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The Council of the European Union’s failure to reply to a request related to Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2021/1002 of 21 June 2021 implementing Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus
Mandag | 29 november 2021
Mandag | 22 november 2021
Fredag | 19 november 2021
How the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (CdT) evaluates bids in tendering procedures for the provision of translation services
Mandag | 15 november 2021
How the ceramic sector was assessed in the context of the European Commission’s revision of the 'State Aid Guidelines' for the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme
Onsdag | 08 september 2021
Letter from the European Ombudsman to the European Commission on its procedure for revising the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) State aid Guidelines, which no longer include the ‘Artificial graphite; colloidal or semi-colloidal graphite’ sub-sector
Onsdag | 21 juli 2021
Vurderingen af den keramiske sektor i forbindelse med Europa-Kommissionens revision af retningslinjerne for statsstøtte under EU's emissionshandelssystem
Onsdag | 21 juli 2021
Decision of the European Ombudsman in the above case on how the European Commission dealt with a complaint that Lithuania breaches EU law on consumer protection in the area of credit agreements relating to immovable property (CHAP(2020)03071)
Fredag | 18 juni 2021
Letter from the European Ombudsman to the European Commission on artificial intelligence and the EU administration
Fredag | 18 juni 2021
Letter from the European Ombudsman to the European Data Protection Supervisor on artificial intelligence and the EU administration
Fredag | 18 juni 2021
Decision of the European Ombudsman in the case 325/2021/KT on how the European Commission carried out a selection procedure for the post of Director-General of the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (vacancy notice COM/2020/10395)
Tirsdag | 16 marts 2021
Decision in case 906/2020/VB on a request made by the European Commission to the members of the EU Expert Group on the Birds and Habitats Directive (NADEG) concerning a proposed restriction on lead gunshot in wetland areas
Torsdag | 17 december 2020
The case concerned an information paper sent by the European Commission to the members of the Expert Group on the Birds and Habitats Directives (NADEG). In the paper, the Commission asked NADEG members to contact their national authorities to raise awareness about and encourage them to vote in favour of a draft Commission Regulation, which included new restrictions on lead gunshot in wetland areas.
The complainant, an MEP, contended that, in making this request, the Commission was acting beyond its mandate by seeking to influence, through the members of NADEG, a vote on a draft implementing act.
The Ombudsman notes that the Commission has a legitimate interest in seeing its regulatory proposals approved. That having been said, she considers that, in this case, the Commission’s request went beyond what is appropriate to promote its legitimate interest.
The Ombudsman has no evidence that this is a standard Commission practice. As such, and given that the relevant vote has taken place, the Ombudsman finds it sufficient to make the Commission aware of her views on the matter and that no further inquiries are justified.
Europa-Kommissionens beslutning om at inddrage klageren i systemet for tidlig opdagelse og udelukkelse (EDES)
Fredag | 27 november 2020
Decision in case 154/2020/DL on how the Research Executive Agency dealt with a recruitment procedure carried out in the context of an EU-funded project under the Horizon 2020 programme
Mandag | 09 november 2020
The case concerned a recruitment procedure organised by the University of Ljubljana as part of an EU-funded project, under the Horizon 2020 programme. The complainant claimed that irregularities occurred in the recruitment procedure, and reported this to the Research Executive Agency (REA), which is responsible for the implementation of the programme. Dissatisfied with how REA dealt with his complaint, he turned to the Ombudsman.
The Ombudsman found that REA investigated the issue and advised the university on steps to take to address certain shortcomings it had identified. The university followed REA’s advice.
The Ombudsman therefore found that REA dealt appropriately with the matter and closed the case, finding no maladministration.
Decision in case 563/2020/MMO on the non-renewal of an employment contract with the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol)
Onsdag | 28 oktober 2020
The case concerned the non-renewal of the complainant’s employment contract after he had worked for 11 years at Europol.
The Ombudsman noted that there is no obligation on EU agencies to renew fixed-term employment contracts. EU agencies also enjoy wide discretion as regards their internal organisation, which includes defining the conditions for contract renewal. In this case, Europol followed the applicable rules and there is no indication that it committed a manifest error of assessment nor that it abused its power by not renewing the complainant’s contract.
The Ombudsman closed the inquiry finding no maladministration.
Entscheidung der Europäischen Bürgerbeauftragten über das Versäumnis der Europäischen Zentralbank (EZB), Korrespondenz betreffend der unverbindlichen Empfehlung an alle Banken keine Dividenden auszuzahlen, zu beantworten
Fredag | 16 oktober 2020
Decision in case 784/2019/JN on the European Commission´s decision to reject certain costs in the context of an EU-funded project supporting education in Somalia
Tirsdag | 13 oktober 2020
The case concerned the European Commission´s decision to reject almost EUR 50 000 in the context of an EU-funded project supporting education in Somalia.
The Ombudsman made the preliminary finding that the Commission´s decision was not fair. She made a corresponding proposal for a solution.
The Commission disagreed with the Ombudsman´s proposal and provided additional explanations for its position. The grant agreement, it said, contains a list of non-eligible costs including salary costs of the personnel of national administrations, at issue here. Declaring the costs eligible, although they are clearly ineligible, could create a precedent that the rules in question can be circumvented. In light of these and further explanations, the Ombudsman reached the conclusion that no further inquiries were justified. The grant agreement, read as a whole, supports the Commission´s position sufficiently.
However, the Ombudsman considered it regrettable that an organisation that successfully carried out a project in good faith and incurred the costs in question, should find itself in this situation. She suggested that the Commission consider how it could improve the clarity of the information in its ‘grant agreements’ with entities selected to carry out EU-funded projects, to avoid similar cases arising in the future.
Påstået manglende besvarelse af en borgers spørgsmål om ECB's henstilling til banker om ikke at udbetale udbytte på grund af covid-19-krisen
Fredag | 18 september 2020
Europa-Kommissionen og det påståede upassende pres på medlemmerne af EU's ekspertgrupper vedrørende fugle- og habitatdirektivet (NADEG)
Tirsdag | 04 august 2020
The European Commission’s closure of an infringement complaint against a decision of the Greek Supreme Court (CHAP (2020)00041)
Torsdag | 18 juni 2020