Contacts with non-EU-countries on border security

Mark Akkerman made this Accès à l'information request to Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures

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Dear European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders,

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

- minutes and other reports of meetings between FRONTEX officials and representatives of non-EU-countries in which the issue(s) of border security and/or border control and/or illegal immigration were discussed in the period between April 1st 2015 and today;

- all correspondence (including emails) between FRONTEX officials and representatives of non-EU-countries in which the issue(s) of border security and/or border control and/or illegal immigration were discussed in the period between April 1st 2015 and today.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Akkerman

PAD, Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures

Dear Mr. Akkerman,

 

Thank you for your email and your interest in Frontex activities.

 

We would like to inform you that pursuant to Article 2(1) of Regulation
(EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May
2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and
Commission documents, the right of access to documents is granted to a
citizen of the Union, and any natural or legal person residing or having
its registered office in a Member State.

 

Is it therefore necessary to confirm that you are invested in the right of
access to the documents requested, that is, with an ID
card/passport/residence permit in EU/registration in an EU Member State
(legal persons). You may however refuse to provide the above mentioned
document containing personal data; in that case, your request is not going
to be processed.

 

After receiving the above mentioned documents, we will be able to start
processing your request and will get back to you within 15 working days.

 

Please be informed of the following:

- The person responsible for controlling the personal data (Data
controller) is the Head of Legal Affairs Unit

- The personal data is collected for the exclusive purpose of assessing
the nationality of the applicant

- The recipients of the personal data are the 3 Frontex Staff members
(Senior Legal Officer, Junior Lawyer and Legal Assistant) handling
requests for public access for documents

- The personal data collected (that is, the document sent to the PAD
mailbox) will be deleted as soon as the access for the request document(s)
is granted or refused.  In Frontex, this procedure takes no longer than 15
or 30 working days depending on the number/size of the requested
documents. During the processing of your data, you have a right to access
your data and rectify them if needed. You have a right to have recourse to
the European Data Protection Supervisor.

 

Thank you very much for your understanding.

 

If you will have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Kind regards,

 

Transparency Office

Corporate Governance

Tel: +48 22 205 9500

 

 

 

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Dear PAD,

I have sent you a scan of my ID-card in a seperate email to [email address]

Yours sincerely,

Mark Akkerman

PAD, Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures

“Dear Mr Akkerman,

Thank you very much for your mail. I will forward your request to responsible Units and we will get back to you within 15 working days. If you will have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Transparency Office
Corporate Governance
Tel: +48 22 205 9500

Frontex - European Border and Coast Guard Agency

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Plac Europejski 6, 00-844 Warsaw, Poland · Tel: +48 22 205 9500 · Fax: +48 22 205 9501
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PAD, Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures

Dear Mr Akkerman,

We have consulted our International and European Cooperation Unit on your application but unfortunately your request is too vague for any specific documents to be identified.

Pursuant to Article 6(1) of Regulation 1049/2001, applications shall be made "in a sufficiently precise manner to enable the institution to identify the document". Your application asking for all minutes and reports of meetings with third countries, as well as all correspondence with third country representatives covers almost the entire work of our International and European Cooperation Unit, and is impossible to meet as is currently phrased.

In order to assist you as best as we can, we kindly invite you to specify what it is you are most interested in, perhaps cooperation with a specific third country or specific activities or projects.

Once your application is specified, only then may we start processing it.

Thank you

Kind regards,

Transparency Office
Corporate Governance
Tel: +48 22 205 9500

Frontex - European Border and Coast Guard Agency

www.frontex.europa.eu
Plac Europejski 6, 00-844 Warsaw, Poland · Tel: +48 22 205 9500 · Fax: +48 22 205 9501
DISCLAIMER: This e-mail message, including any attachments, cannot be construed as automatically constituting any form of commitment by Frontex, unless its contents clearly indicate otherwise. It is intended solely for the use of the addressee(s). Any unauthorised disclosure, use or dissemination, either in whole or in part, is prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately via e-mail and delete the e-mail from your system.

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Dear PAD,

Thank you for your response to my request. To clarify this request, as you asked:
* It concerns the following list of countries:
- Egypt
- Eritrea
- Ethiopia
- Libya
- Mali
- Mauritania
- Morocco
- Niger
- Nigeria
- Senegal
- Somalia
- Sudan
- Tunisia
* and the following topics discussed:
- military and security cooperation in the field of border security/border management
- EU support (financial support, technical support, training) for military and security operations and purchases in the field of border security/border management
* this is for both bilateral and multilateral meetings, on political, expert and operational level

I hope this enough specificiation. Alternatively I could file separate requests for each of the countries mentioned above.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Akkerman

PAD, Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures

Dear Mr Akkerman,

Thank you for clarifying your request somewhat. Nevertheless, we require further assistance in order to proceed.

Firstly, the request does not reach the desired level of preciseness to enable us to identify the documents.

Furthermore, your application as it is currently phrased could target hundreds of documents. Pursuant to Article 6(3) of Regulation (EU) No 1049/2001, "in the event of an application relating to a very long document or to a very large number of documents, the institution concerned may confer with the applicant informally, with a view to finding a fair solution."

In view of the above, would you be available for a short telephone conversation to clarify your request and agree on how to proceed? If so, please provide us with your number.

Thank you for your understanding.

Kind regards,

Transparency Office
Corporate Governance
Tel: +48 22 205 9500

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Dear PAD,

Thank you for your response to my request. To clarify this request, as you asked:
* It concerns the following list of countries:
- Egypt
- Eritrea
- Ethiopia
- Libya
- Mali
- Mauritania
- Morocco
- Niger
- Nigeria
- Senegal
- Somalia
- Sudan
- Tunisia
* and the following topics discussed:
- military and security cooperation in the field of border security/border management
- EU support (financial support, technical support, training) for military and security operations and purchases in the field of border security/border management
* this is for both bilateral and multilateral meetings, on political, expert and operational level

I hope this enough specificiation. Alternatively I could file separate requests for each of the countries mentioned above.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Akkerman

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Dear PAD,

Thank you for your response to my request. Yes, I'm available for a telephone conversation, you can reach me at +31-6 103 28 106.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Akkerman

Dear PAD,

Thank you for your phone call today. My Skype account can be found with my mail address: [email address]

Yours sincerely,

Mark Akkerman

PAD, Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures

Dear Mr. Akkerman,

Following our previous corresponded, as your request for access to documents, is quite extensive and need the revision of a lot of documents we would like to extend the deadline to provide you with a reply of another 15 working days under the Art. 7(3) of the Regulation 1049/2001.

Nevertheless we will do our best to get back you as soon as possible with all the documents you need.

Thank you for your understanding.

In the meantime if you will have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact.

Kind regards,

Transparency Office
Corporate Governance
Tel: +48 22 205 9500

Frontex - European Border and Coast Guard Agency

www.frontex.europa.eu
Plac Europejski 6, 00-844 Warsaw, Poland · Tel: +48 22 205 9500 · Fax: +48 22 205 9501
DISCLAIMER: This e-mail message, including any attachments, cannot be construed as automatically constituting any form of commitment by Frontex, unless its contents clearly indicate otherwise. It is intended solely for the use of the addressee(s). Any unauthorised disclosure, use or dissemination, either in whole or in part, is prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately via e-mail and delete the e-mail from your system.

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PAD, Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures

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Dear Mr Akkerman,

 

Please find enclosed our response together with the relevant documents. We
hope you will find them useful.

 

In case of any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Best regards,

 

 

Transparency Office

Corporate Governance

Tel: +48 22 205 9500

 

 

 

 

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