Historical documents

Note on references to documents produced by EU institutions

The list of historical documents that follows contains a number of references to documents produced by EU institutions, with which some readers may not be familiar.

COM documents: (e.g., COM (2004) 519 final). These are used for preparatory texts and proposals for legislation, as well as reports and Commission communications to other institutions. They are available in the Official Journal and on Eur-Lex (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/index.htm).

SEC documents: (e.g., SEC (93) 539 final) These are unpublished documents of the European Commission. Documents are classified as SEC documents if they do not fit into any other series.

PE-numbered, A-numbered and B-numbered documents: PE-numbered documents are European Parliament documents (e.g., PE 318.504/DEF). The PE-number remains the same throughout the entire process of discussion and adoption. A-numbers (e.g., A5-0271/2002) are given to reports adopted by the European Parliament's committees. Both categories of document are available on the European Parliament's website (http://www.europarl.europa.eu). B-numbers (e.g., B2-863/86) are given to documents that are submitted to Parliament for discussion and adoption in plenary.

SN documents: These are unpublished documents of the Council of the European Union (e.g., SN 3940/90).

SI documents: These are unpublished documents produced by the European Commission's Secretariat-General on the work of the Council, for instance in connection with intergovernmental conferences (e.g., SI (90) 751).

1 - Documents from the period before the signing of the Treaty on European Union

The two proposals to the Intergovernmental Conference on Political Union

  1. The Danish proposal for a European Ombudsman, as contained in the Danish proposal to the Intergovernmental Conference on Political Union (pages 25 and 26)
  2. The Spanish proposal for a European Ombudsman, as contained in the Spanish proposal to the Intergovernmental Conference on Political Union

Miscellaneous documents

  1. Commission opinion of 21 October 1990 on the proposal for amendment of the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community with a view to political union (COM(90)600)
  2. The "Adonnino Report" - Report to the European Council by the ad hoc committee "On a People's Europe", A 10.04 COM 85, SN/2536/3/85
  3. Recommendation 757 [by the Assembly of the Council of Europe] (1975) on the conclusions of the Assembly's Legal Affairs Committee with the Ombudsmen and Parliamentary Commissioners in Council of Europe member states (Paris, 18-19 April 1974)

Parliamentary questions

  1. Barbara Castle, question écrite 1235/87 à la Commission européenne sur "Ombudsman européen" (Journal Officiel 1988 C 123, p. 8; ceci inclut la réponse de la Commission)
  2. Lord O'Hagan, written question 663/74 to the European Commission on a "Community ombudsman" (Official Journal 1975 C 86, p. 54; this includes the Commission's reply)
  3. Lord O'Hagan, written question 562/74 to the European Commission on "accessibility of the European Commission" (Official Journal 1975 C 55, p. 13; this includes the Commission's reply)

Motions for resolutions of the European Parliament

  1. Motion for resolution under Rule 63 tabled by Barbara Castle: "A European Ombudsman", 12 August 1987 (B2-804/87)
  2. Proposition de résolution déposée par M. Lafuente Lopez conformément à l'article 47 du réglement "sur la création et l'institution de la fonction de défenseur des citoyens européens", 26 septembre 1986 (B2-863/86)

European Parliament reports and resolutions

  1. Resolution on the deliberations of the Committee on Petitions during the parliamentary year 1992-1993, 25 June 1993 (Official Journal 1993 C 194, p. 381)
  2. Resolution on the deliberations of the Committee on Petitions during the parliamentary year 1991-1992, 8 July 1992 (Official Journal 1992 C 241, p. 66)
  3. Resolution on the deliberations of the Committee on Petitions during the parliamentary year 1990-1991, 14 June 1991 (Official Journal 1991 C 183, p. 448)
  4. Resolution on the deliberations of the Committee on Petitions during the parliamentary year 1989-1990, with indications as regards future procedure for handling petitions, 15 June 1990 (Official Journal 1990 C 175, p. 0214)
  5. Resolution on the deliberations of the Committee on Petitions during the first six months of 1987, 15 October 1987 (Official Journal 1990 C 175, p. 214)
  6. Resolution on strengthening the citizen's right to petition the European Parliament, 14 June 1985 (Official Journal 1985 C 175, p. 273)
  7. Resolution on the appointment of a Community Ombudsman by the European Parliament, 11 May 1979 (Official Journal 1979 C 140, p. 153)
  8. Report drawn up on behalf of the Legal Affairs Committee on the appointment of a Community Ombudsman by the European Parliament, 6 April 1979 (PE 57.508/fin.). Rapporteur: Sir Derek Walker-Smith

2 - Documents from the period after the signing of the Treaty on European Union

The European Ombudsman's Statute

  1. European Parliament resolution amending Article 3 of the regulations and general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudsman's duties (1999/2215(ACI)), 21 March 2002 (Official Journal 2002 072 E, p. 336)
  2. 2002/262/EC, ECSC, Euratom: Decision of the European Parliament of 14 March 2002 amending Decision 94/262/ECSC, EC, Euratom on the regulations and general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudsman's duties, Official Journal L 92, p. 13.
  3. Commission opinion on amendments to the regulations and general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudsman's duties, 6 March 2002 (COM/2002/0133 final)
  4. 94/262/ECSC, EC, Euratom: Decision of the European Parliament of 9 March 1994 on the regulations and general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudsman's duties, (Official Journal 1994 L 113, p. 15). This is the document known as "the Statute of the Ombudsman". The full text of the original Statute (i.e., before the minor amendments effected by item 4 below) is set out in Annex V.
  5. Resolution on democracy, transparency and subsidiarity and the Interinstitutional Agreement on procedures for implementing the principle of subsidiarity; the regulations and general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudsman's duties; the arrangements for the proceedings of the Conciliation Committee under Article 189b EC, 11 November 1993 (Official Journal 1993 C 329, p. 132)
  6. Resolution on the European Ombudsman - Regulations and general conditions governing the performance of the European Ombudsman's duties, 17 December 1992 (Official Journal 1992 C 21, p. 141)
  7. Report of the Committee on Institutional Affairs on the regulations and conditions governing the performance of the European Ombudsman's duties, 14 October 1992 (A3-0298/92). Rapporteur: Rosy Bindi

Amendment of Parliament's Rules of Procedure (appointment of the Ombudsman)

  1. Decision amending Rule 159 of Parliament's Rules of Procedure concerning appointment of the Ombudsman, 16 May 1995 (Official Journal 1995 C 151, p. 33)
  2. Third report on the amendment of Rule 159 of Parliament's Rules of Procedures concerning appointment of the Ombudsman, 25 April 1995, Committee on the Rules of Procedure, the Verification of Credentials and Immunities (A4-0094/95). Rapporteur: Ben Fayot
  3. Second report on the amendment of Rule 159 of Parliament's Rules of Procedure concerning the appointment of the Ombudsman, 21 February 1995, Committee on the Rules of Procedure, the Verification of Credentials and Immunities (A4-0024/95). Rapporteur: Ben Fayot
  4. Report on the amendment of Rule 159 of the European Parliament's Rules of Procedure concerning the appointment of the Ombudsman, 29 November 1994, Committee on the Rules of Procedure, the Verification of Credentials and Immunities (A4-0085/94). Rapporteur: Ben Fayot

Amendment of Parliament's Rules of Procedure (role of the Ombudsman)

  1. Report on amendment of Rule 161(2) of Parliament's Rules of Procedure concerning the activities of the Ombudsman, 21 January 1999, Committee on the Rules of Procedure, the Verification of Credentials and Immunities (A4-0016/99). Rapporteur: Johannes Voggenhuber
  2. Decision amending Rule 161 of the Parliament's Rules of Procedure on the activities of the Ombudsman, 16 July 1998 (Official Journal 1998 C 292, p. 116)
  3. Report on the amendment of Rule 161 of Parliament's Rules of Procedure, 16 December 1997, Committee on the Rules of Procedure, the Verification of Credentials and Immunities (A4-0416/1997). Rapporteur: Brian Crowley
  4. Resolution on the role of the European Ombudsman appointed by the European Parliament, 14 July 1995 (Official Journal 1995 C 249, p. 226)
  5. Report on the role of the European Ombudsman appointed by the European Parliament, 25 November 1994, Committee on Petitions (A4-0083/94). Rapporteur: Edward [Eddy] Newman
  6. Report on amendment of Rule 161 of the European Parliament's Rules of Procedure relating to the Ombudsman of the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament, 16 May 1994, Committee on the Rules of Procedure, the Verification of Credentials and Immunities (A3-0302/94/B). Rapporteur: José Maria Gil-Robles Gil-Delgado
  7. Report on amendment of Rule 161 of the European Parliament's Rules of Procedure relating to the Ombudsman of the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament, 26 April 1994, Committee on the Rules of Procedure, the Verification of Credentials and Immunities (A3-0302/94/A). Rapporteur: José Maria Gil-Robles Gil-Delgado

Reports on the Ombudsman's Annual Reports (Parliament's Committee on Petitions)

  1. Report on the annual report on the activities of the European Ombudsman for the year 2003, 29 October 2004 (A6-0030/2004). Rapporteur: Proinsias De Rossa
  2. Report on the annual report on the activities of the European Ombudsman for the year 2002, 16 June 2003 (A5-0229/2003). Rapporteur: The Earl of Stockton.
  3. Report on the activities of the European Ombudsman in 1999, 22 June 2000 (A5-0181/2000). Rapporteur: Astrid Thors
  4. Report on the annual report on the activities of the European Ombudsman in 1998, 18 March 1999 (A4-0119/99). Rapporteur: Laura De Esteban Martin
  5. Report on the annual report on the activities of the European Ombudsman in 1997, 26 June 1998 (A4-0258/98). Rapporteur: Edward [Eddy] Newman
  6. Report on the annual report on the activities of the European Ombudsman in 1996, 18 June 1997 (A4-0211/97). Rapporteur: Nikolaos Papakyriazis
  7. Report on the annual activity report (1995) of the Ombudsman of the European Union (European Ombudsman), 30 May 1996 (A4-0176/96). Rapporteur: Nuala Ahern.

Reports on the Ombudsman's special reports (Parliament's Committee on Petitions)

  1. Report on the Special Report from the European Ombudsman to the European Parliament in complaint 917/2000/GG - "Statewatch", 30 October 2002 (A5-0363/2002). Rapporteur: Astrid Thors
  2. Report on the Special Report from the European Ombudsman to the European Parliament following the draft recommendation to the European Commission in complaint 242/2000/GG, 14 October 2002 (A5-0355/2002). Rapporteur: Jean Lambert
  3. Report on the Report to the European Parliament following the draft recommendation to the European Commission in complaint 713/98/IJH, 27 September 2001 (A5-0423/2001). Rapporteur: Jean Lambert
  4. Report on the European Ombudsman's Special Report to the European Parliament following the own-initiative inquiry into the existence and the public accessibility, in the different Community institutions and bodies, of a Code of Good Administrative Behaviour, 27 June 2001 (A5-0245/2001). Rapporteur: Roy Perry.
  5. Report on the Special Report from the European Ombudsman to the European Parliament following the own-initiative inquiry into the secrecy which forms part of the Commission's recruitment procedures, 12 October 2000 (A5-0280/2000). Rapporteur: Herbert Bösch.
  6. Report on the Special Report by the European Ombudsman to the European Parliament following his own-initiative inquiry into public access to documents, 2 July 1998 (A4-0265/98). Rapporteur: Astrid Thors

The European Ombudsman - 10 years of championing citizens' rights in Europe

  1. "Raising awareness about the right to complain - the next steps for the European Ombudsman"
  2. Discours du Médiateur européen, M. le Professeur P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, devant la délégation de l'Assemblée nationale pour l'Union européenne
  3. "A more open and accountable EU administration - the next steps for the Commission, the Parliament and the Ombudsman"
  4. "Raising awareness about the right to complain - the next steps for the European Ombudsman"
  5. Discours du Président de la Commission européenne, M. Barroso, à l’occasion du dîner commémoratif du 10ème anniversaire de l’institution du Médiateur européen
  6. Speech by the European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, on the Occasion of the Formal Dinner with the EU Institutions, Bodies and Agencies to Mark the 10th Anniversary of the European Ombudsman Institution
  7. Discours du Médiateur européen, M. le Professeur P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, à l’occasion du dîner offert par la Ville de Strasbourg en l'honneur du 10ème anniversaire de l'établissement du Médiateur européen à Strasbourg
  8. Remarks by the European Ombudsman, Professor P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, on the Occasion of the Reception to Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the European Ombudsman Institution
  9. The European Ombudsman - Origins, Establishment, Evolution - Commemorative volume published on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the institution (PDF) The European Ombudsman - Origins, Establishment, Evolution - Commemorative volume published on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the institution
  10. Speech by the European Ombudsman, Professor P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, on the Occasion of a Gala Dinner to Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the European Ombudsman Institution