Evaluation of EMSA drone operations

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Dear European Maritime Safety Agency,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting copies of documents relating to the use of drones by the EMSA. I should be grateful if you would provide me with copies of the following documents:

A copy of all reports held by EMSA on the evaluation of operations conducted by EMSA using drones for border control / monitoring of illegal immigration / maritime surveillance.

I should be grateful if you would reply to me by email and provide copies of documents in pdf format.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information or clarification.

Thank you for your assistance and I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Burt

Documents, Agence européenne pour la sécurité maritime

Dear Mr Burt,

Thank your interest in the activities of the European Maritime Safety
Agency (EMSA).

 

Please be informed that your application has been registered and will be
processed in line with the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of
the European Parliament and of the Council regarding public access to
documents.

 

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that, for applications in
the remit of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, the channel to be used is: EMSA
website/ Publications/ EMSA Documents/Documents Request Form, that will
ensure a prompt handling.

 

As you have addressed your request to [1][email address], there
was a delay in its registration as request for public access to documents.

 
Please also note that, in line with the provisions of Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001, “applications for access to a document shall be made in any
written form, including electronic form, in one of the languages referred
to in Article 314 of the EC Treaty and in a sufficiently precise manner to
enable the institution to identify the document.”

 

Considering the above legal basis, it is EMSA’s assessment that the
subject matter of your request is not defined “in a sufficiently precise
manner” as to enable the Agency to identify the document(s) being
requested.

 

As follows, please be so kind to:

o clarify what is meant by “all reports”: overall reports of cost
efficiency of the service, per operation, specific reports on flights,
etc.;
o add any other relevant references/information.

 

These clarifications will enable EMSA to understand which document(s) you
are seeking access to and the purpose of this request, to ensure that it
will be addressed properly, without unnecessarily overloading the team in
charge of the service.

 

Please note that the 15 working days for EMSA to reply will start counting
from the date of receipt of your clarification. However, please bear in
mind that, depending on your clarification and extent of your request, it
may lead to a reply by EMSA beyond the 15 working days, as due to the
holiday season and the current COVID-19 situation limiting access to
EMSA’s premises, there is a reduced capacity of the Agency to process
large requests. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Kind regards,

EMSA Document Access Coordinator

EMSA / Praça Europa 4 / 1249-206 Lisbon / Portugal

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Dear EMSA Document Access Coordinator,

Thank you for your message and for acknowledging receipt of my request for information.

You asked for clarification of the scope of my request.

My original request was for: 'A copy of all reports held by EMSA on the evaluation of operations conducted by EMSA using drones for border control / monitoring of illegal immigration / maritime surveillance'.

To be more specific, I should be grateful if you would provide me with:

- Reports evaluating overall programmes, rather than specific flights, and reviewing the overall effectiveness of drone operations including cost efficiency.

- Please note that I am only interested in programmes relating to drone operations for border control / monitoring of illegal immigration / maritime surveillance.

- Please provide reports prepared over the period 1 January 2017 – 13 August 2020: it is not necessary to provide me with information which is older than this.

Thank you for your assistance in dealing with this request and please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further clarification or information.

I will look forward to hearing from you in due course

Yours sincerely,

Peter Burt

Documents, Agence européenne pour la sécurité maritime

Dear Mr Burt,

Once again, thank you for your interest in the activities of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and your reply below.

Please be informed that in line with the provisions of Article 7.3 of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council regarding public access to documents, EMSA extends the initial time limit by an additional 15 working days due to the fact that complete processing of your application was not possible for the below stated reasons:

- processing of your application involves consultation, identification, processing and potential redaction of large number of documents;
- EMSA is not the owner of several of the requested documents therefore consultations with third parties as per Article 4.4 are ongoing;
- due to the holiday season and the current COVID-19 situation limiting access to EMSA’s premises, there is a reduced capacity of the Agency to process large requests. Same issues we are encountering with regard our third parties counterparts' staff.

Thank you for your understanding.

Kind regards,
EMSA Document Access Coordinator

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