DG ENER contacts with Clifford Chance

Énergie n'avait pas les informations demandées.

Dear Energy (ENER),

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as
developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting all documents,
including notes of minutes, emails and other correspondence,
relating to contacts between staff of DG ENER and staff of law
firm Clifford Chance, between January 2008 and February 2013.

Yours faithfully,

Rachel Tansey

Dear Ms Tansey,

Herewith we acknowledge the receipt of your request which was registered under reference GESTDEM 2013/0564.

In order to handle your request efficiently, we kindly ask you to specify it so that handling thereof is feasible. In particular, please provide more detailed information as to the senders/recipients of the documents you request (on DG ENER side) and / or consider reducing the time span.

Please be informed that without this additional information we will not be able to launch our investigation.

Should we not receive your information by 15 February 2013, we will deem your request to have been withdrawn.

Yours faithfully

ENER ACCES DOCUMENTS Team

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Dear Energy (ENER),

In accordance with your demand that I clarify my request, I hereby revise my initial request - for access to all document relating to contacts between staff of DG ENER and staff of law firm Clifford Chance - to cover a reduced time span, of December 2009 to February 2013.

Yours faithfully,

Rachel Tansey

Dear Ms Tansey,

Thank you for your clarification. Nevertheless, your request (registered under reference GESTDEM 2013/0564),
remains very broadly formulated, which would require extensive searches on different locations. It is not really feasible to retrieve documents on these criteria. In particular, for a significant part of the period covered by your request, there is no central electronic archiving of correspondence. Therefore, searches in paper files would be necessary, which would be very labour-intensive and time consuming.

Furthermore, correspondence with law firms may cover very different subjects and some of it is likely to be confidential in nature.

Consequently, we are unable to handle your request in its present form. We would kindly ask you to make a more targeted request.

Yours sincerely,

ENER ACCES DOCUMENTS Team
 

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Dear Energy (ENER),

In accordance with your request for a more targeted access to documents request - due to the labour-intensive and time consuming nature of dealing with my request as previously formulated - I will narrow the time period and scope of my request as follows.

I will reduce the time span of my request to one year, from February 2012 to February 2013. I trust that this will address the issue of having no central electronic archiving of correspondence, for a significant part of the period covered by my original request (Jan 2008-Feb 2013).

Furthermore, since Clifford Chance is a large, multinational law firm, with branches all over the world, I will reduce the scope of my request to cover only correspondence between staff of DG ENER and three particular branches of Clifford Chance: the Brussels, Paris and London offices of Clifford Chance.

Yours faithfully,

Rachel Tansey

Dear Ms Tansey,

 

We refer to your request for access to documents, registered under the
above mentioned reference number.

 

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 on 27/02/2013.

 

An extended time limit is needed as your requires thorough analysis of
files which have to be examined.

 

Therefore, we have to extend the time limit with 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 20/03/2013.

 

We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please also excuse us for late information about this delay.

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

ENER ACCES DOCUMENTS

DM 24 8/046

B-1049 Brussels/Belgium

 

Dear Ms Tansey,

With regard to your above mentioned request for access to documents under Regulation 1049/2001, in which you asked for any correspondence between staff of DG ENER and three particular branches of Clifford Chance: the Brussels, Paris and London offices of Clifford Chance between February 2012 and February 2013, we regret to inform you that despite our thorough research we have not identified any documents which would fall into scope of your above mentioned request. Therefore we consider your request to be without object and will close it without further action to be taken.

Kind regards

ENER ACCES DOCUMENTS Team