Very excited about watchdog course I’m taking I decided to use my newly acquired competence and have just asked The Directorate General for Trade about CETA and TTIP agreements.
As you probably know most of the documents about negotiations between UE and Canada/US are not publicly available but I decided to take my chance :)
I used cool website designed by AccessInfo coalition. That’s what I wrote:
/// Dear Trade (TRADE), 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:
1) the content of all correspondence (including e-mails) between the European Commission and the Polish Government (especially Polish Ministry of Economy) on a) the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and b) the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
2) Polish negotiating positions or other documents presenting the opinions of the Polish authorities on the proposed provisions of CETA and TTIP agreements regarding to intellectual property, held by the Commission.
3) what individuals and organizations (private, social or public) have so far (up to the date of application) access to all or part of the proposed provisions of CETA and TTIP agreements. Please give me:
a) the names of these institutions and the names and positions of persons,
b) date of availability of documents,
c) their scope and
d) the purpose of availability, as well as
e) the legal basis on which this access was granted. ///
Here is the link where an answer will be published within 15 days. Keep your fingers crossed.
watch@_@bitch is watching :)
/// update 3.03.14 ///
I received very nice letter from Indre VAICEKAUSKAITE from Unit A3. Indre informed me that „the time limit will expire on 24/03/2014” but also asked about „the period covered by the request”. I elaborated that „I’m interested in all documents mentioned in my request but particulary in the last period of negotiations. So it is from 1st of July 2013 in case of TTIP and 1st of May 2009 in case of CETA to the date of the request.”
/// update 9.03.14 ///
I also asked Polish Ministry of Economy about our negotiating positions and proposed provisions TTIP agreement on IP issues.
I didn’t received any confirmation so not sure if they get my request. I’m a little worry because as I read another Ministry (of Culture) has huge problem with their form for access to information requests. It’s been 3 months and still doesn’t work. For real.
///EC TRADE still keeps me waiting:
„An extended time limit is needed as your application concerns potentially very large number documents. In addition majority of the documents requested originate from Member State which must be consulted in line with Article 4(4) of the Regulation.”
The new time limit expires on 14/04/2014.