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Ombudsman commends EU record on Brexit transparency

Dienstag | 12 Februar 2019

Closing a two-year long initiative on the Brexit negotiations, European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly welcomed the generally high level of transparency, and urged the Commission and Council to maintain these standards in any future relationship negotiations. Ms O’Reilly is due to meet the EU’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, this afternoon in Strasbourg. Positive steps by the Commission’s Brexit Task...

Ombudsman calls for ‘blame Brussels’ culture to end

Donnerstag | 17 Januar 2019

European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, welcomes the European Parliament’s strong vote of support for her recommendations to improve the transparency and accountability of EU national governments’ legislative work in Brussels. “The lack of legislative transparency in the Council has allowed the ‘blame Brussels’ culture to endure for far too long. I hope today’s vote will help convince national governm...

Ombudsman suggests further anti-harassment measures for EU institutions

Mittwoch | 19 Dezember 2018

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has drawn up a list of good practices after reviewing the anti-harassment policies in 26 EU institutions and agencies. The practices cover awareness raising, workplace risk assessment, regular policy monitoring, mandatory training, swift procedures, and rehabilitation measures. “While the EU institutions generally have good anti-harassment policies, my repor...

Ombudsman launches ‘Award for Good Administration 2019’

Dienstag | 16 Oktober 2018

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, invites nominations for the second biennial ‘Award for Good Administration’ in the EU institutions. Nominees for the award – to be submitted by end January 2019 – can be made by EU staff, or by businesses, associations or civil society groups. The nominated work should have a visible and positive impact on the lives of EU citizens. “The 2017 award showed wha...

EU-Kommission sollte ein neues Verfahren für die Ernennung ihres Generalsekretärs entwickeln

Dienstag | 04 September 2018

Die Europäische Ombudsfrau, Emily O'Reilly, hat vier Verwaltungsmissstände im Verfahren zur Ernennung des Generalsekretärs der EU-Kommission im Februar 2018 identifiziert. Ihrer Untersuchung lagen zwei Beschwerden zugrunde. Die Missstände sind der Tatsache geschuldet, dass die Kommission die einschlägigen Regeln nicht korrekt anwandte, weder ihrem Wortlaut noch ihrem Sinn nach. Die Kommission krei...

Ombudsman sends Special Report to Parliament on lack of Council legislative accountability

Donnerstag | 17 Mai 2018

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly has for only the second time during her mandate sent a Special Report to the European Parliament, on her inquiry to improve the accountability of the Council’s legislative work. The Ombudsman issued a number of Recommendations to the Council of the EU in February, following a year long inquiry, including that it systematically record Member State positions both in...

Ombudsman expresses disappointment at ECB response on President Draghi’s ‘Group of 30’ membership

Mittwoch | 18 April 2018

European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, notes with disappointment the decision of ECB President Mario Draghi not to suspend his membership of the private, Washington-based ‘Group of 30’ organisation following her recommendation to do so. “It’s a missed opportunity for increased trust.” Ms. O’Reilly said “I had hoped that at a challenging time for the EU, the ECB might have seized an opportunity to sho...

Ombudsman asks Commission to reassess Barroso appointment

Donnerstag | 15 März 2018

After a year-long inquiry based on three separate complaints, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has asked that former Commission President Barroso’s employment with Goldman Sachs Bank be reassessed by its Ethics Committee in relation to its compatibility with the relevant Treaty obligations. Ms O’Reilly made the Recommendation as the Ethics Committee’s initial assessment reflected a commitme...

Ombudsman launches ‘fast-track’ complaint procedure for access to documents

Dienstag | 20 Februar 2018

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has introduced a new fast-track procedure to deal with access to documents complaints. Under the new system the Ombudsman will be able to take a decision within two months of receiving the complaint. Access to documents decisions can be prioritised in this way as – unlike other complaints alleging maladministration – the institution will in general have alre...

Ombudsman says Member States must open up their opaque negotiations on EU laws

Dienstag | 13 Februar 2018

Following a detailed inquiry, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has found that the Council of the EU - through practices that inhibit the scrutiny of draft EU legislation - undermines citizens’ right to hold their elected representatives to account. This constitutes maladministration. The Ombudsman specifically criticises the Council’s failure systematically to record the identity of Member ...