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Decision in case 1350/2018/MDC on the European Investment Bank’s alleged failure to address properly an allegation that an administrative inquiry was tainted by a conflict of interest

Thursday | 25 July 2019

The case concerned the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) alleged failure to address properly an allegation that an administrative inquiry launched against the complainant was tainted by a conflict of interest.

The European Ombudsman found that the EIB had provided sufficient evidence to refute the allegation of a conflict of interest. The Ombudsman therefore closed the case with a finding of no maladministration.

Decision in case 1324/2017/LM on how the European Commission appointed the Director General of its Internal Audit Service

Tuesday | 23 July 2019

The case concerned how the European Commission appointed its internal auditor, who had formerly served as the Commission’s accounting officer. The complainant contended that, according to international audit standards, internal auditors should not assess activities for which they were responsible over the course of the previous year. Thus, the Commission should not have appointed the former accounting officer as internal auditor before this ‘cooling off period’ of one year had elapsed.

The Commission argued that the cooling off period did not apply to this case. However, in order to avoid any perception that there could be a conflict of interest, the Commission ensured that the internal auditor would not be in charge of any audit related to his previous responsibilities.

The Ombudsman found that the Commission had put in place adequate measures to prevent any conflict of interest arising. She thus closed the inquiry with a finding of no maladministration. 

Decision in case 648/2019/MIG on the European Parliament’s refusal to grant public access to a legal opinion concerning the contractual situation of language instructors working in the European Parliament

Monday | 15 July 2019

The case concerned the European Parliament’s refusal to grant public access to a legal opinion concerning the contractual situation of language instructors working in the European Parliament on the grounds that it would undermine the protection of court proceedings and legal advice.

The Ombudsman found that the European Parliament had sufficient reason to refuse public access based on the protection of legal advice in this case.

The Ombudsman therefore closed the inquiry with a finding of no maladministration.

Decision in case 595/2019/TE on how the European Parliament dealt with a request for public access to documents relating to a South Africa-European Union Inter-Parliamentary Meeting

Monday | 15 July 2019

The case concerned a request for public access to documents held by the European Parliament related to the 26th South Africa-EU Inter-Parliamentary Meeting in Cape Town.

Parliament identified three documents as falling within the scope of the complainant’s request. It gave full access to one document, provided an internet link to the second document and gave partial access to the third document. Parliament argued that full public access to the third document would undermine the protection of the public interest as regards international relations. The complainant contested Parliament’s refusal to give full access to that document.

The Ombudsman inquired into the issue, inspected the document and found no maladministration in Parliament’s handling of the request.

Decision in case 242/2018/KT on how the European Personnel Selection Office accommodated a left‐handed candidate in a selection procedure for EU civil servants

Friday | 05 July 2019

The case concerned unequal treatment of left-handed candidates in a selection procedure for EU civil servants organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO). The complainant complained that, unlike right-handed candidates, he was given a computer mouse without a scroll wheel.  

The Ombudsman found that the complainant´s argument about being disadvantaged was valid. She therefore proposed that EPSO make sure to provide left-handed and right-handed candidates with computer mice with the same technical functionalities.

In response to the Ombudsman´s proposal, EPSO stated that new computer mice with the same functionalities have already been made available for all selection procedures. The Ombudsman welcomes the measures taken by EPSO and closes the case as resolved.