On 30 July 2011, I requested a meeting protocol of the Chefs de Cabinets of the European Commission. On 12 August , the Secretariat General of the EU Commission refused any access, not even to parts of the document.
I went into appeal, and on 6 September the Commission informed me that they were unable to deal with my request within the time limit of 15 working days and requested a prolongation. On 27 September, they told me that they were not even able to handle my request in this prolonged time period, thereby exceeding the time limits set by EU law.
On 9 November, I finally received an email that the Commission had “reached a conclusion and the draft reply will be submitted to the Secretary-General in the coming days. You should receive a reply in a week to ten days from now“. Yet, nothing happened. Since I did not receive anything, I wrote back to the Commission in December. On 20 December, the Commission informed me that they “hope[d] to be able to send [me] an answer in the middle of next month“. This would have been ten days ago.
In four days, this request will “celebrate” six months.