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Decision in case 771/2019/LM on how the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) selected ‘co-opted members’ for its Committee for Socio-economic Analysis

Tuesday | 10 December 2019

The case concerned the procedure for selecting ‘co-opted members’ of a committee which assists the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in its work, the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC). The complainant, who had previously been a member of the SEAC, was not selected for another term as a co-opted member. He complained to the Ombudsman that the selection procedure was not transparent or fair, and that the call for expressions of interest did not mention the possibility to appeal decisions.

The Ombudsman found no maladministration in the selection procedure. However, she suggested that ECHA give applicants the possibility formally to request a review of the decision not to select them as co-opted committee members.

Decision in case 765/2018/PB about the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training and its handling of two recruitment procedures

Wednesday | 20 November 2019

The case concerned the way in which the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) conducted two staff recruitment procedures.

The Ombudsman found that, by not applying all the assessment criteria when assessing the applications, Cedefop had committed maladministration in one of the procedures. In light of the Court of Auditor’s recent call for immediate corrective action by Cedefop regarding its staff recruitment procedures and the fact that Cedefop’s management now seems intent on addressing the issues in question, the Ombudsman does not find it necessary to make a recommendation to Cedefop arising from her finding of maladministration.  

The Ombudsman, however, asked Cedefop to inform her within three months of this decision of all the measures it has recently taken, or plans to take, to improve its recruitment procedures. To promote public trust in its recruitment procedures, Cedefop should publish these measures on its website.

Decision in case 1022/2018/NH on the European Commission’s failure to provide detailed feedback and information related to the complainant’s participation in a selection procedure for the post of principal advisor to a Director-General

Thursday | 14 November 2019

The complainant participated in a special selection procedure organised by the European Commission to recruit a Croatian Principal Advisor. She turned to the Ombudsman to complain about the Commission’s failure to provide her with detailed feedback on how it had assessed her application, as well as other information and documents regarding the selection procedure.

In the course of the Ombudsman’s inquiry, the Commission provided detailed feedback and further explanations regarding the selection procedure. The Ombudsman thus considered the main aspects of the case to have been settled. The Ombudsman found no maladministration in the Commission not disclosing certain documents or as regards the complainant’s concern about age discrimination.

The Ombudsman made a suggestion for improvement for the Commission to give more timely and tailored feedback in the future.

Decision in case 656/2019/AMF on the European Commission´s decision to cancel the complainant´s recruitment due to lack of documentary evidence regarding her secondary education

Wednesday | 13 November 2019

The case concerned the Commission´s decision not to recruit the complainant because she could not prove she had obtained a high school diploma.

The Ombudsman inquired into the issue and found that the Commission had acted in accordance with the applicable rules. The Ombudsman therefore found no maladministration by the Commission and closed the case.