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Commission replies to Ombudsman findings concerning refusal to give access to text messages about COVID-19 vaccines

The Commission has replied to the Ombudsman's findings concerning its refusal to give public access to text messages between its President and the CEO of a pharmaceutical company about a COVID-19 vaccine contract. The Ombudsman's initial analysis is that the reply is problematic on several points.

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The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly

Emily O’Reilly has served as European Ombudsman since 2013. O’Reilly and her team help people, organisations, and businesses by investigating administrative complaints and by looking into broader systemic issues at the EU level. The Ombudsman’s suggestions and recommendations help maintain high accountability and transparency standards in the EU institutions.

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