My ambition is to support the EU institutions in becoming more effective, transparent and accountable by strategically increasing the visibility and impact of the work of the European Ombudsman.

Emily O'Reilly, 30 June 2014

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Ombudsman launches ‘fast-track’ complaint procedure for access to documents

Under the new system the Ombudsman aims to take a decision within two months of receiving  an access to document complaint

Ombudsman says Member States must open up their opaque negotiations on EU laws

The Ombudsman has called on the Council to put in place measures to make EU law-making more accessible to the public.

Ombudsman recommends President Draghi suspend his ‘Group of 30’ membership

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has recommended that ECB President Mario Draghi suspend his membership of the Group of 30 (G30) for the remainder of his term in office

Ombudsman launches list of Dos & Don’ts to help EU officials deal with lobbyists

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has published practical advice for EU officials on interacting with interest representatives.

Ombudsman urges appropriate Brexit transparency

The European Ombudsman has asked the European Commission to ensure transparency during the upcoming Brexit negotiations

Ombudsman asks nine questions on handling of Commissioners’ post-mandate jobs

European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has asked the Commission to reply to nine questions about the role of its Ad Hoc Ethical Committee and how the Commission deals with the post-mandate activities of Commissioners, including its ...

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What we do

The European Ombudsman investigates complaints about maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union.

If you are a citizen of a Member State of the Union or reside in a Member State, you can make a complaint to the European Ombudsman. Businesses, associations or other bodies with a registered office in the Union may also complain to the Ombudsman.

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Who we are

Emily O'Reilly took office as European Ombudsman on 1 October 2013.

She is the former National Ombudsman of Ireland and National information Commissioner of Ireland (2003-2013), and an award-winning political editor, broadcaster, and author.

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The institution has a highly qualified, multilingual staff.

This means that we can deal with your complaint in your language as one of the 24 EU languages that we work in. We are committed to making our service fully accessible to people with disabilities.

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How it works

Who can turn to the European Ombudsman?

Citizens, NGOs, associations, businesses, universities, journalists...

  • With complaints concerning an EU institution, office or agency
  • Who have already tried to solve the problem with the EU body concerned
  • When the issue is not over two years old
  • Where there is no other legal action underway

The Ombudsman can help with

  • Unfair treatment by EU bodies
  • Problems with EU tenders/contracts
  • Late payments from EU funds
  • Refused access to documents
  • Delays in dealings with EU bodies
  • Undisclosed or improper lobbying

What can the Ombudsman do?

  • Follow-up your complaint with the EU body
  • Help find a fair solution to your problem
  • Issue recommendations to EU bodies
  • Inspect EU documents

How to contact the Ombudsman?

  • You can contact the Ombudsman in the 24 official EU languages
  • Fill out the easy online complaint form
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What's new?

  • 20 February 2018
    • Press release -
      Ombudsman launches ‘fast-track’ complaint procedure for access to documents
    • Case opened -
      The European Commission´s Communication and Staff Working Document on Air Traffic Management allegedly not respecting the fundamental right to strike
  • 13 February 2018
    • Press release -
      Ombudsman says Member States must open up their opaque negotiations on EU laws
    • Recommendation -
      Recommendation of the European Ombudsman in case OI/2/2017/TE on the Transparency of the Council legislative process
    • Decision -
      The Commission’s failure to provide a timely reply to a request for public access to documents concerning the project "ENLETS disseminates best practice"
  • 12 February 2018
    • Decision -
      Decision in case 1602/2016/JAS on the European Medicines Agency’s handling of an access to documents request related to clinical study reports
  • 07 February 2018
    • Recommendation -
      Recommendation of the European Ombudsman in case 1419/2016/JN on the European Commission’s failure to reply to a Czech citizen concerning statements made by the Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality in relation to the Stork’s Nest Case (“Kauza Čapí hnízdo“) on Czech radio
  • 18 January 2018
    • Decision -
      Decision in case 2216/2017/AMF on the European Commission’s refusal to grant public access to documents and information related to meetings with Members of the Commission
  • 17 January 2018
    • Press release -
      Ombudsman recommends President Draghi suspend his ‘Group of 30’ membership
    • Case opened -
      The European Commission’s failure to carry out a review, in 2015, of the Cosmetics Regulation with regard to substances with endocrine-disrupting properties