SMS between Donald Tusk and heads of states

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Dear European Council,

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

All text messages (i.e., SMS messages) and other mobile-phone-based text communications (e.g., WhatsApp, Telegram, iMessage, Facebook Chat, SnapChat, Slack, Facebook and Twitter "direct messages," Signal Messenger, Wire, etc.) sent by – or on behalf of – Council President Donald Tusk in exchange with EU and foreign heads of state or heads of government in 2018

Yours faithfully,
Luisa Izuzquiza and


Korrespondenz

Von
Arne Semsrott (Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.)
Betreff
SMS between Donald Tusk and heads of states [#169833]
Datum
5. November 2019 09:19
An
Europäischer Rat
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Dear European Council, Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, we are requesting documents which contain the following information: All text messages (i.e., SMS messages) and other mobile-phone-based text communications (e.g., WhatsApp, Telegram, iMessage, Facebook Chat, SnapChat, Slack, Facebook and Twitter "direct messages," Signal Messenger, Wire, etc.) sent by – or on behalf of – Council President Donald Tusk in exchange with EU and foreign heads of state or heads of government in 2018 Yours faithfully, Luisa Izuzquiza and
Arne Semsrott <<E-Mail-Adresse>> Postanschrift Arne Semsrott << Adresse entfernt >>
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Europäischer Rat
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RE: SMS between Donald Tusk and heads of states [#169833]
Datum
5. November 2019 09:19
Status
Warte auf Antwort

Your message has been received by the Transparency and Access to Documents Unit of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. All requests for access to documents are treated on the basis of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents. The General Secretariat will reply to your request within 15 working days upon registration of your request. Requests received before 5 PM on a working day are registered on the same day. Requests received after 5 PM are registered on the first following working day. *** This notification was sent from an unattended mailbox. Please do not reply. *** To see the text of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, please click here: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/Lex… If the link doesn't open when you click on it, please copy - paste it into your browser. *** L'unité "Transparence et accès aux documents" du Secrétariat général du Conseil de l'Union européenne a bien reçu votre message. Toutes les demandes d'accès à des documents sont traitées conformément au règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l'accès du public aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission. Le Secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours ouvrables à compter de l'enregistrement de celle-ci. Les demandes reçues les jours ouvrables avant 17 heures sont enregistrées le jour même. Les demandes reçues après 17 heures sont enregistrées le premier jour ouvrable suivant. *** S'il vous plaît ne répondez pas à ce message, car il a été envoyé d'une boîte aux lettres sans surveillance. *** Pour consulter le texte du règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001, cliquez ici: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/Lex… Si le lien ne s'ouvre pas lorsque vous cliquez dessus, veuillez copier-coller l'adresse dans votre navigateur. *** Ihre Nachricht ist bei der Dienststelle "Transparenz und Zugang zu Dokumenten" des General-sekretariats des Rates der Europäischen Union eingegangen. Alle Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden gemäß der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und der Kommission bearbeitet. Das Generalsekretariat wird Ihnen binnen fünfzehn Arbeitstagen nach Registrierung Ihres Antrags eine Antwort übermitteln. Anträge, die an einem Arbeitstag vor 17.00 Uhr eingehen, werden noch am selben Tages registriert. Nach 17.00 Uhr eingehende Anträge werden am erstfolgenden Arbeitstag registriert. *** Diese Nachricht wurde automatisch generiert. Bitte nicht antworten. *** Den Text der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 finden Sie hier: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/Lex… Wenn sich der Link beim Anklicken nicht öffnet, kopieren Sie den bitte mit "copy/paste" in Ihren Browser. ***
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Europäischer Rat
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Ref. 19/2305-ld/mf
Datum
25. November 2019 15:52
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Please find attached a letter from the General Secretariat of the Council concerning your request for access to documents. Yours sincerely,
Von
Arne Semsrott (Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.)
Betreff
Confirmatory application Ref. 19/2305-ld/mf [#169833]
Datum
25. November 2019 20:49
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Europäischer Rat
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E-Mail wurde erfolgreich versendet.

Dear Council of the EU, please note that the original request was filed both by Luisa Izuzquia and Arne Semsrott. Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications. We are filing the following confirmatory application with regards to our access to documents request 'SMS of Donald Tusk and heads of state'. On 5 November 2019, we submitted an access to documents request for: “All text messages (i.e., SMS messages) and other mobile-phone-based text communications (e.g., WhatsApp, Telegram, iMessage, Facebook Chat, SnapChat, Slack, Facebook and Twitter "direct messages," Signal Messenger, Wire, etc.) sent by – or on behalf of – Council President Donald Tusk in exchange with EU and foreign heads of state or heads of government in 2018” The request was registered by the Council on 5 November 2019 under reference 19/2305-ld/mf. On 26 November 2019, the Council refused access to the request arguing that: “no such SMS messages or other mobile-phone-based text communications sent out in the professional context containing substantial and not short-lived information that would be considered as documents drawn up by the European Council within the meaning of Article 3(a) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 are in the possession of the GSC.” To this regard, we would like to argue that: 1. Text messages and other mobile-phone based text communications do fall under the definition of “document” in Regulation 1049/2001. Article 3 (a) of Regulation 1049/2001 reads: “‘document’ shall mean any content whatever its medium (written on paper or stored in electronic form or as a sound, visual or audiovisual recording) concerning a matter relating to the policies, activities and decisions falling within the institution's sphere of responsibility;” To this extent, the Council cannot validly argue that a text message does not constitute “content” transmitted via an electronic “medium”. It is also undeniable that all correspondence - including text messages and other mobile-phone-based communications - exchanged between Council President Donald Tusk and EU heads of state and government fall, at the very least, into “a matter relating to” “activities” within the Council’s responsibility, if not “policies” and/or “decisions”. It is in fact public knowledge that mobile-phone-based communications take place between politicians - and among European leaders in particular -, and that when these communications happen, they will frequently relate to a policy matter or to an activity or decision that affects the public interest. Example of this kind of practice can be found in news reports. A recent story by Yahoo! Finance describes a Commission spokesperson stating that EC President Juncker and UK Prime Minister May are in touch via text message. [1] A recent Guardian story notes that diplomats outside of the room are informed about progress at Council meeting by text message [2]. Also, President Tusk has reportedly done important negotiations via text. According to a story by the Associated Press, Greek debt crisis negotiations in July 2015 were saved by SMS between President Tusk and Dutch Premier Mark Rutte. Given that the scope of our initial request covers the whole of the year 2018, and taking into account the examples mentioned above, it is hard to believe that the Council would not be able to find text messages sent by Mr Tusk “relating to the policies, activities and decisions falling within the institution's sphere of responsibility” - thus making text messages a “document” according to Regulation 1049/2001. 2. A refusal based on the consideration of information as “substantial” and “short-lived” is out of line with Regulation of 1049/2001. As stated above, the Council’s refusal is based on an erred interpretation of Article 3 (a) of Regulation 1049/2001. However, it is worth mentioning that the Council bases its arguments on considerations regarding the content of text messages, not the format. Article 3 (a) establishes that, for a “document” to be considered as such, “content” and “medium” need to exist. The Article does not limit certain types of content (such as substantial or non-substantial; short-lived or long-lived) that could define a document as such. On the contrary, only the existence of “content” and “medium” must be demonstrated, which in this case it has. On the other hand, if the actual nature of the content is suitable for release or not, is something that is covered by a series of legitimate exceptions to access listed in other articles of Regulation 1049/2001, such as Article 4. None of these articles include non-“substantial” or “short-lived” as legitimate grounds for refusing access to an EU document. The Council’s argument therefore lacks any kind of legal basis under EU law, and cannot be considered as a valid. 3. Other types of documents that constitute exchange of messages of a non-substantial and short-lived nature are frequently considered suitable for disclosure under Regulation 1049/2001. It is common practice by EU institutions to release documents that constitute futile or short-lived communications between EU officials, such as e-mails. In terms of “content” and “medium”, in the year 2019, there is little difference between e-mail communication and text message communication. If, for years now, the EU has considered that e-mails fall under Article 3 (a)’s definition of “document”, the Council cannot validly argue that a text message, which merely constitutes a technologically-advanced version of an e-mail message, does not fall under the definition of “document” as well. To this regard, we would like to recall that the European Ombudsman has established that ensuring the right of public access to documents should be consistent with technological development. [4] Therefore, given that the factual and legal basis for considering text messages a “document” under Regulation 1049/2001 has been clearly established, and that adapting EU law and its interpretation to technological progress has been considered in line with the principle of good administration, we are calling on the Council to: - rectify its initial assessment that text messages and other mobile-phone-based communications do not fall under the scope of Article 3 (a) of Regulation 1049/2001; and - disclose all text messages and other mobile-phone-based text communications sent by – or on behalf of – Council President Donald Tusk in exchange with EU and foreign heads of state or heads of government in 2018. Thank you in advance. A full history of the request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://fragdenstaat.de/anfrage/sms-bet… Yours faithfully, Luisa Izuzquiza and Arne Semsrott Notes: [1] https://finance.yahoo.com/news/may-call… [2] https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20… [3] https://apnews.com/420b699b2dae44808f14… [4] https://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/lett… Anfragenr: 169833 Antwort an: <<E-Mail-Adresse>> Laden Sie große Dateien zu dieser Anfrage hier hoch: https://fragdenstaat.de/a/169833 Postanschrift Arne Semsrott << Adresse entfernt >>
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Europäischer Rat
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RE: Confirmatory application Ref. 19/2305-ld/mf [#169833]
Datum
25. November 2019 20:49
Status
Warte auf Antwort

Your message has been received by the Transparency and Access to Documents Unit of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. All requests for access to documents are treated on the basis of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents. The General Secretariat will reply to your request within 15 working days upon registration of your request. Requests received before 5 PM on a working day are registered on the same day. Requests received after 5 PM are registered on the first following working day. *** This notification was sent from an unattended mailbox. Please do not reply. *** To see the text of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, please click here: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/Lex… If the link doesn't open when you click on it, please copy - paste it into your browser. *** Please note that our offices are closed from 23 December 2019 5 PM until 3 January 2020. *** L'unité "Transparence et accès aux documents" du Secrétariat général du Conseil de l'Union européenne a bien reçu votre message. Toutes les demandes d'accès à des documents sont traitées conformément au règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l'accès du public aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission. Le Secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours ouvrables à compter de l'enregistrement de celle-ci. Les demandes reçues les jours ouvrables avant 17 heures sont enregistrées le jour même. Les demandes reçues après 17 heures sont enregistrées le premier jour ouvrable suivant. *** S'il vous plaît ne répondez pas à ce message, car il a été envoyé d'une boîte aux lettres sans surveillance. *** Pour consulter le texte du règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001, cliquez ici: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/Lex… Si le lien ne s'ouvre pas lorsque vous cliquez dessus, veuillez copier-coller l'adresse dans votre navigateur. *** Veuillez noter que nos bureaux seront fermés du 23 décembre 2019 à 17 heures au 3 janvier 2020. *** Ihre Nachricht ist bei der Dienststelle "Transparenz und Zugang zu Dokumenten" des General-sekretariats des Rates der Europäischen Union eingegangen. Alle Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden gemäß der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und der Kommission bearbeitet. Das Generalsekretariat wird Ihnen binnen fünfzehn Arbeitstagen nach Registrierung Ihres Antrags eine Antwort übermitteln. Anträge, die an einem Arbeitstag vor 17.00 Uhr eingehen, werden noch am selben Tages registriert. Nach 17.00 Uhr eingehende Anträge werden am erstfolgenden Arbeitstag registriert. *** Diese Nachricht wurde automatisch generiert. Bitte nicht antworten. *** Den Text der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 finden Sie hier: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/Lex… Wenn sich der Link beim Anklicken nicht öffnet, kopieren Sie den bitte mit "copy/paste" in Ihren Browser. *** Unsere Dienststelle ist vom 23. Dezember 2019 (17.00 Uhr) bis zum 3. Januar 2020 geschlossen. ***
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RE: Confirmatory application Ref. 19/2305-ld/mf [#169833] 39/c/01/19
Datum
27. November 2019 14:59
Status
Warte auf Antwort

Dear Mr Semsrott, We are handling you confirmatory request below, but would like to have your agreement to publish your and Luisa's name in our (public) documents. We can't find back this request on "Frag den Staat" nor "Ask the EU "and therefore would like to check first with you... thanks a lot for your swift reply! Kind regards. Luc De Hert Administrator
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Arne Semsrott (Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.)
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AW: RE: Confirmatory application Ref. 19/2305-ld/mf [#169833] 39/c/01/19 [#169833]
Datum
27. November 2019 15:07
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Europäischer Rat
Status
E-Mail wurde erfolgreich versendet.

Dear Mr De Hert, thank you. You can publish our names. You can find the request here: https://fragdenstaat.de/anfrage/sms-bet… Best regards, Arne Semsrott Anfragenr: 169833 Antwort an: <<E-Mail-Adresse>> Laden Sie große Dateien zu dieser Anfrage hier hoch: https://fragdenstaat.de/a/169833 Postanschrift Arne Semsrott << Adresse entfernt >>
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RE: AW: RE: Confirmatory application Ref. 19/2305-ld/mf [#169833] 39/c/01/19 [#169833]
Datum
27. November 2019 15:07
Status
Warte auf Antwort

Your message has been received by the Transparency and Access to Documents Unit of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. All requests for access to documents are treated on the basis of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents. The General Secretariat will reply to your request within 15 working days upon registration of your request. Requests received before 5 PM on a working day are registered on the same day. Requests received after 5 PM are registered on the first following working day. *** This notification was sent from an unattended mailbox. Please do not reply. *** To see the text of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, please click here: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/Lex… If the link doesn't open when you click on it, please copy - paste it into your browser. *** Please note that our offices are closed from 23 December 2019 5 PM until 3 January 2020. *** L'unité "Transparence et accès aux documents" du Secrétariat général du Conseil de l'Union européenne a bien reçu votre message. Toutes les demandes d'accès à des documents sont traitées conformément au règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001 du 30 mai 2001 relatif à l'accès du public aux documents du Parlement européen, du Conseil et de la Commission. Le Secrétariat général répondra à votre demande dans un délai de 15 jours ouvrables à compter de l'enregistrement de celle-ci. Les demandes reçues les jours ouvrables avant 17 heures sont enregistrées le jour même. Les demandes reçues après 17 heures sont enregistrées le premier jour ouvrable suivant. *** S'il vous plaît ne répondez pas à ce message, car il a été envoyé d'une boîte aux lettres sans surveillance. *** Pour consulter le texte du règlement (CE) n° 1049/2001, cliquez ici: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/Lex… Si le lien ne s'ouvre pas lorsque vous cliquez dessus, veuillez copier-coller l'adresse dans votre navigateur. *** Veuillez noter que nos bureaux seront fermés du 23 décembre 2019 à 17 heures au 3 janvier 2020. *** Ihre Nachricht ist bei der Dienststelle "Transparenz und Zugang zu Dokumenten" des General-sekretariats des Rates der Europäischen Union eingegangen. Alle Anträge auf Zugang zu Dokumenten werden gemäß der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 vom 30. Mai 2001 über den Zugang der Öffentlichkeit zu Dokumenten des Europäischen Parlaments, des Rates und der Kommission bearbeitet. Das Generalsekretariat wird Ihnen binnen fünfzehn Arbeitstagen nach Registrierung Ihres Antrags eine Antwort übermitteln. Anträge, die an einem Arbeitstag vor 17.00 Uhr eingehen, werden noch am selben Tages registriert. Nach 17.00 Uhr eingehende Anträge werden am erstfolgenden Arbeitstag registriert. *** Diese Nachricht wurde automatisch generiert. Bitte nicht antworten. *** Den Text der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1049/2001 finden Sie hier: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/Lex… Wenn sich der Link beim Anklicken nicht öffnet, kopieren Sie den bitte mit "copy/paste" in Ihren Browser. *** Unsere Dienststelle ist vom 23. Dezember 2019 (17.00 Uhr) bis zum 3. Januar 2020 geschlossen. ***
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RE: RE: Confirmatory application Ref. 19/2305-ld/mf [#169833] 39/c/01/19 [#169833]
Datum
27. November 2019 15:29
Status
Warte auf Antwort

Thanks for your swift reply! Kind regards. luc
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Europäischer Rat
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Ref. 39/c/01/19 - PRO-ns
Datum
17. Dezember 2019 08:34
Status
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Dear Mr Semsrott and Ms Izuzquiza, Please find attached a letter from the General Secretariat of the Council extending the time limit for the Council to reply to your confirmatory applications for public access under Regulation 1049/2001. Yours sincerely,
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Europäischer Rat
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Reply to your confirmatory application No 39/c/01/19
Datum
16. Januar 2020 14:21
Status
Anfrage abgeschlossen
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Dear Mr Semsrott and Ms Izuzquiza, Please find attached a letter from the General Secretariat of the Council in reply to your confirmatory application for public access to documents under Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001. Please note that the reply has also been sent to you by registered mail. Yours sincerely,
Von
Arne Semsrott (Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.)
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AW: Reply to your confirmatory application No 39/c/01/19 [#169833]
Datum
17. Juli 2020 12:07
An
Europäischer Bürgerbeauftragte
Status
E-Mail wurde erfolgreich versendet.
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Dear Ombudsman team, please find attached our complaint regarding our access to documents request „SMS between Donald Tusk and heads of states“ as well as all correspondence from the request. You can also find all correspondence online at https://fragdenstaat.de/anfrage/sms-bet… Please do not hesitate to contact us with any question you may have. Yours sincerely, Arne Semsrott Luisa Izuzquiza Anhänge: - 169833.pdf - complaint-to-the-european-ombudsman.pdf Anfragenr: 169833 Antwort an: <<E-Mail-Adresse>> Laden Sie große Dateien zu dieser Anfrage hier hoch: https://fragdenstaat.de/a/169833/ Postanschrift Arne Semsrott << Adresse entfernt >>
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Europäischer Bürgerbeauftragte
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Complaint  202001219 - Acknowledgement of receipt [CMSEO]:0010060
Datum
20. Juli 2020 14:25

( http://www.eowebv5dv.ep.parl.union.eu/ ) ( http://www.eowebv5dv.ep.parl.union.eu/ ) European Ombudsman Acknowledgement of receipt Dear Sir/Dear Madam, ** **Thank you for writing to the European Ombudsman. Your complaint has been registered under the following complaint number:** 202001219 ** We will contact you again to let you know whether your complaint can be taken forward and, if so, what the next steps will be. We would normally expect to do this within the next four weeks. The fact that you have made this complaint to the Ombudsman does not affect the legal time limits in any related administrative or judicial proceedings. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Office using the contact details below. Yours sincerely,
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Europäischer Bürgerbeauftragte
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Complaint 1219/2020/MIG : Admissibility of your complaint - Public access to mobile-phone based messages
Datum
30. Juli 2020 17:43
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Dear Mr Semsrott and Ms Izuzquiza, Please find attached the Ombudsman's admissibility decision regarding your complaint. Best regards,

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Complaint 1219/2020/MIG
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26. Oktober 2020 17:00
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Dear Madam, Dear Sir, Please find attached the Ombudsman's closing decision regarding your complaint. Best regards,