Dublin riot notices

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Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

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:

According to a report by RTÉ news "the European Commission became directly involved in contacting social media giants such as Meta, YouTube, X (formerly Twitter), Tik-Tok, Instagram and others within hours of the riots, to warn them of their obligations under the new legislation."

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2023/112...

I would like to have a copy of all information held by the Commission related to the Dublin riots, especially in relation to the DSA and including information submitted by and to the Comisiún na Meán.

This request includes information to and from the platforms in connection with the Dublin event.

Yours faithfully,

Mathias Schindler

(you know my address, by the way)

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, Réseaux de communication, contenu et technologies

Your message has been received by the Transparency Unit of the
Secretariat-General of the European Commission.
Requests for public access to documents are treated on the basis of
[1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.
The Secretariat-General will reply to your request within 15 working days
upon registration of your request and will duly inform you of the
registration of the request (or of any additional information to be
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir or Madam,

We are writing to you concerning your request for access to documents sent
on 30/11/2023 and registered on 30/11/2023 under case number 2023/7149.

Since you have not indicated your postal address, we are not able to start
handling your request. The 15 working days to reply to your request will
start running only when you send us your postal address.

You can send your postal address by replying to this e-mail. If we do not
receive your reply we may close this case.

Please note that you can submit a request for access to Commission
documents via the portal [1]'Request a Commission document', which does
not require you to indicate your postal address.

Why do we need your personal postal address?

Since 1 April 2014, the submission of a postal address became a mandatory
feature when submitting an application for access to Commission documents
via an e-mail. We would like to explain why we need your postal address in
order to register and handle your application for access to documents when
submitted via e-mail:

• Firstly, to obtain legal certainty as regards the date you received
the European Commission reply to your application for public access to
documents. Article 297 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the
European Union (TFEU) states that 'decisions which specify to whom
they are addressed, shall be notified to those to whom they are
addressed and shall take effect upon such notification.' In line with
this provision, if the Commission does not grant full access to the
requested documents, it notifies the reply to the applicant via
registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt or via delivery
service. This requires an indication of a valid postal address by the
applicant;
• Secondly, to apply correctly the [2]Data Protection Regulation (EU)
2018/1725. Knowing whether the applicant is an EU resident (or not) is
necessary for deciding which conditions shall apply for the
transmissions of personal data to applicants for access to documents.
These conditions are not the same for recipients established in the
Union and for recipients in third countries. As the vast majority of
the documents requested contain personal data, the Commission cannot
ensure the correct application of the data protection rules in the
absence of a postal address;
• Thirdly, to apply correctly [3]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001. Article
4(1)(b) of that Regulation refers to the protection of the privacy and
integrity of the individual and has to be applied in line with the
Data Protection Regulation;
• Fourthly, to protect the interest of other citizens and safeguard the
principle of good administration. The Commission has to treat all
citizens equally by ensuring that the legal framework for public
access to documents is respected. For example, it has to verify
whether Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 is being evaded
by introducing several requests under different identities. Indeed, in
its Ryanair judgment ([4]EU:T:2010:511), the General Court confirmed
that Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 cannot be evaded by
splitting an application into several, seemingly separate, parts. In
addition, the Commission has to make sure that the legal framework is
respected and the right of access to documents is not abused by making
requests under an invented identity.

The considerations above show that the request for and the consequent
processing of the applicant's postal address is not only appropriate, but
also strictly necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the
public interest within the meaning of Article 5(1)(a) of Data Protection
Regulation, namely providing a smooth and effective access to documents.

Yours faithfully,

Secretariat-General - Access to Documents
European Commission

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Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

Please. READ. THE. TEXT.

You already have my address.

Yours faithfully,

Mathias Schindler

Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

Please confirm that you
a) have read my request
b) have read my second explanation
c) understood both of them
d) started working on my access to information request since you have all the required information.

Yours faithfully,

Mathias Schindler

Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, Réseaux de communication, contenu et technologies

Your message has been received by the Transparency Unit of the
Secretariat-General of the European Commission.
Requests for public access to documents are treated on the basis of
[1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.
The Secretariat-General will reply to your request within 15 working days
upon registration of your request and will duly inform you of the
registration of the request (or of any additional information to be
provided in view of its registration and/or treatment).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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Sg-Acc-Doc@ec.europa.eu, Réseaux de communication, contenu et technologies

Dear Sir,

We are coming back to you on these current access to documents cases, namely:
2023/7149
2023/6431

As communicated, we are awaiting your postal address. To unblock these cases, we kindly ask you to confirm that this address, last address we have for you, is still valid?

Hermann Mattern-Promenade 25, 14469 Potsdam. DE

Kind regards,

European Commission
Access to Documents Team - dd

Afficher les sections citées

Dear [email address],

You may use that address.

Yours sincerely,

Mathias Schindler

sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir or Madam,

We hereby acknowledge the receipt of your confirmatory request for case
2023/1929, sent on 07/05/2023 and registered on 08/05/2023.

We will handle your confirmatory request within 15 working days as of the
date of registration. The time-limit expires on 01/06/2023. We will let
you know if we need to extend this time limit for additional 15 working
days.

Yours faithfully,

Secretariat-General - Access to Documents
European Commission

sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir or Madam,

We hereby acknowledge the receipt of your confirmatory request for case
2023/6431, sent on 21/11/2023 and registered on 27/11/2023.

We will handle your confirmatory request within 15 working days as of the
date of registration. The time-limit expires on 11/01/2024. We will let
you know if we need to extend this time limit for additional 15 working
days.

Yours faithfully,

Secretariat-General - Access to Documents
European Commission

sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir or Madam,

We hereby acknowledge the receipt of your request for access to documents
sent on 30/11/2023 and registered on 12/12/2023 under the case number
2023/7149.

We will handle your request within 15 working days as of the date of
registration. The time-limit expires on 11/01/2024. We will let you know
if we need to extend this time limit for additional 15 working days.

To find more information on how we process your personal data, please see
[1]the privacy statement.

Yours faithfully,

Secretariat-General - Access to Documents
European Commission

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CNECT-CAD@ec.europa.eu,

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sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

Dear applicant,

We are writing concerning your confirmatory request for access to
Commission documents for case 2023/6431 registered on 27/11/2023.

We are currently working on your confirmatory request. However, we have
not yet been able to gather all the elements necessary to carry out a full
analysis of your request. We will not be able to send you the reply within
the prescribed time limit expiring on 11/01/2024.

Unfortunately, we can not provide you with a confirmatory reply for the
moment due to the complexity of the file.

Therefore, in line with Article 8(2) of [1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 we
need to extend this time limit by 15 additional working days. The new time
limit expires on 01/02/2024.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Kind regards,

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CNECT-CAD@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Mr Schindler,

We refer to your request for access to documents registered under the
reference number 2023/7149.

Unfortunately, we are not able to send the reply to your application
within the given time limit, which expires today.

You will receive the reply to your application as soon as possible.

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

Yours faithfully,

DG CONNECT Access to Documents Team

European Commission

Rue de la Loi 51

B-1049 Brussels/Belgium

Mathias Schindler

Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

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

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request 'Dublin riot notices'.

I filed an access to documents request on November 30, 2023 concerning the Dublin riot and the communication between the Commission and Irish authorities as well as platforms such as Tiktok et al.

You registered the request on December 12, 2023 and extended the time limit by another 15 working days.

On February 1, 2024, you informed mye that you are unable to reply to my application in the given time limit.

Artitle 7 (4) of Regulation 1049/2001 entitles me to make a confirmatory application.

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

Please note that the European Commission has - again and again - been unable to use the email system properly. This full history of my request also contains communication from the Commission on another matter. I would appreciate if you could sort it out.

Yours faithfully,

Mathias Schindler

sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir or Madam,

We hereby acknowledge the receipt of your confirmatory request for case
2023/7149, sent on 01/02/2024 and registered on 01/02/2024.

We will handle your confirmatory request within 15 working days as of the
date of registration. The time-limit expires on 22/02/2024. We will let
you know if we need to extend this time limit for additional 15 working
days.

Yours faithfully,

Secretariat-General - Access to Documents
European Commission

sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

1 Attachment

Hello,

Please find attached a message concerning your request for access to
Commission documents registered under the above case number 2023/7149.

Please acknowledge the receipt of this message by return email.

Kind regards,

DG CONNECT Access to documents Team

CNECT-CAD@ec.europa.eu,

Hello,

We are writing concerning your confirmatory request for access to
Commission documents for case [1]2023/7149, registered on 01/02/2024.

As you did not receive a reply to your initial request registered on
12/12/2023, you submitted a confirmatory request.

In the meantime, the initial reply in question was sent to you on
30/01/2024.

Against this background, the Secretariat-General has closed your
confirmatory request.

You can submit a new confirmatory request for this case in accordance with
Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 if you wish to ask for a review
of the initial reply.

Kind regards,

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Dear Communications Networks, Content and Technology,

I am writing to file a confirmatory application following the recent decision by the EU Commission to deny my request for access to documents pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council, and Commission documents. My original request was filed on November 30 and registered under the reference number EASE 2023/7149.

The Commission's decision to deny access to the requested documents fails to adequately consider the possibility of partial releases.

The Commission's failure to provide a detailed list of the documents affected undermines transparency and hinders my ability to challenge the decision effectively.

The Commission did not apply exceptions correctly, particularly regarding the protection of trade secrets and ongoing investigations.

The Commission's decision does not align with the principles of transparency, accountability, and the public interest.

The notion of "ongoing investigation" does not fly because it is vague, not time-limited.

There is a huge public interest due to the novelty of the DSA and the effects in other cases. The Dublin riots received huge public attention, and the public has a heightened interest in learning how government institutions monitored and acted upon information.

The Commission errs when it assumes that the protection of business and trade secrets will be undermined because the files in question do not concern trade secrets. And if they do, there is no reason to suggest that the legitimate interests are affected.

In light of the aforementioned points, I respectfully request the EU Commission to review its decision and grant access to the requested documents. Transparency, accountability, and the public interest should guide the Commission's actions in this matter.

This confirmatory application should not be required. The Commission failed to reply to my initial request in time and a confirmatory application was already filed. The Commission did not follow the Regulation 1049/2001's requirements when it closed the confirmatory application. Following that logic, the Commission could extend any time frame of initial application indefinitely without any recourse.

Yours faithfully,

Mathias Schindler

sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Sir or Madam,

We hereby acknowledge the receipt of your confirmatory request for case
2023/7149, sent on 28/02/2024 and registered on 28/02/2024.

We will handle your confirmatory request within 15 working days as of the
date of registration. The time-limit expires on 20/03/2024. We will let
you know if we need to extend this time limit for additional 15 working
days.

Yours faithfully,

Secretariat-General - Access to Documents
European Commission

sg-acc-doc@ec.europa.eu,

Dear Mr Schindler,

We are writing concerning your confirmatory request for access to
Commission documents for case EASE 2023/7149 registered on 28/02/2024.

We are currently working on your confirmatory request. However, we have
not yet been able to gather all the elements necessary to carry out a full
analysis of your request. Due to the need to conduct internal
consultations, we will not be able to send you the reply within the
prescribed time limit expiring on 20/03/2024.

Therefore, in line with Article 8(2) of [1]Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 we
need to extend this time limit by 15 additional working days. The new time
limit expires on 15/04/2024.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Kind regards,

SG C.1 - Transparency, Access to documents and Document Management

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