Correspondence and meetings concerning securing an exemption from EU sanctions against Russia

Volodymyr BOGATYR a fait une demande de Accès à l'information à Secrétariat général de la Commission européenne

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Volodymyr BOGATYR

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

I suggest a strong public interest in information regarding sanctions against Russia being made public. Disclosure of the information requested would enhance public scrutiny.

Restrictive measures (sanctions) are an essential tool in the EU’s common foreign and security policy, through which the EU can intervene where necessary to prevent conflict or respond to emerging or current crises.

In reaction to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine the European Union adopted sanctions against Russia.

According to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted and approved by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 217A on December 10th 1948, and the European Convention on Human Rights on November 10th 1950, everyone has the right to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority regardless of frontiers.

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:

(1) List of countries and companies who asked for the securing an exemption from EU sanctions against Russia in the period between 24 February 2022 to date and copies of any correspondence (including letters, emails and their attachments, any information that you hold concerning the requests for such exemptions including, but not limited to, written communications and notes of meetings (handwritten or electronic, drafts, memos, invitations, appointments, cancellations, attendance lists, agendas, background papers), audio or video recordings, verbatim reports, operational conclusions, lines to take, briefings, and presentations or telephone conversations concerning the above.

Yours faithfully,

Volodymyr Bogatyr
P.O. Box 770 • Kyiv • Ukraine • 01024

SG ACCES DOCUMENTS, Secrétariat général de la Commission européenne

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your e-mail of 25/05/2022. We hereby acknowledge receipt of
your application for access to documents, which was registered on
25/05/2022 under reference number GESTDEM 2022/3046.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, your application
will be handled within 15 working days.

The time limit will expire on 20/06/2022. In case this time limit needs to
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Yours faithfully,

Access to documents team (cr)

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Dear Mr Bogatyr,


We refer to your request for access to documents, registered on 25/05/2022
under the above mentioned reference number.


Your application is currently being handled. However, we are not in a
position to complete the handling of your application within the time
limit of 15 working days, which expires on 20/06/2022.


We need to extend this time limit with 15 working days until 08/07/2022 in
accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding
public access to documents.


Thank you in advance for your understanding.


Yours sincerely,




European Commission


Directorate E Financial Systems and Crisis Management

Unit 5 Sanctions



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Dear Mr Bogatyr,


Please find attached a reply to your request for access to documents,
registered under the reference GESTDEM 2022/3046.


According to the standard procedure, a 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 the COVID-19
pandemic, 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] and to our
functional mailbox [2][email address].


Yours sincerely,



European Commission

DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union


EU Sanctions Webpage: [4]

EU Sanctions Map: [5]



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