Ref. Ares(2020)7468312 - 09/12/2020
EUROPEAN EXTERNAL ACTION SERVICE
DG Budget and Administration
eeas.sg.affgen.2 (2020) 7826172
Mr Lukas Schulze-Rohr
Subject: Your request for access to documents
Our ref.: 2020/102
Dear Mr Schulze-Rohr,
Thank you for your confirmatory application of 6/10/2020, following your request for access to
I have carefully studied your initial request, dated 17/8/2020, as well as the EEAS reply
nº 2020/102, which was sent to you on 11/9/2020. You initially requested documents in
connection with the deployment of naval assets used during EUNAVFOR Med - Operation
Sophia. In your confirmatory application, you asked the EEAS to re-examine your request and
suggested finding some alternatives, such as ‘providing the extracts from the databases or
data related to the proportions of contributions from the Member States, data grouped by
regions (aggregated by continents), or troop deployment at the moment of its implementation.’
Therefore, following your confirmatory application, relevant EEAS Divisions have re-examined
your application based on your arguments.
Please note that a specific database describing the names of the surface vessels, months and
year of deployment and persons rescued per months in Operation Sophia does not exist and it
is therefore not possible to provide you with extracts from such databases. Documents
concerning Operation Sophia have only recently been transferred to the EEAS and they
needed to be processed according to our archiving rules. This is why it has taken us longer
than expected to find pieces of information you are looking for.
It is to be noted that under the legal framework for public access to documents, an institution
is not obliged to create new documents. However, in the light of the principle of transparency,
and thanks to a great effort by our colleagues under current circumstances, I am pleased to
provide you the attached document in a form of spreadsheet containing the data requested by
you to the extent possible.
The number of persons rescued by the Operation is approximate since for some months it
was not possible to find in our archives the actual numbers of persons rescued directly by
Operation SOPHIA naval assets.
Service Européen pour l'Action Extérieure, B-1049 Bruxelles / Europese dienst voor extern optreden, B-1049 Brussel - Belgium.
Telephone: (32-2) 584 11 11.
Since 1 April 2019 no naval assets have been provided by Member States to the Operation,
thus EUNAVFOR MED performed its tasks with airborne assets until the expiration of its
Finally, we would like to point out that you can find the names of the surface vessels on
EUNAVFOR MED OPS IRINI’s web page where there is a comprehensive list of all vessels
both presently deployed and units no longer involved: https://www.operationirini.eu/media_category/assets/?deployment=any&tax=media_category&
If you are not satisfied with this response you may, in accordance with Article 8 of the
Regulation, institute court proceedings against the European External Action Service or make
a complaint to the Ombudsman, under the conditions laid down in Articles 263 and 228 of the
Treaty on the Functioning of the EU respectively.
Gianmarco Di Vita
Electronically signed on 09/12/2020 14:18 (UTC+01) in accordance with article 11 of Commission Decision C(2020) 4482