." There is, unfortunately, little information in the public domain on how exactly this will work, which means public scrutiny and informed debate is difficult. There is therefore a clear public interest in the release of the requested documents, as an example that throws light on and clarifies the Commission's new approach.

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman
on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Rue d'Edimbourg 26,
1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel. +32 (0)2 893 0930, Mercado Interno, Industria, Emprendimiento y PYMEs

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European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
DG  GROW/B1 – Planning and Briefings