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Documents regarding Ioannis Lagos

Dear European Parliament,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, we are requesting the following documents:

1. Any and all documents regarding or related to the request for waiver of the immunity of Ioannis Lagos.

This includes, but is not limited to:

a) For any and all meetings held by the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs in which the request for waiver was discussed or mentioned: all records of the aforementioned meetings. This may include, but not necessarily limited to, minutes of the meetings, verbatim reports of the meetings, transcripts etc., that would provide a record of the proceedings, as well as any outcomes.

b) All documents created or received by the Legal Affairs Committee for the purpose and/or in the context of these discussions, and/or distributed among the attendees before or during the course of these meetings. This may include, but is not limited to, briefings or background notes, documents presented by interested parties (such as Ioannis Lagos), or any relevant legal assessments.

c) All correspondence – including, but not limited to, letters, e-mails, and any attachments – regarding, related to, or mentioning the request for waiver of the immunity of Ioannis Lagos and the subsequent deliberations.

d) Every document in Committee dossier JURI/9/04660.

Please note that I am interested in all documents from 20 October 2020 to date.

2. Any and all documents regarding or related to the allowances granted to Ioannis Lagos by the European Parliament from 20 October 2020 to date. We are interested in particular in:
- Travel expenses, including for travel, accommodation and related expenses;
- Daily allowance (or “subsistence allowance”);
- General expenditure allowance, as well as reimbursements of professional training costs for language and IT costs; and
- Expenses related to salaries, relating to accredited as well as local parliamentary assistants.

This includes, but is not limited to:
- all applications, receipts, expenses forms, tickets, odometer readings, invoices and/or bills submitted by Ioannis Lagos in relation to these allowances;
- all documents related to or regarding the reimbursement of these allowances; and
- all correspondence with Ioannis Lagos’ office, including internal correspondence, as well as correspondence with third parties regarding these allowances, and correspondence with the Parliament’s administration services.

To this regard, we would like to argue that there is an undeniable public interest in the disclosure of the requested documents. Ioannis Lagos’ activity as a Member of the European Parliament, as well as the process of waiving his immunity, has attracted the attention of international media, including the New York Times, as well as international human rights organisations, such as Human Rights Watch. [1] [2]

While public scrutiny and accountability of the expenses of any publicly-elected Member of the European Parliament should be the most basic of standards in any democracy, this case entails particular importance since Ioannis Lagos has been found guilty of one major crime (membership and leadership of a criminal organisation) and two smaller offences in Greece, and sentenced to a 13 years and 8 months in prison.

For a period of six months since his conviction as a criminal to date, Ioannis Lagos has continued to receive allowances from the European Parliament, including for travel. It is worth stating that Mr Lagos has previously stated to the press that, in the case his immunity would be revoked by the Parliament, he was “planning to flee to a “European country” where his rights would be protected”. [3]

In this context, it is essential for the public to be able to scrutinise Mr Lagos’ expenses for the period ranging from his conviction to the waiving of his immunity, in order to guarantee that European Parliament resources were not used to perpetuate sentenced criminal activity, or to evade compliance with a prison sentence dictated by an EU Member State court.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any doubts or questions in regards to this request.

Thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

<< Adresse entfernt >>
Arne Semsrott

Notes:
[1] [3] https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/27/worl…
[2] https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/19/worl…

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Dear European Parliament, Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, we are requesting the following documents: 1. Any and all documents regarding or related to the request for waiver of the immunity of Ioannis Lagos. This includes, but is not limited to: a) For any and all meetings held by the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs in which the request for waiver was discussed or mentioned: all records of the aforementioned meetings. This may include, but not necessarily limited to, minutes of the meetings, verbatim reports of the meetings, transcripts etc., that would provide a record of the proceedings, as well as any outcomes. b) All documents created or received by the Legal Affairs Committee for the purpose and/or in the context of these discussions, and/or distributed among the attendees before or during the course of these meetings. This may include, but is not limited to, briefings or background notes, documents presented by interested parties (such as Ioannis Lagos), or any relevant legal assessments. c) All correspondence – including, but not limited to, letters, e-mails, and any attachments – regarding, related to, or mentioning the request for waiver of the immunity of Ioannis Lagos and the subsequent deliberations. d) Every document in Committee dossier JURI/9/04660. Please note that I am interested in all documents from 20 October 2020 to date. 2. Any and all documents regarding or related to the allowances granted to Ioannis Lagos by the European Parliament from 20 October 2020 to date. We are interested in particular in: - Travel expenses, including for travel, accommodation and related expenses; - Daily allowance (or “subsistence allowance”); - General expenditure allowance, as well as reimbursements of professional training costs for language and IT costs; and - Expenses related to salaries, relating to accredited as well as local parliamentary assistants. This includes, but is not limited to: - all applications, receipts, expenses forms, tickets, odometer readings, invoices and/or bills submitted by Ioannis Lagos in relation to these allowances; - all documents related to or regarding the reimbursement of these allowances; and - all correspondence with Ioannis Lagos’ office, including internal correspondence, as well as correspondence with third parties regarding these allowances, and correspondence with the Parliament’s administration services. To this regard, we would like to argue that there is an undeniable public interest in the disclosure of the requested documents. Ioannis Lagos’ activity as a Member of the European Parliament, as well as the process of waiving his immunity, has attracted the attention of international media, including the New York Times, as well as international human rights organisations, such as Human Rights Watch. [1] [2] While public scrutiny and accountability of the expenses of any publicly-elected Member of the European Parliament should be the most basic of standards in any democracy, this case entails particular importance since Ioannis Lagos has been found guilty of one major crime (membership and leadership of a criminal organisation) and two smaller offences in Greece, and sentenced to a 13 years and 8 months in prison. For a period of six months since his conviction as a criminal to date, Ioannis Lagos has continued to receive allowances from the European Parliament, including for travel. It is worth stating that Mr Lagos has previously stated to the press that, in the case his immunity would be revoked by the Parliament, he was “planning to flee to a “European country” where his rights would be protected”. [3] In this context, it is essential for the public to be able to scrutinise Mr Lagos’ expenses for the period ranging from his conviction to the waiving of his immunity, in order to guarantee that European Parliament resources were not used to perpetuate sentenced criminal activity, or to evade compliance with a prison sentence dictated by an EU Member State court. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any doubts or questions in regards to this request. Thank you in advance. Yours faithfully, << Adresse entfernt >> << Adresse entfernt >> Notes: [1] [3] https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/27/worl… [2] https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/19/worl… << Adresse entfernt >> Anfragenr: 219403 Antwort an: <<E-Mail-Adresse>> Laden Sie große Dateien zu dieser Anfrage hier hoch: https://fragdenstaat.de/a/219403/ Postanschrift << Adresse entfernt >> Luisa Izuzquiza << Adresse entfernt >> << Adresse entfernt >> << Adresse entfernt >> << Adresse entfernt >> << Adresse entfernt >>

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Our reference: EP(2021)011519 Dear Ms Izuzguiza, The European Parliament hereby acknowledges receipt of your application for public access to documents, which was registered on 28/04/2021. All requests for public access to documents are treated in compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents. In accordance with the above-mentioned Regulation, your application will be handled within 15 working days upon registration of your request. Your personal data will be processed in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data. The European Parliament reserves the right to ask for additional information regarding your identity in order to verify compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 and the European Parliament’s implementing measures. Your attention is drawn to the fact that you have lodged your application via the fragdenstaat.de website, which is a private website not officially related to the European Parliament. Therefore, the European Parliament cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to the use of this system. In addition, please note that any personal data that you provide by using fragdenstaat.de website may be disclosed to the general public and visible on this private website. The European Parliament cannot be held responsible for such disclosure. Should you need to communicate directly to Parliament any personal data and would like to avoid public disclosure, you may do so from your private email address by using the following functional mailbox address: AccesDocs(at)europarl.europa.eu Kind regards,