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Still no access to ACTA documents

19 June, 2013

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Deutsch: Noch immer kein Zugang zu ACTA-Dokumenten

Today, 19 June 2013, the European Commission answered within the time limit it had set for itself to answer to DFRI's requests for ACTA documents. On 29 May 2013 the Commission extended the time limit with 15 working days arguing the "new time limit" was statutory under Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001. The Commission explained it had to extend the period by 15 working days because its reply to DFRI was "circulating for signature by the hierarchy" and that "circulating for signature by the hierarchy" is an "exceptional case" under the same article.

The answer EDRi member DFRI received today was not signed by anyone but the sender of the email. Neither did it contain any ACTA documents.

The Commission argues that: "The question of the Court to the Commission, being a procedural document, does not fall within the scope of Regulation 1049/2001 as Article 15(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFUE) specifies that the Court is only subject to obligations on Transparency when exercising their administrative tasks. This has as consequence that the document itself can't be disclosed by the Commission."

Email from European Commission refusing disclosure of ACTA documents (19.06.2013)

Email from European Commission extending deadline (29.05.2013)

All ACTA documents @ DFRI website

(Contribution by EDRi member DFRI - Sweden)



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