Margarida da Silva

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 the document SI (2018) 410 referring to a proposal on the reform of the Transparency Register.

This document was mentioned in the minutes of the of the 2263rd meeting of the Commission held in Brussels (Berlaymont) on Wednesday 18 July 2018 (morning)

Yours faithfully,

Margarida da Silva
Corporate Europe Observatory,
Rue d'Edimbourg 26
Brussels 1050

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[1]Ares(2018)5059949 - RE: access to documents request - Transparency
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Dear Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 02/10/2018.  We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
03/10/2018 under reference number GestDem 2018/5149.

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
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Please refer to their privacy policy.

Kind regards,

Carlos Remis
SG.B.4
Transparence
Berl. 05/315

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Dear Margarida da Silva,
 
Please find attached an advanced copy of the reply to your request for
access to documents of 02/10/2018 with our reference number GESTDEM
2018/5149.
 
Best regards,
 
Gitte Louise Olsen
Access to documents team
 
European Commission
Secretariat-General
Unit B4 - Transparency
Office address BERL 05/315
+32 2 995 63 26
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Margarida da Silva

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request 'Transparency Register - SI (2018) 410'.

Thank you for your reply to my request for access to documents reference number GESTDEM
2018/5149. I would herewith like to submit a confirmatory application.

You argue that complete and partial disclosure is prevented by Article 4 (3) of Regulation No 1049/2001 as :
« Disclosure of the document requested would seriously undermine tghe protection of the decision-making process of the European Commission, as it would reveal the European Commission’s internal assessment of the respective negotiating positions of the other two institutions in the ongoing interinstitutional negotiations on a mandatory Transparency Register »

This argumentation is at odds with Regulation 1049/2001 for the following reasons:
When using the exception article 4.3 on protecting the decision-making process, the institution must prove that an exception “may be justified only if access to that document could specifically and effectively undermine the protected interest. Moreover, the risk of the protected interest being undermined must not be purely hypothetical and must be reasonably foreseeable.” (Case C‑280/11 P, Access Info vs. Council).

This was not the case in your reply.

I would also like to reiterate that there is an overwhelming public interest in disclosure of these documents as these relate to the Commission’s position on the reform of the EU Transparency Register, a position that was agreed in College of Commissioners but its content is not public.

There is a widespread interest in the issue of lobby transparency across the EU as it speaks directly to the accountability and scrutiny of policy-makers’ interactions with vested interests. This documents seems to be the current Commission position in the negotiations for an Inter-Institutional Agreement which is a fairly non-transparent process itself.

We notice as well that similar documents containing assessments on the negotiations have been released by the European Parliament, which would make it unacceptable for the Commission to not match that standard of transparency.

There is a pressing and obvious need to be transparent about discussions on lobby transparency.

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

Yours faithfully,
Margarida da Silva
CEO, Rue d'Edimbourg 26,
1050 Bruxelles

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).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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[1]Ares(2018)5254038 - RE: Internal review of access to documents request
- Transparency Register - SI (2018) 410

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Dear Madam,

Thank you for your email dated 12/10/2018 by which you request, pursuant
to Regulation No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament,
Council and Commission documents, a review of the position taken by
Secretariat General in reply to your initial application GESTDEM
2018/5149.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory application for access
to documents which was registered on 12/10/2018 (Ares(2018)5253834).

Your application will be handled within 15 working days (06/11/2018).  In
case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due
course.

Please be informed that the answer to your confirmatory application is a
formal Commission decision that will be notified to you by express
delivery. Thank you for having provided your contact phone number, so that
the external delivery service can contact you in case of absence.

Please note that the Commission will not use your phone number for any
other purpose than for informing the delivery service, and that it will
delete it immediately thereafter.

Yours faithfully,

Carlos Remis
SG.B.4.
Transparence.
Berl. 05/329.

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[5]Ares(2018)5527913 - Your confirmatory application for access to
documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 - GESTDEM 2018-5149

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Dear Ms da Silva,

I refer to your email of 12 October 2018, by which you submit a
confirmatory application in accordance with Article 7(2) of Regulation
(EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council
and Commission documents[6]^[1] (‘Regulation 1049/2001’).

Your confirmatory application is currently being handled. Unfortunately,
we have not yet been able to gather all the elements we need to carry out
a full analysis of your request in order to take a final decision.

Therefore, we are not in a position to reply to your confirmatory request
within the prescribed time limit which expires on 6 November 2018.

Consequently, we have to extend this period by another 15 working days in
accordance with Article 8(2) of Regulation 1049/2001. The new deadline
expires on 27 November 2018.

Yours sincerely,

 

Martine Fouwels

Deputy Head of Unit

 

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Unit B4 (Transparency)

 

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[8][1]      Official Journal L 145 of 31.5.2001, p. 43.

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Dear Ms Da Silva,

I refer to your email of  12 October 2018 by which you submit a
confirmatory application in accordance with Article 7(2) of Regulation
(EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council
and Commission documents[6]^[1] ('Regulation 1049/2001').

I also refer to our holding reply of 29 October 2018, by which the time
limit for replying to your confirmatory application was extended by 15
working days, pursuant to Article 8(2) of the Regulation. This extended
time limit expires on 27 November 2018.

I regret to have to inform you that we will not be able to respond within
the extended time-limit, as we have not yet finalised internal
consultations. I can assure you that we are doing our utmost to provide
you with a final reply as soon as possible.

I regret this additional delay and sincerely apologise for any
inconvenience this may cause.

Yours sincerely,

María OLIVÁN AVILÉS
Head of Unit

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European Commission

Secretariat General

Unit C1 (Transparency, Document Management & Access to Documents)

 

 

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[8][1]      Official Journal L 145 of 31.5.2001, p. 43.

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Margarida da Silva

Dear Secretariat General of the European Commission,

I have submitted this confirmatory application over 2 months ago. When will I receive a reply?

Yours faithfully,

Margarida da Silva

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).
 
 
L’unité «Transparence» du secrétariat général de la Commission européenne
a bien reçu votre message.
Les demandes d’accès du public aux documents sont traitées sur la base du
[2]règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l’accès du public
aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission.
Le secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours
ouvrables à compter de la date d’enregistrement de votre demande, et vous
informera de cet enregistrement (ou vous indiquera toute information
supplémentaire à fournir en vue de l'enregistrement et/ou du traitement de
votre demande).
 
 
Ihre Nachricht ist beim Referat „Transparenz“ des Generalsekretariats der
Europäischen Kommission eingegangen.
Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden auf der Grundlage der
[3]Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der
Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und
der Kommission behandelt.
Das Generalsekretariat beantwortet Ihre Anfrage innerhalb von
15 Arbeitstagen nach deren Registrierung und wird Sie über die
Registrierung Ihres Antrags (oder die Notwendigkeit weiterer Informationen
im Hinblick auf dessen Registrierung und/oder Bearbeitung) unterrichten.
 
 

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[5]Ares(2019)338453 - Confirmatory decision taken on your request for
access to documents registered under Gestdem number 2018/5149

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Dear Madam,

 

Please find attached an advance information copy of the confirmatory
decision taken on your request for access to documents registered under
Gestdem number 2018/5149, adopted on 18/01/2019 in the above-mentioned
case.

 

Please note that the Secretariat General of the European Commission will
proceed with the formal notification of the decision in the coming days.

 

This advance copy is solely sent for your information and is not the
formal notification of the confirmatory.

 

Yours sincerely,

Carlos Remis
SG.C.1
Transparence
Berl. 05/315

 

 

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