External consultants spending

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Dear Joint Research Centre (JRC),

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:

Please provide details of the department's spending on external
consultants for each of the last five financial years (2009-2013).

Please also provide a breakdown by year of which firms this money was spent with.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Harris
60 Chemin des Mouilles
69131 Écully

Centro Común de Investigación

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 13/12/2014. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 16/12/2014 under reference number GestDem 2014/6051.

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 16/01/2014. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

Best regards,


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Centro Común de Investigación

Dear Mr Harris,

The Financial Transparency System website (http://ec.europa.eu/budget/fts/index_en....) lets you search through the beneficiaries of funding from the EU budget paid by the Commission directly (since 2007), and beneficiaries of the European Development Fund (since 2010). Search results include:

• who receives the funds (beneficiary)
• subject, i.e. the purpose of the expenditure
• where the beneficiary is located (country, if they are natural persons the information on location is limited to region according to the NUTS2 classification, post code)
• amount and type of expenditure (operational vs. administrative)
• which responsible department (directorate-general (DG) or agency) awarded the funding
• which part of the EU budget (budget line) it comes from
• when (year) the amount was booked in the accounts

Further information about the expenditure selected can be asked through the website itself.

Best regards,


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Dear Joint Research Centre (JRC),

Thanks for your response.

I'm afraid the FTS does not allow me to search for your department's spending on external consultancy between 2009-2013.

In addition, any search I try returns a HTP/500 error.

Please therefore provide the information originally requested.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Harris

Centro Común de Investigación

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Dear Chris Harris,

Subject: Your application for access to documents – Ref GestDem No
2014/4032; 2014/6188; 2014/6142; 2014/6129; 2014/6091; 2014/6072;
2014/6064; 2014/6063; 2014/6051; 2014/6043; 2014/6042; 2014/6021;
2014/6018; 2014/6017; 2014/6012; 2014/6011; 2014/6010; 2014/6008;
2014/6006; 2014/5994; 2014/5988 and 2014/3714.

We refer to your e-mails dated from 11/12/2014 to 19/12/2014 in which you
make requests for access to documents under the above-mentioned reference

We have identified the following document as falling under the scope of
your request:

o Title: Total external consultancy expenditure per DG 2009 -2011

Author: Nandor Vass

Date: 12/06/2013

o Title: Total external consultancy expenditure per DG 2012 -2013

Author: Nandor Vass

Date: 25/03/2014

Please find enclosed a copy of the documents requested.

It includes an indication of the topics of the items, the names of the
providers, the country where the providers have their seats, as well as
the date when the budget appropriations were committed by the authorising
officers (where available).

For the sake of coherence, consultancy was defined as "services provided
by external firms with a primary purpose of giving expert advice". Cost
items such as those related to outsourcing of operational activities and
IT development were not included in the list.

The data on which the compilation is based were encoded in a decentralised
manner by the individual DGs.

Also, we are aware that you have already received some individual
responses from some DGs. However this response is intended as a general,
consistent one on behalf of all DGs, so as to present the data in a
unified manner and to make it easier to navigate for you.

Yours sincerely,

Hegay Pierre
European Commission
Directorate-General for Budget
Information and Communication

Avenue d´Auderghem, 19
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium



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