From: Belen Balanya, Corporate Europe Observatory
Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels.
19 December 2018
RE: Access to Documents related to biomass/RED

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:

- all correspondence (including email) between 1st June 2016 and 30th November 2016 between the Commissioner for Energy and/or his cabinet and/or officials and representatives of DG Energy on one hand and representatives from the Confederation of European Private Foresters, Drax, Enviva, EUBIA (the European Biomass Industry Association), IEA Bioenergy, REA (UK renewable energy association), Bioenergy Europe (formerly AEBIOM), Svebio (the Swedish Bioenergy Association), DI Bioenergi (the Danish Bioenergy Association), Bioenergia (the Bioenergy Association of Finland), EBA, (the Estonian Biomass Association), EREA (the Estonian Renewable Energy Association), LATbio (The Latvian biomass association), LAEF (Latvian Renewable Energy federation) and/or WBA (World Bioenergy Association) on the other, in which the issue of sustainability criteria for biomass within the revised Renewable Energy Directive was addressed.

- list of meetings between 1st June 2016 and 30th November 2016 between officials and representatives of DG Energy on one hand and representatives from the Confederation of European Private Foresters, Drax, Enviva, EUBIA (the European Biomass Industry Association), IEA Bioenergy, REA (UK renewable energy association), Bioenergy Europe (formerly AEBIOM), Svebio (the Swedish Bioenergy Association), DI Bioenergi (the Danish Bioenergy Association), Bioenergia (the Bioenergy Association of Finland), EBA, (the Estonian Biomass Association), EREA (the Estonian Renewable Energy Association), LATbio (The Latvian biomass association), LAEF (Latvian Renewable Energy federation) and/or WBA (World Bioenergy Association) on the other, in which the issue of sustainability criteria for biomass within the revised Renewable Energy Directive was addressed.

- 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
Note: See Regulation (EC) n. 1367/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 September 2006 on the application of the provisions of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters to Community Institutions and bodies (hereinafter "Aarhus Regulation")

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[1]Ares(2018)6582132 - RE: access to documents request - sustainability
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Dear Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 19/12/2018. We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
20/12/2018 under reference number GestDem 2018/6906.

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 22/01/2019. In case this time limit needs to
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Carlos Remis
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Dear Ms Balaya,
We refer to your e-mails dated 19/12/2018, in which you made four requests
for access to documents, sent from several email addresses,

* [1][FOI #6214 email] (GestDem 2018/6906)
* [2][email address] (GestDem 2018/6908)
* [3][email address] (GestDem 2018/6926)

* [4][email address] (GestDem 2018/6928)

registered on 20/12/2018 under the above mentioned reference numbers (See
below a summary of the scope)
Your requests are 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 expired on 22/01/2019.
An extended time limit is needed for thorough analysis as to the
availability of the documents requested. In addition, the documents
originate from third parties which have to 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 12/02/2019.
We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.
Yours sincerely,
 
Thierry LIBERT
 
European Commission – DG Energy
Unit ENER.A.1 - Energy Policy Coordination
Phone: +32 2 29 80503 | Mobile: +32 473 71 19 08
Email: [5][email address] 
 
SUMMARY OF THE SCOPE OF YOUR REQUESTS
 
Request for access to
all correspondence (including email)
list of meetings
minutes of the meetings (from the list)
 
in which the issue of sustainability criteria for biomass within the
revised Renewable Energy Directive was addressed,
 
For two periods of time:
2018/6906 et 2018/6926: between 1st June 2016 and 30th November 2016
2018/6908 et 2018/6926 : between 1st February 2018 and 30th June 2018
 
Between

* the Commissioner for Energy and/or his cabinet and/or officials and
representatives of DG Energy
* officials and representatives of DG Energy

and two series of companies
 

* Series 1 in GestDem 2018/6906 et 2018/6908

1.      the Confederation of European Private Foresters,
2.      Drax,
3.      Enviva,
4.      EUBIA (the European Biomass Industry Association),
5.      IEA Bioenergy,
6.      REA (UK renewable energy association),
7.      Bioenergy Europe (formerly AEBIOM),
8.      Svebio (the Swedish Bioenergy Association),
9.      DI Bioenergi (the Danish Bioenergy Association),
10.     Bioenergia (the Bioenergy Association of Finland),
11.     EBA, (the Estonian Biomass Association),
12.     EREA (the Estonian Renewable Energy Association),
13.     LATbio (The Latvian biomass association),
14.     LAEF (Latvian Renewable Energy federation) and/or
15.     WBA (World Bioenergy Association) on the other,
 

* Series 2 in GestDem 2018/6926 et 2018/6928

1.      COPA-COGECA,
2.      EUSTAFOR,
3.      US Industrial Pellet Association,
4.      UPM,
5.      Metsa,
6.      Neste Oil,
7.      Fortum,
8.      Port of Rotterdam and/or
9.      MTK (Finish Federation of Agricultural Producers and Forest
Owners) on the other,
 
 

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