reply to Danish authorities - Hague adoption convention

Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations n'avait pas les informations demandées.

Dear Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations,

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:

the reply of DG Enlargement to the Danish letter I received from DG JUST about the Hague Convention on Adoption.

As you can see at the below link, the letter was forwarded for reply to DG Enlargement.

http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/lette...

Yours faithfully,

Arun Dohle

Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

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Arun Dohle

Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

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Sent request to Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations again, using a new contact address.

Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your email dated 09/07/2015. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 14/07/2015 under reference number GestDem 2015/3728.

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 05/08/2015.

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

Yours faithfully,

NEAR-ACCDOC Team.

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Time Limit 5 August 2015

Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

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Dear Mr Dohle,

Please find enclosed the reply letter.

Kind regards,
NEAR ACCDOC Team

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Dear Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews : [email address]

I am writing to request an internal review of Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations's handling of my FOI request 'reply to Danish authorities - Hague adoption convention'.

It is hard to believe that the document I requested does not exist.

The below is from a 2007 webpage of the Danish adoption agency DanAdopt. It is no longer online, but I had filed it.

"We start to turn the clock back to the autumn of 2005, when the NAC was represented at a conference in The Hague, whose purpose was to discuss the practical application of the Hague Convention in both deliver-as beneficiary. Here presented a representative of the EU Commission of the Commission's views, and we were to say the least surprised when she particular expressed the view that international adoption should be seen as the absolute last resort. This was quite contrary to the way we think and work and which we believe is the correct interpretation of the Hague Convention, namely that it is in the best interests of the child to be part of a family rather than being placed in an institution in its home country. Subsequently, we encountered similar views expressed by various parties in the EU system, including from an English member of the European Parliament, Baroness Emma Nicholson, who has been closely involved in the process of the accession negotiations with Bulgaria and (especially) Romania. In the recent past, the EU Commission replied to a question from the Danish authorities, which bl.a.hedder that international adoption can only be considered if there is no appropriate way to take care of the child's country of origin. Later in the response goes on to express that, in general, in Romania and Bulgaria are the adequate care here, why the Hague Convention does not oblige the 2 countries to release children for international adoption. The Swedish authorities have received the reply from Brussels that there is no EU decision on international adoptions. Confused? "

The same Danish adoption agency sent a letter to the Danish European Commissioner in 2007, which also refers to the same letter of DG Enlargement. This letter was made public last year
http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/1350/...

I also in 2007 got a private copy of that letter, but would appreciate if the European Commission can make it accessible to the public under Regulation 1049/2001.

The code on the letter is ELARG/A/TS/BW D(2006)10339

Intrigued by the fact that this letter seems difficult to find, I hereby also request access to the letter addressed to the Swedish authorities (as mentioned in the DanAdopt text). Unless you want me to make a separate request for that.

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

Yours faithfully,

Arun Dohle

Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

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Dear Mr Dohle,

Please find enclosed the final reply letter.

Kind regards,
NEAR ACCDOC Team

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Still waiting for the second part of the Confirmatory Appeal - the letter to the Swedish Authorities

Time Limit 28 August 2015

From: NEAR-ACCDOC@ec.europa.eu [mailto:NEAR-ACCDOC@ec.europa.eu]
Sent: Freitag, 7. August 2015 15:22
To: arundohle@gmail.com
Cc: NEAR-ACCDOC@ec.europa.eu
Subject: RE: Confirmatory Appeal GestDem 2015/3728

Dear Sir,

We refer to the e-mail which you sent to the General Secretariat of the Commission on 05/08/2015; you sent an e-mail with the same content to DG NEAR. The General Secretariat asked NEAR to deal with your request.

With a view to our final reply letter to you of 06/08/2015 and the document we attached thereto as registered under GestDem 2015/3728, the present application refers to the following sentence of your e-mails of 05/08/2015:

"Intrigued by the fact that this letter seems difficult to find, I
hereby also request access to the letter addressed to the Swedish
authorities (as mentioned in the DanAdopt text)."

We note that the letter by DanAdopt which you included in your e-mail of 05/08/2015 through link
http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/1350/...

mentioned that the Swedish central authority for adoption was on the other side informed that no fixed EU policy exists.

In this context, we hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 07/08/2015 under reference number GestDem 2015/4255.

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 28/08/2015.

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

Yours faithfully,

NEAR-ACCDOC Team.

Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

Dear Sir,

 

We refer to your requests for access to documents, registered on
07/08/2015 under the above mentioned reference numbers.

Your applications are currently being handled. However, we will not be in
a position to complete the handling of your applications within the time
limit of 15 working days, which expires today.

An extended time limit is needed as the application concerns a large
number of documents. 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 will
expire on 18/09/2015.

 

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

 

Yours faithfully,

 

NEAR ACCDOC.

 

From: NEAR ACCDOC
Sent: Friday, August 07, 2015 3:22 PM
To: '[email address]'
Cc: NEAR ACCDOC
Subject: RE: Confirmatory Appeal GestDem 2015/3728

 

Dear Sir,

 

We refer to the e-mail which you sent to the General Secretariat of the
Commission on 05/08/2015; you sent an e-mail with the same content to DG
NEAR. The General Secretariat asked NEAR to deal with your request.

 

With a view to our final reply letter to you of 06/08/2015 and the
document we attached thereto as registered under GestDem 2015/3728, the
present application refers to the following sentence of your e-mails of
05/08/2015:

 

"Intrigued by the fact that this letter seems difficult to find, I
hereby also request access to the letter addressed to the Swedish
authorities (as mentioned in the DanAdopt text)."

We note that the letter by DanAdopt which you included in your e-mail of
05/08/2015 through link

[1]http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/1350/...

mentioned that the Swedish central authority for adoption was on the other
side informed that no fixed EU policy exists.

 

In this context, we hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for
access to documents, which was registered on 07/08/2015 under reference
number GestDem 2015/4255.

 

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
28/08/2015.

 

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

 

Yours faithfully,

 

NEAR-ACCDOC Team.

 

 

 

From: Arun Dohle [[2]mailto:[email address]]
Sent: Wednesday, August 05, 2015 7:01 PM
To: SG ACCES DOCUMENTS
Subject: Confirmatory Appeal GestDem 2015/3728

 

 

Dear General Secretariat ,

I am writing to request an internal review of Neighbourhood and
Enlargement Negotiations's handling of my FOI request 'reply to
Danish authorities - Hague adoption convention' - GestDem 2015/3728.

It is hard to believe that the document I requested does not exist.

The below is from a 2007 webpage of the Danish adoption agency
DanAdopt. It is no longer online, but I had filed it.

"We start to turn the clock back to the autumn of 2005, when the
NAC was represented at a conference in The Hague, whose purpose was
to discuss the practical application of the Hague Convention in
both deliver-as beneficiary. Here presented a representative of the
EU Commission of the Commission's views, and we were to say the
least surprised when she particular expressed the view that
international adoption should be seen as the absolute last resort.
This was quite contrary to the way we think and work and which we
believe is the correct interpretation of the Hague Convention,
namely that it is in the best interests of the child to be part of
a family rather than being placed in an institution in its home
country. Subsequently, we encountered similar views expressed by
various parties in the EU system, including from an English member
of the European Parliament, Baroness Emma Nicholson, who has been
closely involved in the process of the accession negotiations with
Bulgaria and (especially) Romania. In the recent past, the EU
Commission replied to a question from the Danish authorities, which
bl.a.hedder that international adoption can only be considered if
there is no appropriate way to take care of the child's country of
origin. Later in the response goes on to express that, in general,
in Romania and Bulgaria are the adequate care here, why the Hague
Convention does not oblige the 2 countries to release children for
international adoption. The Swedish authorities have received the
reply from Brussels that there is no EU decision on international
adoptions. Confused? "

The same Danish adoption agency sent a letter to the Danish
European Commissioner in 2007, which also refers to the same letter
of DG Enlargement. This letter was made public last year
[3]http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/1350/...

I also in 2007 got a private copy of that letter, but would
appreciate if the European Commission can make it accessible to the
public under Regulation 1049/2001.

The code on the letter is ELARG/A/TS/BW D(2006)10339

Intrigued by the fact that this letter seems difficult to find, I
hereby also request access to the letter addressed to the Swedish
authorities (as mentioned in the DanAdopt text). Unless you want me
to make a separate request for that.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
available on the Internet at this address:
[4]http://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/reply...

Yours faithfully,

Arun Dohle

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Klaus Zinser a laissé une remarque ()

After an internal review (on 5th August 2015):
"It is hard to believe that the document I requested does not exist."
and:
"I also in 2007 got a private copy of that letter, but would
appreciate if the European Commission can make it accessible to the
public under Regulation 1049/2001."

Very Strange.

Arun Dohle a laissé une remarque ()

New Time Limit: 18 September 2015

Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

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Dear Sir,

Further to your request for access to documents, please find attached the relative reply letter.

Yours faithfully,

NEAR-ACCDOC Team.

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EC ARES NOREPLY, Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

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Veuillez trouver ci-joint le document Ares(2015)3865397 concernant "DOHLE Arun Ref GestDem No 2015/4255" envoyé par M/Mme MEREDITH Lawrence le 18/09/2015.

Please find attached document Ares(2015)3865397 regarding "DOHLE Arun Ref GestDem No 2015/4255" sent by Mr/Ms MEREDITH Lawrence on 18/09/2015.

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