Letter to the European Commission concerning follow -up on statements by its President and its Vice-President for Democracy and Demography in the run up to the Croatian elections (1141/2020/MIG and 1143/2020/MIG)
Correspondence - Date Thursday | 14 January 2021
Case 1141/2020/MIG - Opened on Tuesday | 14 July 2020 - Decision on Tuesday | 14 July 2020
Case 1143/2020/MIG - Opened on Tuesday | 14 July 2020 - Decision on Tuesday | 14 July 2020
Ms Ursula von der Leyen
Closed complaints 1141/2020/MIG and 1143/2020/MIG
Statements by the European Commission’s President and its Vice-President for Democracy and Demography in the run-up to the Croatian elections
Thank you for the Commission’s follow-up letter in these two cases, which I have forwarded to the complainants and the appropriate body of the European Parliament for information.
I welcome the Commission’s commitment to draw up guidelines clarifying the practical modalities for the participation of its Members in national election campaigns. It would be helpful if you could share a copy of these guidelines with my Office, once they have been adopted.
Since I did not pursue an inquiry into these cases, I will not take any further action on the matter for now. However, I will take the Commission’s comments into account in the context of my inquiry into complaint 874/2020/MIG.
 How the European Commission dealt with a complaint about how the Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography responded publicly to critical media coverage. See: https://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/case/en/57079.