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Decision summary in case 8/2017/CEC on the European Commission’s alleged failure to give a full and accurate account of the events that led to the publication of different versions of a reply to a parliamentary question concerning Catalonia

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  • Case: 8/2017/CEC
    Opened on 07 Feb 2017 - Decision on 07 Feb 2017
  • Institution(s) concerned: European Commission

The case is related to the publication by the Commission of a Spanish version of a Commission reply to a written parliamentary question on Catalan independence. The Spanish version of the reply was not identical to the English language version. When the error was brought to its attention, the Commission corrected the Spanish version to bring it into line with the English version. It also explained that the oversight was due to a clerical error.

The complainant did not agree that there had been a clerical error; he alleged that the publication of an incorrect version of the Commission’s reply in Spanish was deliberate.

The Ombudsman inquired into the issue and found no reason to believe that the issuing of an incorrect version of the reply had been deliberate and thus she found no maladministration by the Commission in that regard.