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How the European Defence Agency (EDA) handled the application by its former Chief Executive to take on senior positions at Airbus

The Ombudsman has opened an own-initiative inquiry into how the European Defence Agency (EDA) handled the 'post-employment application' by its former Chief Executive to take on senior positions at Airbus Spain and at Airbus Defence and Space. The Ombudsman is concerned about the potential risk of conflicts of interest. 

As a first step in the inquiry, the Ombudsman sought to inspect documents of the EDA and set out a series of questions to the EDA. The Ombudsman received the EDA's reply and is considering the next steps in the inquiry.