The 61st-110th Commission replies to confirmatory applications issued in 2020

La demande est partiellement réussie.

Maarten Hillebrandt

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

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 61st to the 110th final decisions by the European Commission in confirmatory application procedures under Regulation 1049/2001 issued in 2020. (An initial request for access to the first 60 confirmatory application decisions produced in 2020 was already made in 2 previous requests.)

The purpose for my request is academic research.

As with my previous similar requests, explicitly excluded from my request are:

- Any personal data contained in these decision documents - which means that the Commission need not spend any time contacting third parties, and that I agree to the Commission pre-emptively suppressing the contents of any such sections.
- Any related documents - I am exclusively interested in the documents issuing decisions and the legal justification contained therein.

Moreover, where English-language versions of the documents are available, I seek access merely to the version in that language.

Differently from my previous requests, I am this time seeking access to 50 confirmatory application decisions in a single request. On 6 April 2021, the European Ombudsman issued Decision 787/2020/DL concerning a complaint I had brought about the Commission's handling of a previous similar and related access request. In her decision, the Ombudsman takes note of my argument that the Commission should be able to handle at least 50 confirmatory application decisions per request (para 34). The Ombudsman concurs with the view, and therefore "urges the Commission to step up its processing of his requests to facilitate his research work" (para 35). Based on this decision, I respectfully ask the Commission to accept the volume of my current access request without further discussion.

Since the current request is moreover otherwise nearly identical in scope to my previous requests, I hope that no search for a fair solution procedure will be needed, so that the request can be handled in the shortest possible time frame.

In case any of the documents included in my request were already proactively published, I kindly request you to refer me to the precise URL at which they can be located.

My postal address is:
Dr. Maarten Hillebrandt
University of Helsinki
Faculty of Law
Eric Castrén Institute
Yliopistonkatu 3
00101 Helsinki

I do not have a need to receive paper copies of the relevant documents, with the transmission of digital versions of the requests documents to this access portal and to my email address sufficing: [email address].

Yours faithfully,
Maarten Hillebrandt

ve_sg.accessdoc (SG), Secrétariat général de la Commission européenne

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