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The role of the EU’s Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU

The complainant was concerned that the EU's Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU had contact with organisations that promote views that are at odds with basic rights. She was also concerned about the lack of transparency around these contacts.

In the context of the inquiry, the Commission explained that it had assessed the meetings raised in the complaint and concluded that they were not at odds with the mandate of the Special Envoy, which envisaged dialogue with civil society organisations.

The Ombudsman found no evidence that the Commission had acted with maladministration and closed the inquiry. However, she made suggestions for improvement, inviting the Commission to provide greater clarity on the mandates of future special envoys and making the mandates publicly available, as well as strengthening how the Commission monitors the work of special envoys.