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Parliamentary question - P-005139/2021Parliamentary question

Von der Leyen’s text messages with the CEO of Pfizer: Commission violation of the Regulation on public access to documents

Priority question for written answer  P-005139/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sophia in 't Veld (Renew)

On 12 November 2021, Der Spiegel reported that following access to documents requests, the Commission claims that it does not possess any text messages exchanged between Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Albert Bourla, the chief executive of Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company the Commission concluded a contract with. According to the Commission, text messages are by their ‘nature a short-lived document which does not contain in principle important information concerning matters relating to the policies, activities and decisions of the Commission’, and therefore ‘the Commission record-keeping policy would in principle exclude instant messaging[1]’.

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