My ambition is to support the EU institutions in becoming more effective, transparent and accountable by strategically increasing the visibility and impact of the work of the European Ombudsman.

Emily O'Reilly, 30 June 2014

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Award for Good Administration

The European Ombudsman has launched an “Award for Good Administration” within the EU institutions, agencies and bodies  to recognise those staff who bring high standards of public service to their work.

The application process will ...

Disrupting Europe - Truth, facts and social media

The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, hosted a special seminar to explore new ways of communicating the EU at a time of immense challenges.

Ombudsman calls on President Juncker to clarify position on Barroso appointment

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has called on President Juncker to clarify the Commission’s position on former Commission President Barroso’s appointment as non-executive chairman and adviser at Goldman Sachs.

Delay in chemicals testing

The Ombudsman in February opened a strategic inquiry into the delay in the European Commission's handling of over 200 proposals to test chemicals to determine potential harm to human reproductive health. The inquiry aims to find out ...

Transparency concerns top Ombudsman cases in 2015

Concerns about transparency in the EU administration accounted for the biggest proportion of the Ombudsman's cases (22.4%) in 2015. The year also saw the Ombudsman open strategic inquiries into key issues while it was revealed that EU ...

Transparency of trilogues

The European Ombudsman called for more transparency of EU law-making by publishing key documents in informal trilogues negotiations

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What we do

The European Ombudsman investigates complaints about maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union.

If you are a citizen of a Member State of the Union or reside in a Member State, you can make a complaint to the European Ombudsman. Businesses, associations or other bodies with a registered office in the Union may also complain to the Ombudsman.


Who we are

Emily O'Reilly took office as European Ombudsman on 1 October 2013.

She is the former National Ombudsman of Ireland and National information Commissioner of Ireland (2003-2013), and an award-winning political editor, broadcaster, and author.


The institution has a highly qualified, multilingual staff.

This means that we can deal with your complaint in your language as one of the 24 EU languages that we work in. We are committed to making our service fully accessible to people with disabilities.


How we do it

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  • 08 December 2016
    • Decision -
      Decision concerning the European Commission’s compliance with the Tobacco Control Convention (852/2014/LP)
  • 06 December 2016
    • Decision -
      Decision in case 1252/2014/JAS on the European Medicines Agency’s refusal to grant access to EudraVigilance
    • Speech -
      Address to the Workshop on Frontex Complaints Mechanism
  • 01 December 2016
    • Decision -
      Decision in case 975/2016/JF on the Research Executive Agency’s (REA) payment to an expert reviewing the quality of work done under a project
    • Correspondence -
      Further reply from President Dijsselbloem to the European Ombudsman's follow-up response concerning Eurogroup transparency
  • 30 November 2016
    • Speech -
      Speech at the Nueva Economía Fórum
  • 29 November 2016
    • Recommendation -
      Recommendation of the European Ombudsman in case 2309/2013/JAS on the European Anti-Fraud Office’s handling of a request for public access to documents
  • 28 November 2016
    • Decision -
      Decision in case 1034/2016/BKB concerning the determination of the place of origin and subsistence allowance for a Seconded National Expert working for the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA)
    • Case opened -
      The European Medicines Agency’s handling of an access to documents request related to clinical study reports
  • 24 November 2016
    • Speech -
      Address to European Parliament on Annual Report 2015 European Ombudsman, Ms. Emily O'Reilly