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The Ombudsman's reply to the many letters of support from interested citizens concerning her Recommendation to the European Commission

Dear citizen,

Thank you for having contacted me and for the support you, and hundreds of other interested citizens, expressed for my recent Recommendation to the European Commission in this case. I would like to assure you that my team and I will continue to look into this matter very thoroughly.

Last week, the Commission informed me that it would not comply with my Recommendation to disclose the documents in question. I forwarded the Commission’s reply to the complainant (a French NGO) and I am now awaiting its comments. Once I hear back from the complainant, I will decide on the next steps in my inquiry. You can follow progress in this inquiry via:

Thank you again for your support.

Yours sincerely,


Emily O'Reilly
European Ombudsman

Strasbourg, 20/11/2019