Luisa Izuzquiza (FragDenStaat)
Dear European Parliament, Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1…
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Documents regarding or related to the allowances granted to Ioannis Lagos [#234819]
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7. Dezember 2021 21:44
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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: Any and all documents regarding or related to the allowances granted to Ioannis Lagos by the European Parliament from 7 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 (collectively “Allowances”). 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 the Allowances; - all documents related to or regarding the reimbursement of the Allowances; and - all correspondence with Ioannis Lagos’ office, including internal correspondence, as well as correspondence with third parties regarding the Allowances, and correspondence with the Parliament’s administration services. In this regard, we would like to argue that there is an undeniable public interest in the disclosure of the requested documents. Public scrutiny and accountability of the expenses of any publicly-elected Member of the European Parliament (“MEP”) is a fundamental standard of a democratic society. The European Ombudsman has explicitly acknowledged that transparency in public expenditure may increase trust in the EU institutions and it is natural for the public to have an interest in how public funds are used [1]. This case is of particular gravity because Ioannis Lagos has been convicted for serious crimes in Greece (membership and leadership of a criminal organisation) and sentenced to imprisonment of 13 years and 8 months. Even after having been convicted as a criminal, Ioannis Lagos continued to receive Allowances from the European Parliament, including travel allowances. [2] These Allowances were ultimately funded by EU citizens through their taxes. Notably, Ioannis Lagos had even stated to the press that, in the case his immunity would be waived by the Parliament, he was “planning to flee to a ‘European country’ where his rights would be protected”. [3] The situation therefore concerns a convicted criminal who, while receiving Allowances from the European Parliament, publicly admitted that he would attempt to escape the law. While the European Parliament publishes some information on MEPs’ salaries and pensions [4] and a summary of allowances [5], there is no information on the concrete amount which Ioannis Lagos received during his term up until now. There is also no information available as to the Allowances Ioannis Lagos received during the immunity waiver process before the European Parliament, if any. In this context, it is essential for the public to be able to scrutinise Ioannis Lagos’ expenses, especially since the first judgement issued in Greece declaring Golden Dawn as a criminal organisation on 7 October 2020. This information would shed light into how the Allowances paid by the European Parliament to Ioannis Lagos were used. It would help citizens understand whether these Allowances contributed, directly or indirectly, to funding or perpetuating criminal or otherwise illegal activity conducted by Ioannis Lagos, or evading compliance with an EU Member State court ruling. The information would also contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of the European Parliament’s rules concerning the immunity waiver process, the rights and obligations MEPs have during that process and how public funds may be used in this context in a similar process in the future. Overall, access to the requested information would increase transparency into how tax payers’ money is spent. 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, Luisa Izuzquiza, Arne Semsrott and Stefan Wehrmeyer Notes: [1] See Decision in case 221/2021/DL on the European Commission's refusal to give public access to documents concerning travel expenses related to an official trip by a staff member of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), par. 14; and Decision in case 1/2020/MIG on the European Economic and Social Committee's refusal of public access to documents concerning travel expenses related to an official trip to China, par. 13. [2] https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/19/world/europe/Greece-Golden-Dawn-Lagos.html [3] https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/27/world/europe/ioannis-lagos-golden-dawn-immunity.html [4] See European Parliament’s website on salaries and pensions: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/faq/13/salaries-and-pensions [5] See European Parliament’s website on allowances: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/faq/14/summary-of-allowances    [5] https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-9-2019-0078_EN.html
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A(2021)10718/DP/en - acknowledgement of receipt Our reference: A(2021)10718 Dear Ms Izuzguiza, Mr Semsrott and M…
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A(2021)10718/DP/en - acknowledgement of receipt
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8. Dezember 2021 14:16
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Our reference: A(2021)10718 Dear Ms Izuzguiza, Mr Semsrott and Mr Wehrmeyer, The European Parliament hereby acknowledges receipt of your application for public access to documents, which was registered on 8 December 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. A detailed privacy statement is available here<https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegistreWeb/dataprotection/home.htm>. 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,
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A(2021)10718 - request for narrow down in line with Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 Dear Ms Izuzguiza…
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A(2021)10718 - request for narrow down in line with Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001
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10. Januar 2022 14:28
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Dear Ms Izuzguiza, Mr Semsrott and Mr Wehrmeyer,, We hope that this email finds you well, in this beginning of 2022. Parliament needs more time to process your application A(2021)10718 due to the large number of documents concerned. Therefore the time limit to reply is hereby extended by 15 working days, in accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001. Furthermore, we wish to draw your attention to Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 on access to documents. This article provides that "In the event of an application relating to a very long document or to a very large number of documents, the institution concerned may confer with the applicant informally, with a view to finding a fair solution." With your application A(2021)10718, you did not request access to a specific Parliament document, but you requested access to all documents, including correspondence, related to all allowances, including the parliamentary assistance allowance, accorded to Ioannis Lagos, MEP, from 7 October 2020 to date. Parliament assessed the documents it holds in light of your request and it appears that your application concerns: - about 150 files per year concerning local assistants - about 14 documents per year concerning salary payments: 12 payslips, a separate slip for the annual indexation, and an annual income attestation for each year; - an undetermined, but potentially significant, number of documents concerning Medical Expenses: 1) in principle, two separate forms for bank information, 2) potentially also a request form for family members to be registered (again, not all MEPs do this), 3) then a few documents for every medical request – reimbursement, prior authorisation, direct billing in case of hospitalisation, recognition of serious illness, etc.’ - around 60 documents concerning Travel and subsistence allowances, including correspondence. Parliament's administration is unfortunately not in a position to assess all those documents within the time limits of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001. It is too many documents. Under these circumstances, and in light of the case law on the matter (see https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content… ), we would like to ask you, in line with Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, to agree to narrowing down the scope of your request to a workable amount of documents, either by rephrasing your request, or by limiting its scope to one of the category of documents identified above. Otherwise we could possibly have to refuse to process your request for excessive administrative burden reasons, in accordance with the case law. It goes without saying that, if you did agree to a narrow down, once this application A(2021)10718, is handled, you could submit a new one, for further access to other documents. Would you agree to such a proposal? We look forward to reading from you, Kind regards,
Luisa Izuzquiza (FragDenStaat)
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AW: A(2021)10718 - request for narrow down in line with Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 [#234819]
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14. Januar 2022 17:00
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Dear European Parliament, Thank you for your e-mail of 10 January 2022, in which you provided an estimation of the number falling under the scope of our initial request, and requested a fair solution in line with Article 6 (3) of Regulation 1049/2001. After careful consideration, and taking into account the concerns raised by the Parliament, we would like to propose the following approach: to split our initial request into three individual ones to be handled and processed subsequently. The requests would be divided as follows, and processed in the following order. 1. All documents (as per the list of documents we indicated in our initial request of 7 December 2021) from 7 October 2020 to 7 March 2021. 2. All documents (as per the list of documents we indicated in our initial request of 7 December 2021) from 8 March 2021 to 7 July 2021. 3. All documents (as per the list of documents we indicated in our initial request of 7 December 2021) from 8 July 2021 to 7 December 2021. We hope the Parliament will find this a suitable solution. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any other doubts or questions. Sincerely, << Adresse entfernt >> Anfragenr: 234819 Antwort an: <<E-Mail-Adresse>> Laden Sie große Dateien zu dieser Anfrage hier hoch: https://fragdenstaat.de/a/234819/ Postanschrift Luisa Izuzquiza << Adresse entfernt >> << Adresse entfernt >> << Adresse entfernt >> << Adresse entfernt >> << Adresse entfernt >>
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RE: A(2021)10718/DP/en - request for narrow down in line with Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001
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Dear Ms Izuzguiza, Mr Semsrott and Mr Wehrmeyer, Many thanks for your consideration and proposal. Please note that under the relevant case-law deadlines for applications for public access to documents cannot be negotiated, so that it is not possible to process one and the same application in several batches. It is however possible to limit the scope of the present application to the time period you indicated under '1' below in order to avoid an excessive administrative burden. As a consequence, the time periods you indicated under '2' and '3' would be excluded from the scope of this application, and Parliament would not automatically assess any documents related to those other two time periods after handling the present application. You could, however, lodge subsequent applications for public access to documents related to those other time periods after the present application has been handled. Please let us know if this is suitable to you. Best regards, [cid:image001.png@01D58B31.E2CF1C20] TRANSPARENCY UNIT European Parliament Directorate-General for the Presidency Directorate for Interinstitutional Affairs and Legislative Coordination <<E-Mail-Adresse>><mailto:<<E-Mail-Adresse>>> www.europarl.europa.eu/RegistreWeb<h…

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Luisa Izuzquiza (FragDenStaat)
AW: RE: A(2021)10718/DP/en - request for narrow down in line with Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 [#2…
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AW: RE: A(2021)10718/DP/en - request for narrow down in line with Article 6(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 [#234819]
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17. Januar 2022 16:49
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Dear European Parliament, Thank you for your e-mail of 17 January 2022. We hereby agree with the Parliament's proposal to proceed with request number 1. Request number 2 will therefore be filed again by us once the first request has been handled; eventually followed by request number 3. Sincerely, << Adresse entfernt >> Anfragenr: 234819 Antwort an: <<E-Mail-Adresse>> Laden Sie große Dateien zu dieser Anfrage hier hoch: https://fragdenstaat.de/a/234819/ Postanschrift Luisa Izuzquiza << Adresse entfernt >> << Adresse entfernt >> << Adresse entfernt >> << Adresse entfernt >> << Adresse entfernt >>