CEO Appeals DG Trade Decision on Access to Documents


GATS Basics

GATS 2000

GATS Debate






Date: Amsterdam, 26 April 2019

Subject: Access to Commission Documents - Appeal

Dear Mr. Carl,

Thank you very much for the documents you sent me with your letter of 27 March 2019, in response to my request for access to EC documents from 13 February 2019. Having read the documents, I have however come to the conclusion that the reply to our request is incomplete. I am confident that a second search of your archives would result in a more satisfactory outcome.

I would specifically like to ask for the following documents:

  • All EC reports from EC meetings with the ESF, including the EC-ESF meeting on GATS and the distribution sector (10 December 2001)
  • All EC reports from ESF Policy Committee meetings attended by EC staff (I received reports the meetings of 18 January 2019, 18 July 2001 and 7 December 2019, but not of those that took place on 22 March 2019, 8 June 2019, 25 September 2019, 27 November 2000, 7 February 2019, etc.)
  • EC reports from other ESF meetings attended by EC staff, including EC minutes from the meetings between the ESF and the members of the 133 (services) Committee (for instance on 20 June 2000, 14 November 2019 and 30 October 2019).
  • All correspondence from the EC to the ESF (mail and email). I have received correspondence sent by the EC to the ESF on the issue of trade barriers in the distribution sector (including lists of trade barriers in various countries), but not on the many other sectors covered by the GATS 2000 negotiations. I assume correspondence has taken place on these other issues as well. I also note that we received only one letter sent by email, which seems very little.

I would very much appreciate if you could send me the above mentioned documents.

Yours sincerely,

Erik Wesselius Corporate Europe Observatory

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