Dear Madam, Sir,

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:

All letters, e-mails, papers, and presentations from the French president/government arguing in favour of a European carbon border tax, or other carbon pricing measures, as well as any minutes, records or e-mails summarising the French position about such measures, since 1 September 2017.

All the best,
Peter Teffer

All the best,
Peter Teffer
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1000 Brussels

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Secrétariat général de la Commission européenne

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).
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Dear Sir,


Thank you for your e-mail dated 26/04/2019. We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
26/04/2019 under reference number GestDem 2019/2513.


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 21/05/2019. In case this time limit needs to
be extended, you will be informed in due course.


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European Commission


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Dear Mr. Teffer,
We refer to your request for access to documents dated 26 April 2019,
registered on the same day under the above mentioned reference number.
We were not in a position to complete the handling of your application
within the time limit of 15 working days, which expired yesterday. This is
due to the fact that the documents request could be held by different
Services which must be consulted.
In accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding
public access to documents we have to extend the time limit by 15 working
days, the new deadline is set for 14 June 2019.
We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.
Access to Documents team
European Commission
Directorate-General for Climate Action
Av. de Beaulieu 24
1049 Brussels
European Commission
DG Climate Action
Legal Affairs, Inter-Institutional relations and Communication
BU-24, 01/78
B-1160 Brussels/Belgium
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Dear Mr Armengol Marti,

I refer to my access to documents request dated 26 April 2019, and your e-mail dated 22 May 2019 in which you informed me you had to extend the deadline to handle my request.

The new deadline was set for 14 June 2019. Today is 19 June 2019.

Allow me to remind you that even the extended deadline of an additional 15 working days is only allowed under exceptional circumstances: “In exceptional cases, for example in the event of an application relating to a very long document or to a very large number of documents, the time-limit provided for in paragraph 1 may be extended by 15 working days, provided that the applicant is notified in advance and that detailed reasons are given.”

There is no legal basis for an access to documents request handling to require more than 15 + 15 working days. Moreover, when a citizen like myself misses a deadline, for example the deadline to lodge a confirmatory application, the European Commission reacts inexorably and says: too bad, you're too late.

If the Commission is committed to the preambles of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, namely that “[o]penness enables citizens to participate more closely in the decision-making process and guarantees that the administration enjoys greater legitimacy and is more effective and more accountable to the citizen in a democratic system”, then I urge the Commission to handle my request without delay.

All the best,
Peter Teffer

Secrétariat général de la Commission européenne

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Dear Mr. Teffer,


Please find attached the electronic copy of the reply to Your application
for access to documents - GestDem 2019/2513.

the original will be send by post.


Best regards,



Access to Documents team



European Commission

Directorate-General for Climate Action

Av. de Beaulieu 24

1049 Brussels