Ref. Ares(2016)1151420 - 07/03/2016
Directorate A - Green Economy
ENV.A.3 - Chemicals
By registered letter with acknowledgment of
Mr Vincent Harmsen
Advance copy by email
: [FOI #2582 email]
Subject: Your application for access to documents - Ref GestDem No 2016 - 709
I refer to your e-mail dated 12/02/2016 and registered under the above mentioned
In your e-mail you make the following request for access to documents:
"…all communication, including emails, and documents (agendas, minutes, list of
participants, etc) related to the bilateral US-EU workshop on endocrine disrupters (also
spelled: disruptors) which took place October 6th and 7th 2015".
You will find a list of the identified documents in the annex to this letter.
You may reuse the documents, which originate from the Commission, free of charge for
non-commercial and commercial purposes provided that the source is acknowledged, that
you do not distort the original meaning or message of the documents. Please note that the
Commission does not assume liability stemming from the reuse.
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111
Office: BU-9 05/147 - Tel. direct line +32 229-65015
One of the documents originates from a third party whose agreement for disclosure DG
Environment has not received within the requested deadline. Thus it is not disclosed due
to the copyright possessed by the authors (Article 4(2), 1st indent of Regulation (EC) No
The other documents that originate from third parties and for which we received an
agreement for disclosure, are disclosed for information only and cannot be re-used
without the agreement of the originators, who hold a copyright on them. They do not
reflect the position of the Commission and cannot be quoted as such.
In addition, some of the documents to which you have requested access, contain personal
data which was blanked out following the justification provided below.
Pursuant to Article 4(1) (b) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, access to a document has to
be refused if its disclosure would undermine the protection of privacy and the integrity of
the individual, in particular in accordance with Community legislation regarding the
protection of personal data. The applicable legislation in this field is Regulation (EC) No
45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the
protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the
Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data1.
When access is requested to documents containing personal data, Regulation (EC) No
45/2001 becomes fully applicable2. According to Article 8(b) of this Regulation, personal
data shall only be transferred to recipients if they establish the necessity of having the data
transferred to them and if there is no reason to assume that the legitimate rights of the
persons concerned might be prejudiced.
We consider that, with the information available, the necessity of disclosing the
aforementioned personal data to you has not been established and that it cannot be assumed
that such disclosure would not prejudice the legitimate rights of the persons concerned.
Therefore, we are disclosing the documents requested expunged from this personal data.
If you wish to receive these personal data, we invite you to provide us with arguments
showing the need for having these personal data transferred to you and the absence of
adverse effects to the legitimate rights of the persons whose personal data should be
In case you would disagree with the assessment that the expunged data are personal data
which can only be disclosed if such disclosure is legitimate under the rules of personal data
protection, you are entitled, in accordance with Article 7(2) of Regulation 1049/2001, to
make a confirmatory application requesting the Commission to review this position.
1 Official Journal L 8 of 12.1.2001, p. 1
2 Judgment of the Court of Justice of the EU of 29 June 2010 in case 28/08 P, Commission/The Bavarian
Lager Co. Ltd, ECR 2010 I-06055.
Such a confirmatory application should be addressed within 15 working days upon receipt
of this letter to the Secretary-General of the Commission at the following address:
Transparency unit SG-B-4
or by email to: [adresse e-mail]
Head of Unit
Annex: List of Identified Documents GestDem 2016-709
Electronically signed on 07/03/2016 11:30 (UTC+01) in accordance with article 4.2 (Validity of electronic documents) of Commission Decision 2004/563