2007/2008 Communications

La demande est partiellement réussie.

Dear European Central Bank,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001 and in the ECB's own 2003 Regulation, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

1) Letters exchanged (sent and received) between the ECB and a) Irish Department of Finance b) Department of the Taoiseach and c) Irish Central Bank between January 2007 and December 2008.

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Sheridan

Secretariat Inbound e-mails,

Dear Mr Sheridan,

The ECB hereby confirms receipt, on 12 May 2014, of your application for
access to documents as outlined in your e-mail below.

Please note that access to ECB documents is governed by Decision
ECB/2004/3 (the unofficial consolidated version of this ECB Decision is
available on the<ECB website
<[1]http://www.ecb.europa.eu/ecb/legal/pdf/0...> >).

According to this Decision, the ECB shall provide a reply to your
application within 20 working days. Of course, we will make every effort
to respond to you within that deadline. However, as your request covers a
wide span of time and may require the consultation of third parties, we
would like to inform you already at this stage that – as regards your
application for access to documents as specified under points a) and b) –
we may need to invoke Article 7.3 of the Decision extending the time limit
provided to reply by a further 20 working days. Should this be the case,
we will inform you accordingly.
 
As regards your request for access to documents as specified under point
c), we should like to inform you that your application is not sufficiently
precise. The ECB is in constant interaction with all euro area national
central banks on a wide range of issues. Therefore, we would kindly ask
you, in line with Article 6.2 of the Decision, to specify the subject
matter that is of particular interest to you. Once we have received this
information, we will start identifying the relevant letters.
Yours faithfully,

DG-Secretariat
European Central Bank
Kaiserstrasse 29
60311 Frankfurt am Main.
[email address]
Phone+49 69 1344 0
Fax: +49 69 1344 6170
 
 

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Dear Secretariat Inbound e-mails,

In relation to part (c) of my request:

Please release any records relating to

1) General bank lending into the Irish economy
2) The amount of lending related to property
3) Irish bank reliance on overnight/short term borrowing
4) Measures undertaken to address imbalances in the Irish economy
5) Any warnings around the above issues
6) Communications specifically relating to Anglo Irish Bank
7) Communications specifically relating to the 2008 Bank Guarantee

Gavin Sheridan

Yours sincerely,

Gavin

Secretariat Inbound e-mails,

Dear Mr Sheridan,
 
Thank you for your response. Unfortunately your specification regarding
the “letters exchanged (sent and received) between the ECB and …….c) the
Irish Central Bank between January 2007 and December 2008” for all the
topics you mention under 1-7 below is too extensive/broad in terms of
subject matter over a long period of time.
 
An application for access to such an extensive list of topics cannot be
adequately addressed by our resources according to the deadlines
stipulated in Decision ECB/2004/3.  We would therefore ask that you
specify still further the topic(s) that are of particular interest to you
and further define the relevant time frame.
 
Please note that this will not affect the ECB’s response to parts a) and
b) of your original request, which we are currently working on.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
DG-Secretariat
European Central Bank
Kaiserstrasse 29
60311 Frankfurt am Main.
[email address]
Phone+49 69 1344 0
Fax: +49 69 1344 6170
 
 
 

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Dear Secretariat Inbound e-mails,

In order to facilitate your request, I will narrow the date range to January - December 2008. Will this suffice?

Yours sincerely,

Gavin

Secretariat Inbound e-mails,

Dear Mr Sheridan,
Thank you for your response.
As mentioned already in our initial reply, an application for access to
such an extensive list of topics cannot be adequately addressed by our
resources according to the deadlines stipulated in Decision ECB/2004/3.
Obviously, reducing the time span to one year facilitates matters.
However, your specification for “letters exchanged (sent and received)
between the ECB and …….c) the  Irish Central Bank between January -
December 2008” could be interpreted as covering also letters addressed
from the ECB President to all Governing Council members (and thus
including the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland)  on the occasion of
Governing Council deliberations. Should this be the case, the list of
topics you mention under 1-7 below remains too numerous and also too
broad in terms of subject matter.
We therefore invite you to narrow down/define further your request by
inter alia narrowing down the topic(s) that are of particular interest to
you.
Yours faithfully,
 
DG-Secretariat
European Central Bank
Kaiserstrasse 29
60311 Frankfurt am Main.
[1][email address]
Phone+49 69 1344 0
Fax: +49 69 1344 6170
 
 

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Dear Secretariat Inbound e-mails,

Could you only include communications which were directed only to the Irish Central Bank, and not general communications to all Central Banks?

Do you have a figure for the estimated amount of letter send to all Central Banks?

Yours sincerely,

Gavin

Secretariat Inbound e-mails,

Dear Mr Sheridan,
 
With reference to parts a) and b) of your below request for access to ECB
documents, due to the fact that the third party consultation is still
on-going we are not able to respond to your request by the deadline.
 
We apologise for any inconvenience and will do our best to respond as soon
as possible.
 
Your faithfully,
   
DG Secretariat
European Central Bank
Kaiserstrasse 29
60311 Frankfurt am Main
[1][email address]
Phone+49 69 1344 0
Fax: +49 69 1344 6170
 
 
_____________________________________________
From: Secretariat Inbound e-mails
Sent: 13 May 2014 10:17
To: '[FOI #1341 email]'
Subject: FW: access to information request - 2007/2008 Communications
 
 
Dear Mr Sheridan,

The ECB hereby confirms receipt, on 12 May 2014, of your application for
access to documents as outlined in your e-mail below.

Please note that access to ECB documents is governed by Decision
ECB/2004/3 (the unofficial consolidated version of this ECB Decision is
available on the<ECB website
<[2]http://www.ecb.europa.eu/ecb/legal/pdf/0...> >).

According to this Decision, the ECB shall provide a reply to your
application within 20 working days. Of course, we will make every effort
to respond to you within that deadline. However, as your request covers a
wide span of time and may require the consultation of third parties, we
would like to inform you already at this stage that – as regards your
application for access to documents as specified under points a) and b) –
we may need to invoke Article 7.3 of the Decision extending the time limit
provided to reply by a further 20 working days. Should this be the case,
we will inform you accordingly.
 
As regards your request for access to documents as specified under point
c), we should like to inform you that your application is not sufficiently
precise. The ECB is in constant interaction with all euro area national
central banks on a wide range of issues. Therefore, we would kindly ask
you, in line with Article 6.2 of the Decision, to specify the subject
matter that is of particular interest to you. Once we have received this
information, we will start identifying the relevant letters.
Yours faithfully,

DG-Secretariat
European Central Bank
Kaiserstrasse 29
60311 Frankfurt am Main.
[3][email address]
Phone+49 69 1344 0
Fax: +49 69 1344 6170
 
 

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Dear Mr Sheridan,
 
Please find enclosed the reply from the ECB’s DG Secretariat to points a)
and b) of your below request for access to ECB documents.

Yours faithfully,

DG Secretariat
European Central Bank
Kaiserstrasse 29
60311 Frankfurt am Main

[1][email address]

 
 
 
_____________________________________________
From: Secretariat Inbound e-mails
Sent: 13 May 2014 10:17
To: '[FOI #1341 email]'
Subject: FW: access to information request - 2007/2008 Communications
 
 
Dear Mr Sheridan,

The ECB hereby confirms receipt, on 12 May 2014, of your application for
access to documents as outlined in your e-mail below.

Please note that access to ECB documents is governed by Decision
ECB/2004/3 (the unofficial consolidated version of this ECB Decision is
available on the<ECB website
<[2]http://www.ecb.europa.eu/ecb/legal/pdf/0...> >).

According to this Decision, the ECB shall provide a reply to your
application within 20 working days. Of course, we will make every effort
to respond to you within that deadline. However, as your request covers a
wide span of time and may require the consultation of third parties, we
would like to inform you already at this stage that – as regards your
application for access to documents as specified under points a) and b) –
we may need to invoke Article 7.3 of the Decision extending the time limit
provided to reply by a further 20 working days. Should this be the case,
we will inform you accordingly.
 
As regards your request for access to documents as specified under point
c), we should like to inform you that your application is not sufficiently
precise. The ECB is in constant interaction with all euro area national
central banks on a wide range of issues. Therefore, we would kindly ask
you, in line with Article 6.2 of the Decision, to specify the subject
matter that is of particular interest to you. Once we have received this
information, we will start identifying the relevant letters.
Yours faithfully,

DG-Secretariat
European Central Bank
Kaiserstrasse 29
60311 Frankfurt am Main.
[3][email address]
Phone+49 69 1344 0
Fax: +49 69 1344 6170
 
 

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Secretariat Inbound e-mails,

Dear Mr Sheridan,
 
Thank you for your response.
 
Your request regarding part (c) of your earlier application for access to
ECB documents has now been registered and a reply will be provided to you
in line with ECB Decision/2004/3.
 
According to this Decision, the ECB shall provide a reply to your
application within 20 working days. Of course, we will make every effort
to respond to you within that deadline. However, as your request may
require the consultation of third parties, we would like to inform you
already at this stage that we may need to invoke Article 7.3 of the
Decision extending the time limit provided to reply by a further 20
working days. Should this be the case, we will inform you accordingly.
Regarding you second question the estimated number of letters, merely at
the level of the Governing Council, amounts to approx. 1250 in 2008 (this
number does not include the total number of documents which have been
transmitted to the Governing Council members; it reflects letters only; in
most cases cover letters).
 
Yours faithfully,
 
DG-Secretariat
European Central Bank
Kaiserstrasse 29
60311 Frankfurt am Main.
[1][email address]
 
 
 
 

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Dear Mr Sheridan,

Please find enclosed the reply from the ECB’s DG Secretariat to your below
request for access to ECB documents.

Yours faithfully,

DG Secretariat
European Central Bank
Kaiserstrasse 29
60311 Frankfurt am Main

[1][email address]
 
 
_____________________________________________
From: Secretariat Inbound e-mails
Sent: 18 June 2014 10:49
To: [FOI #1341 email]
Subject: RE: access to information request - 2007/2008 Communications
 
 
Dear Mr Sheridan,
 
Thank you for your response.
 
Your request regarding part (c) of your earlier application for access to
ECB documents has now been registered and a reply will be provided to you
in line with ECB Decision/2004/3.
 
According to this Decision, the ECB shall provide a reply to your
application within 20 working days. Of course, we will make every effort
to respond to you within that deadline. However, as your request may
require the consultation of third parties, we would like to inform you
already at this stage that we may need to invoke Article 7.3 of the
Decision extending the time limit provided to reply by a further 20
working days. Should this be the case, we will inform you accordingly.
Regarding you second question the estimated number of letters, merely at
the level of the Governing Council, amounts to approx. 1250 in 2008 (this
number does not include the total number of documents which have been
transmitted to the Governing Council members; it reflects letters only; in
most cases cover letters).
 
Yours faithfully,
 
DG-Secretariat
European Central Bank
Kaiserstrasse 29
60311 Frankfurt am Main.
[2][email address]
 
 
 
 

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