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Decision in case 1709/2016/AMF on the failure by the European Commission to deal with a confirmatory request for access to documents under Regulation 1049/2001

1. The complainant made two confirmatory requests for public access to documents to the European Commission.  As the European Commission did not reply, the complainant turned to the Ombudsman.

2. The Office of the Ombudsman made contact with the relevant service of the European Commission. The service then replied to the Ombudsman by explaining that it had not received the complainant´s confirmatory requests. Nevertheless, following the Ombudsman´s intervention, the European Commission had invited the complainant to make a new, clarified request for access to the documents to which he wished to be granted access. The complainant had made a new request for access and the Commission stated that the request was currently being handled.

3. As the matter thus is solved, the Ombudsman closes the case[1].


Strasbourg, 24/01/2017

Tina Nilsson
Head of Inquiries - Unit 4



[1] Information on the review procedure can be found on the Ombudsman’s website: