Madrid, 27 February 2017 – A month after 120 people from around Europe submitted a total of 189 requests for data on the travel expenses of European Commissioners for the year 2016, the requests have not even been registered by the Commission, in flagrant breach of its legal obligation to do so, and to respond within 15 working days.
In an email exchange with Access Info’s director, Helen Darbishire, the Head of the Transparency Unit at the Secretariat General, Martin Kröger, has stated in writing that “Commission does not intend to send individual communications … to the applicants” and that “the Commission is currently examining the appropriate way of handling these requests.”
This is unusual behaviour, given that requests are normally registered within one working day.
“The wall of silence facing these requests is unprecedented and shocking,” stated Helen Darbishire, “the blatant refusal to register and respond is a violation of the right of access to documents protected by the EU treaties.”
Access Info has also denounced the attempt by the Commission, in its email, to make us responsible for communicating with the requesters, because “the requests have been triggered by an AccessInfoEurope