Dear DG energy, DG Clima, Dg Grow, Secretariat General,
From: Belen Balanya, Corporate Europe Observatory
Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels.
12 July 2020 RE: Access to Documents related to the Hydrogen strategy

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:

1- all correspondence (including email) between 1st December 2019 and 12 July 2020 between Commissioner Simson, Commissioner Timmermans, Commissioner Breton, President van der Leyren, and/or their cabinets and/or officials from the European Commission on one hand and representatives from IOGP, Shell, Total, BP, Equinor, ZEP, the Global CCS Institute, Hydrogen Europe, the Hydrogen Council, Business Europe, the European Roundtable for Industry, GasNaturally, Eurogás, ENTSO-G, Snam, Enagás, Fluxys, Open Grid Europe, GRTGaz, Teréga, Eurofer, ArcelorMittal, FTI Consulting, Fleishman Hillard, Alstom, Engie, Air Liquide, Toyota, Gas for Climate consortium, Gas Infrastructure Europe on the other, in which the Hydrogen strategy was addressed.

2 - list of meetings between 1st December 2019 and 12 July 2020 between officials and representatives of the European Commission on one hand and representatives from IOGP, Shell, Total, BP, Equinor, ZEP, the Global CCS Institute, Hydrogen Europe, the Hydrogen Council, Business Europe, the European Roundtable for Industry, GasNaturally, Eurogás,ENTSO-G, Snam, Enagás, Fluxys, Open Grid Europe, GRTGaz, Teréga, Eurofer, ArcelorMittal, FTI Consulting, Fleishman Hillard, Alstom, Engie, Air Liquide, Toyota, Gas for Climate consortium, Gas Infrastructure Europe on the other, in which the the Hydrogen strategy was addressed.

3 - 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

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Dear Ms Balanya,

 

We refer to your request for access to documents dated 12 July 2020,
registered on 13 July 2020 under the above mentioned reference number.

 

We are not in a position to complete the handling of your application
within the time limit of 15 working days, which expires on 4 August 2020.

 

In accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding
public access to documents we have to extend the time limit by 15 working
days, the new deadline is set for 28 August 2020.

 

We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Sincerely,

 

Access to Documents team

 

    

European Commission

Directorate-General for Climate Action

Av. de Beaulieu 24

1049 Brussels

 

Dear Climate Action,

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I hereby submit a confirmatory application regarding my access to documents request sent on 12 July 2020 (reference number GestDem 2020/4245).

The extended deadline to reply to my request expired on 28 August 2020 and I have not received any further message, neither the documents I had asked for.

I urge you to disclose the requested information in the shortest time possible.
kind regards,

Belen Balanya

Action pour le climat

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Dear Ms Balanya,

 

Further to your application for access to documents – Ref GestDem No
2020/4245, please find attached the reply.

 

According to standard operational procedure, the reply is usually also
sent to you by registered post. Please note, however, that due to the
extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during to
the COVID-19 epidemics, which include the requirement for all Commission
non-critical staff to telework, we are unfortunately not in a position to
follow this procedure until further notice.

 

We would therefore appreciate if you could confirm receipt of the present
e-mail by replying to [1][email address]

 

We apologise for the late reply and for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Kind regards,

 

Access to Documents team

 

    

European Commission

Directorate-General for Climate Action

Av. de Beaulieu 24

1049 Brussels

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Dear Ms Balanya,

Many thanks for your email.

We sincerely apologise for the delay in the reply to your request registered with reference Gestdem 2020/4245.

Due to an administrative error, your reply was overdue. We have proceed to reply to your request today.

We would appreciate if you could confirm receipt of our reply to your request.

In view of our reply, we would appreciate if you could confirm your interest in launching a confirmatory request.

Many thanks for your cooperation,

Kind regards,

Access to Documents team


European Commission
Directorate-General for Climate Action
Av. de Beaulieu 24
1049 Brussels

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Dear Ms Balanya,

We would grateful if you could confirm the acknowledge receipt of the reply sent to you on 25 September by replying to [email address]. As explained in our previous email, according to standard operational procedure, the reply is usually also sent to you by registered post. However, due to the extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during to the COVID-19 epidemics, we are unfortunately not in a position to follow this procedure for your request.

The acknowledgment of receipt is very relevant considering the large amount of documents disclosed for your request.

In addition to our request, we would like to know if you still wish to launch the confirmatory application that you requested on 24 September 2020. If this is the case, we will transmit your request to the Secretariat-General of the Commission, who reviews the confirmatory applications.

Finally, I would like to apologise again for the delay in treating your request.

Sincerely,

Access to Documents team

European Commission
Directorate-General for Climate Action
Av. de Beaulieu 24
1049 Brussels

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Dear Climate Action,

Thanks for your recent mails and the disclosed documents. I'm not able to confirm by mail that I have received them (the email address gets removed in the ask the eu site) but I confirm here.

And indeed there's no need to further proceed with the confirmatory application,

kind regards,

Belen Balanya

Action pour le climat

Dear Ms Balanya,

Many thanks for your confirmation and your understanding.

Kind regards,

Access to Documents team

European Commission
Directorate-General for Climate Action
Av. de Beaulieu 24
1049 Brussels

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