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Letter from the European Ombudsman to the European Commission on how it handled a request for public access to correspondence exchanged with Member State authorities concerning the distribution of medical masks in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic - Commission reference: GESTDEM 2020/3437

4 May 2021 / Source: ombudsman.europa.eu

Strasbourg, 30/04/2021
Complaint 790/2021/MIG
Subject of case: How the European Commission handled a request for public access to correspondence exchanged with Member State authorities concerning the distribution of medical masks in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic - Commission reference: GESTDEM 2020/3437
Dear Mr Y, 
The Ombudsman has received a complaint from Mr X against the European Commission concerning a request for public access to documents relating to the suspension of the distribution of medical masks by the Commission in spring 2020 after complaints about their quality. She has asked me to deal with the case on her behalf.
The Commission has identified 134 documents as falling within the scope of the complainant’s request. Following a confirmatory application, the Commission maintained its refusal to give access to (parts of) twelve documents[1]. The complainant would l

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