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The European Commission's refusal to give public access to the 'pillar assessment' of an international organisation that is implementing EU funds in the area of migration

Inquiry 1731/2022/MIG - Latest document added: Case description - Friday | 30 September 2022

The complainant is a journalist who asked the European Commission to grant public access to documents related to the 'pillar assessment' of an international organisation that is implementing EU funds in the area of migration. Pillar assessments of international organisations implementing EU funds essentially vet the internal rules and procedures of those organisations, with a view to protecting th...

How the European Commission dealt with a request for public access to documents concerning sanctions against Russia

Inquiry 1288/2022/SF - Latest document added: Correspondence - Wednesday | 28 September 2022

The complainant asked the European Commission to grant public access to documents concerning sanctions against Russia. The Commission failed to take a final decision on the complainant's request within the applicable timeframe. The Ombudsman opened an inquiry and asked the Commission to take a final decision on the request without further delay. As the Commission still failed to take a decision, t...

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation's failure to reply to a request to access personal data

Inquiry 1644/2022/JL - Latest document added: Case opened - Wednesday | 28 September 2022

The refusal by the European Data Protection Board to grant full public access to draft versions of its statement on international agreements including transfers

Inquiry 1698/2022/FA - Latest document added: Case description - Tuesday | 27 September 2022

The complainant asked the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) for public access to documents concerning its statement on international agreements including data transfers. Following a separate Ombudsman inquiry, the EDPB identified additional documents as falling under the complainant's request, however it refused access to these documents. In doing so, it invoked an exception provided for in th...

How the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) handled a complaint concerning the rights of migrants in 'debriefing' interviews

Inquiry 1452/2022/MHZ - Latest document added: Case description - Friday | 23 September 2022

The complainant is concerned with how representatives of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) carry out interviews of migrants (so-called debriefing) being held by national border authorities. The complainant contends that debriefing interviews undermine human rights and raised these concerns with Frontex, but was dissatisfied with how Frontex dealt with its concerns. The Ombudsman...