correspondence Commissioner Rehn/VP Barrot conc. travel arrangement

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Dear Enlargement (ELARG),

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:

Exchange of letters between Commissioner Olli Rehn and VP Jacques Barrot related to general travel arrangements between these two Commissioners.

Letter Commissioner Rehn to VP Barrot: May 2005

Letter VP Barrot to Commissioner Rehn: 30 May 2005

Yours faithfully,

Arun Dohle

Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

Dear Sir or Madam,

Your request for access to documents has been registered. This message is an acknowledgement of receipt.
In accordance with Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, you will receive a reply within 15 working days (17/12/2013).

Yours faithfully,

The ELARG-ACCDOC Team.

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Dear Mr Dohle,

We refer to your e-mail dated 18/11/2013 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered under the above mentioned reference number.
We enclose a copy of the letter by Vice President Barrot to Commissioner Rehn of 30 May 2005 where the first four paragraphs which concern the general travel arrangements between Mrs Barrot and Rehn have been made accessible.
The personal data in the expunged part of the sixth paragraph of this letter, in particular the name and the function of the person to whom this paragraph refers, are not the subject of this request for access to documents.
We note that that the expunged part of the sixth paragraph of this letter, as well as replies from Commissioner Rehn to Vice President Barrot, are the subject of the confirmatory application which you transmitted on 18/11/2013, and which is being dealt with by the Secretariat General of the European Commission.

Yours sincerely

The ELARG-ACCDOC Team

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Dear Enlargement (ELARG),

Thank you for your reply.

However, I consider the letter from Commissioner Rehn to VP Barrot, May 2010, to be part of this request - as it considers the travel arrangements - and not of my confirmatory application.

Awaiting your reply,

yours faithfully,

Arun Dohle

Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

Dear Mr. Dohle,

Thank you for your reply.

We assume you are referring to the letter from 2005. We confirm that this letter is the subject of the confirmatory application which you transmitted on 18/11/2013 and that it is currently being dealt with by the Secretariat General of the European Commission. You will receive an answer in due course.

Yours sincerely,

The ELARG-ACCDOC Team.

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Dear Enlargement (ELARG),

You state that the letter from 2005 falls within my confirmatory application and not under the current request.

The confirmatory application concerns a letter from Commissioner Rehn to VP Barrot of June 2005 concerning Romania/child protection:

"Furthermore, you state that no replies by Commissioner Rehn to VP Barrot were found. I hereby hand in a confirmatory appeal and request you to once more check the archives. Further research from my side indicates that such a letter was sent in June 2005. I kindly request you to disclose this letter, including its annexes."
http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/corre...

However, the current request is about a letter from Commissioner Rehn to VP Barrot from May 2005 and concerns travel arrangements.

I hope this clarifies the issue.

Yours faithfully,

Arun Dohle

Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your request for access to documents dated and registered on 13 December 2013. This message is an acknowledgement of receipt.
In accordance with Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, you will receive a reply within 15 working days (15/01/2014).

Yours faithfully,

The ELARG-ACCDOC Team.

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Dear Mr. Dohle,

We refer to your e-mail from 13 December 2013 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered under the above mentioned reference number.

We would like to inform you that your application is currently being handled. However, we will not be in a position to complete the handling of your application within the time limit of 15 working days, which expires today.

We regret to let you know that internal consultations are still ongoing. The application concerns a document held by another service which must be consulted.

Therefore, we have to extend the time limit by 15 working days in accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to documents. The new time limit expires on 5 February 2014.

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

Yours faithfully,

The ELARG-ACCDOC Team.

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Dear Sir,

Regarding your request for access to documents registered under the above mentioned reference number, please find attached the reply to your request.

Yours faithfully,

The ELARG-ACCDOC Team.

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Dear Enlargement (ELARG),

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Enlargement (ELARG)'s handling of my FOI request 'correspondence Commissioner Rehn/VP Barrot conc. travel arrangement'.

Considering the fact that VP Barrot (Transport) was trying to influence Commissioner Rehn/DG Enlargement's position on children's rights/intercountry adoption in Romania, I am of the opinion that there is an overriding public interest to disclose the letter of 11 May.

Proof of this attempt to influence Commissioner Rehn was provided to me under another Ask the EU request, for which - after a Confirmatory Application - I received this letter from Secretary General C. Day:

http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/589/r...

This particular mail from VP Barrot to Mr. de Combret indicates that Barrot's efforts had effect, as apparently Commissioner Rehn was working on changing the attitude of his Services:
http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/589/r...

Through another request - also after Confirmatory Appeal - I received more correspondance between VP Barrot and Commissioner Rehn:

http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/694/r...

In view of transparency and accountability I am of the opinion that all correspondance between VP Barrot and Commissioner Rehn from that period should be made available to the public.

I fail to see how such correspondance can be considered private, if letters are with letterheading of the Cabinet, registered and all, and when the offered visit at stake includes a visit to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Transport in Finland.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/corre...

Yours faithfully,

Arun Dohle

Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

Dear Mr Dohle,

Many thanks for your message.

Please note that, as stated in our reply letter of 27 January 2014 which was sent to you on 28 January 2014, you are entitled to make a confirmatory application requesting the Commission to review its position. Such a confirmatory application should be addressed within 15 working days upon receipt of our above-mentioned letter to the Secretary-General of the Commission at the following address:

European Commission
Secretary-General
Transparency Unit SG-B-5
BERL 5/327
B-1049 Brussels

Or by e-mail to: [email address]

Yours faithfully,

The ELARG-ACCDOC Team.

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Dear Enlargement (ELARG),

My request from yesterday was a request for review, being a confirmatory application.

I kindly asked you, therefore, to pass it on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews/confirmatory applications - being the Secretary General.

Hereby I repeat my request to pass yesterday's confirmatory application on to the Secretary General, without delay.

Yours faithfully,

Arun Dohle

Dear Enlargement (ELARG),

Can you please confirm that my confirmatory application was forwarded to the Secretary General?

Yours faithfully,

Arun Dohle

From: Arun Dohle

January 29, 2014

Dear Enlargement (ELARG),

My request from yesterday was a request for review, being a
confirmatory application.

I kindly asked you, therefore, to pass it on to the person who
conducts Freedom of Information reviews/confirmatory applications -
being the Secretary General.

Hereby I repeat my request to pass yesterday's confirmatory
application on to the Secretary General, without delay.

Yours faithfully,

Arun Dohle

Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

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Dear Sir,

Thank you for your email dated 29/01/2014.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access to documents, which was registered on 25/02/2014 under reference number GestDem 2013/6373 – Ares(2014) 489348.

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 18/03/2014. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Carlos Remis
SG.B.4.
Transparence.
Berl. 05/329.

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Arun Dohle a laissé une remarque ()

New time limit: 18 March 2014

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Dear Mr Dohle,
 
Please find attached the reply to your confirmatory application concerning
your request for access to documents pursuant to Regulation (EC) N°
1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and
Commission documents (GESTDEM 2013/6373).
 
 
 
Best regards,
 
Bernadett BERCZELI
Access to Documents
European Commission
Secretariat General
Unit SG.B4 – Transparency
 
 
 
 

Arun Dohle a laissé une remarque ()

I have handed in a complaint with the European Ombudsman

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Dear Mr Dohle,

 

Please find attached the answer to your confirmatory application
concerning your request for access to documents pursuant to Regulation
(EC) N° 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council
and Commission documents, GESTDEM 2014/1462.

 

Best regards,

 

Bernadett BERCZELI

Access to Documents
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European Commission
Secretariat General
Unit SG.B4 – Transparency

 

 

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