Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,
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 reports (and other notes) from meetings of representatives of the European Commission, members of the Vaccines Procurement Steering Committee and members of the Joint Negotiation Team (JNT) with representatives of pharmaceutical companies (AstraZeneca and others) about Advance Purchase Agreements (APAs) and the purchase of vaccines against COVID-19.
- all correspondence (including emails and their attachments) between representatives of the European Commission, members of the Vaccines Procurement Steering Committee and members of the Joint Negotiation Team (JNT) and representatives of pharmaceutical companies (AstraZeneca and others) about Advance Purchase Agreements (APAs) and the purchase of vaccines against COVID-19.
- a list of all the above-mentioned documents (including dates, names of participants/senders/recipients and their affiliation, subject of meeting/correspondence).
There is a clear public interest in disclosure of these documents. The Lisbon Treaty oblige the EU institutions to work as openly and as closely as possible to citizens. There is clearly a lot at stake for EU citizens in the vaccine deal negotiations. Citizens have the right to know about these negotiations that are happening on their behalf, involving billions of euros of public money to be spent for the development of vaccines.
Please note that there is also a clear public interest in the release of the names of the members of the Joint Negotiation Team (JNT). The public has the right to know who was negotiating on the EU’s behalf. Knowing the names of the negotiators is a pre-condition for assessing potential conflicts of interest.
This request covers the period September 2020 until today (including meeting notes and correspondence from January 2021). It is a follow-up request to our previous request with reference number GESTDEM 2020/5436 (registered on 15/09/2020), currently the subject of an inquiry by the European Ombudsman.
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We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents,
which was registered on 1 February 2021 under reference number GESTDEM
In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, your application
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Dear Mr HOEDEMAN ,
We refer to your request dated 1 February 2021 in which you make a request
for access to documents, registered on the same date 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 today on 22 February 2021.
An extended time limit is needed due to internal consultations and a
thorough analysis of your request.
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 15 March 2021.
We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.
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