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DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Planning, finance, data
B1. Planning & Briefings
Ms Lora Verheecke
9 Rue du Bronze
Your application for access to documents – GESTDEM 2021/4150
Dear Ms Verheecke,
We refer to your e-mail of 23 June 2021 in which you make a request for access to
documents, registered on the same day under the above-mentioned reference number.
You request access to: “All documentation (including but not limited to all email
correspondence, attendance lists, agendas, background papers, transcripts and
recordings) AND the meeting minutes/notes relating to the meeting between Joan Canton
and EDF, ArcolorMittal, UPM-Kymmene Oyj (UPM) and Fortum Oyj (Fortum
Corporation) on Clean Hydrogen alliance; fit for 55 package on 18th May 2021”.
We have identified the enclosed document falling within the scope of your request.
A complete disclosure of the identified document is prevented by the exception
concerning the protection of privacy and the integrity of the individual outlined in Article
4(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, because they contain the following personal
data: the names/initials and functions of natural persons.
Article 9(1)(b) of the Data Protection Regulation does not allow the transmission of these
personal data, except if you prove that it is necessary to have the data transmitted to you
for a specific purpose in the public interest and where there is no reason to assume that
the legitimate interests of the data subject might be prejudiced. In your request, you do
not express any particular interest to have access to these personal data nor do you put
forward any arguments to establish the necessity to have the data transmitted for a
specific purpose in the public interest.
Consequently, I conclude that, pursuant to Article 4(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001, access cannot be granted to the personal data contained in the requested
documents, as the need to obtain access thereto for a purpose in the public interest has
not been substantiated and there is no reason to think that the legitimate interests of the
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individuals concerned would not be prejudiced by disclosure of the personal data
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Electronically signed on 20/07/2021 15:15 (UTC+02) in accordance with article 11 of Commission Decision C(2020) 4482