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Ombudsman announces Award for Good Administration 2019 winners

Donnerstag | 27 Juni 2019

The European Commission’s initiative in plastics pollution reduction and awareness raising is the overall winner in the European Ombudsman’s 2019 Award for Good Administration, announced at a ceremony in Brussels by the Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. Prizes in six other categories – including communications and open administration - were also awarded from a total of 54 nominations from across the EU ad...

Ombudsman welcomes Dutch initiative on EU transparency

Mittwoch | 19 Juni 2019

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly welcomes the initiative of the Dutch government, which is supported by other EU governments (Estonia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Sweden*), to improve legislative transparency in the Council of the EU. This follows a similar initiative in 2015. Proposals to publish more legislative documents and allow for greater openness of trilogue negotiations to help gre...

Ombudsman triple investigation: opaque national government EU decision-making

Dienstag | 14 Mai 2019

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly is today progressing three separate inquiries into the lack of transparency of decision-making of national governments at EU level. These inquires follow her 2017 inquiry into the Council legislative process aimed at increasing the accountability of national governments when discussing and agreeing EU laws. INQUIRY 1) New inquiry into how the EU handles Eurogroup ...

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...