Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW),

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting the following documents:
- minutes and other reports of meetings between the European Commission's DG GROW and business lobbyists (interest representatives) in which public procurement was discussed.
- all correspondence (including emails) between the European Commission's DG GROW and business lobbyists (interest representatives) in which public procurement was discussed.

The request is limited to the period between October 1st 2017 and today.

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman
on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Rue d'Edimbourg 26,
1050 Brussels, Belgium

http://www.corporateeurope.org
Tel. +32 (0)2 893 0930
Mobile: +32 474 486545

EU Transparency Register ID Number: 5353162366-85

Marché intérieur, Industrie, Entrepreneuriat et PME

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 10/01/2020.  We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
16/01/2020 under reference number GestDem 2020/0312.

 

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
06/02/2020. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.

 

You have lodged your application via the AsktheEU.org website. Please note
that this is a private website which has no link with any institution of
the European Union. Therefore the European Commission cannot be held
accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to the use of this
system.

 

Please note also that the European Commission is not responsible for any
possible processing of personal data by the private organisation running
the AsktheEU.org website, through which you have channelled your request.
Please refer to their privacy policy.

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

DG GROW – Access to documents team

 

[1]cid:479385507@17082012-2045

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG  GROW/01 – Coordination and Planning

 

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

We refer to your e-mail dated 10/01/2020 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 16/01/2020 under the above-mentioned
reference number.

The description given in your application does not enable us to identify
concrete document as the scope of the request is too general. Could you
please specify e.g. what sectors of public procurement are of your
interests, please?  

We therefore invite you, pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001 regarding public access to documents, to provide us with more
detailed information on the documents that you seek to obtain.

If you need assistance in clarifying or specifying your application, you
can contact us by email to: [1][Dirección de correo del organismo DG GROW]

In accordance with Article 2, third paragraph of the Implementing Rules to
Regulation 1049/2001[1], the 15 working day time limit for handling your
application will start running when we receive the requested
clarifications.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Yours sincerely,

DG GROW – Access to documents team

 

[2]cid:479385507@17082012-2045

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG GROW/01 – Coordination and Planning

 

 

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1. mailto:[Dirección de correo del organismo DG GROW]

Marché intérieur, Industrie, Entrepreneuriat et PME

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

 

Following our request for clarification sent on 17/01/2020, we would like
to kindly ask you to provide us with more detailed information on the
documents that you seek to obtain in order to proceed with your request.

 

In accordance with Article 2, third paragraph of the Implementing Rules to
Regulation 1049/2001[1], the 15 working day time limit for handling your
application will start running when we receive the requested
clarification.

 

In case we will not receive any reply from your side until 31 January, we
reserve the right to refuse the registration of your request.

 

Many thanks for your understanding.

 

Kind regards,

 

DG GROW – Access to documents team

 

[1]cid:479385507@17082012-2045

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG GROW/01 – Coordination and Planning

 

 

From: GROW ACCES DOCUMENTS <[DG GROW request email]>
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2020 11:07 AM
To: [FOI #7568 email]
Cc: GROW ACCES DOCUMENTS <[DG GROW request email]>
Subject: Your application for access to documents - GestDem 2020/0312

 

Dear Mr Hoedeman,

We refer to your e-mail dated 10/01/2020 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 16/01/2020 under the above-mentioned
reference number.

The description given in your application does not enable us to identify
concrete document as the scope of the request is too general. Could you
please specify e.g. what sectors of public procurement are of your
interests, please?  

We therefore invite you, pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001 regarding public access to documents, to provide us with more
detailed information on the documents that you seek to obtain.

If you need assistance in clarifying or specifying your application, you
can contact us by email to: [2][DG GROW request email]

In accordance with Article 2, third paragraph of the Implementing Rules to
Regulation 1049/2001[1], the 15 working day time limit for handling your
application will start running when we receive the requested
clarifications.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Yours sincerely,

DG GROW – Access to documents team

 

[3]cid:479385507@17082012-2045

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG GROW/01 – Coordination and Planning

 

 

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2. mailto:[DG GROW request email]

Marché intérieur, Industrie, Entrepreneuriat et PME

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

 

Following our last email below, please note that we will disregard this
request, as we did not receive any further reply to our request for
clarification.

 

Thank you for your understanding.

Do not hesitate to contact us in case you have further questions.

 

Kind regards,

 

DG GROW – Access to documents team

 

[1]cid:479385507@17082012-2045

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG GROW/01 – Coordination and Planning

 

 

From: GROW ACCES DOCUMENTS <[DG GROW request email]>
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2020 2:25 PM
To: [FOI #7568 email]
Cc: GROW ACCES DOCUMENTS <[DG GROW request email]>
Subject: Kind reminder - Your application for access to documents -
GestDem 2020/0312

 

Dear Mr Hoedeman,

 

Following our request for clarification sent on 17/01/2020, we would like
to kindly ask you to provide us with more detailed information on the
documents that you seek to obtain in order to proceed with your request.

 

In accordance with Article 2, third paragraph of the Implementing Rules to
Regulation 1049/2001[1], the 15 working day time limit for handling your
application will start running when we receive the requested
clarification.

 

In case we will not receive any reply from your side until 31 January, we
reserve the right to refuse the registration of your request.

 

Many thanks for your understanding.

 

Kind regards,

 

DG GROW – Access to documents team

 

[2]cid:479385507@17082012-2045

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG GROW/01 – Coordination and Planning

 

 

From: GROW ACCES DOCUMENTS <[3][DG GROW request email]>
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2020 11:07 AM
To: [4][FOI #7568 email]
Cc: GROW ACCES DOCUMENTS <[5][DG GROW request email]>
Subject: Your application for access to documents - GestDem 2020/0312

 

Dear Mr Hoedeman,

We refer to your e-mail dated 10/01/2020 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 16/01/2020 under the above-mentioned
reference number.

The description given in your application does not enable us to identify
concrete document as the scope of the request is too general. Could you
please specify e.g. what sectors of public procurement are of your
interests, please?  

We therefore invite you, pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No
1049/2001 regarding public access to documents, to provide us with more
detailed information on the documents that you seek to obtain.

If you need assistance in clarifying or specifying your application, you
can contact us by email to: [6][DG GROW request email]

In accordance with Article 2, third paragraph of the Implementing Rules to
Regulation 1049/2001[1], the 15 working day time limit for handling your
application will start running when we receive the requested
clarifications.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Yours sincerely,

DG GROW – Access to documents team

 

[7]cid:479385507@17082012-2045

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG GROW/01 – Coordination and Planning

 

 

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4. mailto:[FOI #7568 email]
5. mailto:[DG GROW request email]
6. mailto:[DG GROW request email]

DG GROW – Access to documents team

thank you for your message dated January 17 (and the reminder ten days later). I am sorry it has taken me two weeks to get back to you, but here is my response.:

You argued that the scope of the request is too general and asked me to specify and limit the request ("e.g. what sectors of public procurement are of your interests"). This was far from a simple question to respond to. I was surprised that the number of documents is so very large, as my request is limited to contacts with business lobbyists. My request, moreover, was already limited in time (the period between October 1st 2017 and today). Limiting the request further to specific sectors of public procurement would perhaps have been possible, but this would require a thorough selection and I was unable to find a list of such sectors on your website. To find a way forward I suggest to limit the request to two units within DG GROW:
G1 – Public Procurement Strategy
and
G3 – Procurement Legislation and Enforcement

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman

P.S.: your announcement dated February 3rd "that we will disregard this request, as we did not receive any further reply to our request for clarification" was premature and not reasonable. I assume my response above is satisfactory and that you will proceed with responding to my request (which was submitted as recently as January 10th, less than one month ago. Please note that you in your initial response had given yourself a deadline of The time limit will expire of 06/02/2020 for responding to my request.

Marché intérieur, Industrie, Entrepreneuriat et PME

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,

 

Many thanks for this clarification.

In accordance with Article 2, third paragraph of the Implementing Rules
to  Regulation 1049/2001[1], the 15 working day time limit for handling
your application started running when we received the requested
clarification.

Consequently, your application will be handled within 15 working days and
the time limit will expire on 24/02/2020. In case this time limit needs to
be extended, you will be informed in due course.

 

Kind regards,

 

DG GROW – Access to documents team

 

[1]cid:479385507@17082012-2045

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG  GROW/01 – Coordination and Planning

 

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Please find attached document Ares(2020)1091415 from KNAPTON-VIERLICH Katharina (GROW.DDG2.G.1) dated 20/02/2020.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint le document Ares(2020)1091415 de KNAPTON-VIERLICH Katharina (GROW.DDG2.G.1) daté du 20/02/2020.