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European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) and alleged failure to reclassify the complainant in the 2019 reclassification exercise
Tuesday | 19 May 2020
Decision of the European Parliament not to allow a member of the communication staff of a political group to formally hold the job title of ‘press officer’, ‘communication policy advisor’, or equivalent
Wednesday | 13 May 2020
Decision of the European Ombudsman in the case 568/2020/PB on the European Commission’s response to a complaint about police behaviour in relation to one incident of alleged hate speech/act in Denmark
Wednesday | 08 April 2020
Entscheidung der Europäischen Bürgerbeauftragten im obengenannten Fall über die angebliche fehlerhafte Antwort der Europäischen Kommission auf Ihre Vertragsverletzungsbeschwerde über Diskriminierung und Verfolgung in Deutschland
Friday | 03 April 2020
Monday | 23 March 2020
The European Personnel Selection Office’s reply to a request for review of the decision not to place the complainant on the list of successful candidates in a selection procedure for EU civil servants in the area of media and digital communication
Thursday | 19 March 2020
The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the non-renewal of the complainant's contract as an evaluator of proposals for funding
Wednesday | 11 March 2020
Decision of the European Ombudsman in the case 1979/2019/PL on how the European Commission handled claims of discrimination in a project co-funded by the Cohesion Fund in Cyprus
Wednesday | 05 February 2020
The European External Action Service’s failure to reply to a complaint concerning differences in employment conditions between local staff and international staff within EUFOR
Wednesday | 05 February 2020
European Personnel Selection Office’s (EPSO) alleged failure to accommodate the special needs of a person in a selection procedure for EU civil servants
Tuesday | 14 January 2020
Decision in case 1173/2019/UNK on the European Commission’s Medical Service alleged use of genetic data in a recruitment procedure
Monday | 16 December 2019
The complainant complained to the Ombudsman that the European Commission’s Medical Service had collected and used his genetic data during a recruitment procedure.
The Ombudsman found that the Medical Service did not collect the complainant’s genetic data.
The Ombudsman closed the inquiry with a finding that there was no maladministration.
Decision of the European Ombudsman in the case 1896/2019/AMF on how the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency and the European Commission dealt with staff matters involving alleged harassment, administrative inquiries, as well as a disciplinary procedure resulting in a reprimand
Monday | 16 December 2019
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 1315/2018/LM on how the European Commission handled a complaint about how the national agency of Cyprus manages the Erasmus+ Youth Programme
Wednesday | 20 November 2019
The complainant is the president of two organisations that run Erasmus+ youth programmes in Cyprus. He complained to the European Commission about the behaviour of the Cypriot national agency, in charge of implementing the Erasmus+ programme at national level. In his view, the Commission did not investigate his complaint properly and he therefore turned to the Ombudsman.
The Ombudsman found that the European Commission had handled the complaints reasonably and in line with its role under the Erasmus+ Regulation. The Ombudsman therefore closed the case with a finding of no maladministration.
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.
The European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) and how it dealt with a candidate’s request for advance payment of travel and accommodation costs in a staff selection procedure
Thursday | 24 October 2019
Decision in case 858/2018/KT on how the European Medicines Agency dealt with a request for reimbursement of travel expenses in a staff selection procedure
Tuesday | 22 October 2019
The complainant was dissatisfied with how the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had dealt with his request for reimbursement of travel expenses for attending a job interview. He argued that EMA’s reimbursement policy was unfair to candidates living outside the EU.
The Ombudsman noted that EMA is entitled to limit the reimbursement of travels costs and that it has a margin of discretion in deciding how exactly to do this. The Ombudsman found EMA’s rules to be reasonable and, on this basis, found no maladministration. She nevertheless welcomed the fact that EMA has since changed its rules for reimbursing travel from outside the EU, as the new policy has an even more rational calculation method.
Decision in case 303/2019/NH on the European Commission’s assessment of academic qualifications when selecting trainees
Monday | 07 October 2019
The case concerned how the European Commission assesses academic qualifications when it selects its trainees. The Commission rejected the complainant’s application due to “inadequate academic qualifications” as he had obtained his bachelor’s degree in two years instead of three. The Commission explained that it rejected all applicants with less than three years of studies.
In the course of the Ombudsman’s inquiry, the Commission admitted the complainant to the selection procedure for the traineeship programme. The Commission also changed its practice for assessing academic qualifications. It now accepts all applicants who have a three-year degree obtained in less than three years.
The Ombudsman closed the case as settled and welcomed the Commission’s decision to change its practice. She suggested to the Commission that it update its traineeship website to reflect better the new practice for assessing academic qualifications.
Decision in case 1355/2019/UNK on the European Parliament’s handling of an administrative complaint concerning its decision to adopt a medical reserve when recruiting a contract agent
Friday | 04 October 2019
Closing note on the Strategic Initiative on the leave rights of certain EU staff members and the best interests of the child (SI/1/2019/AMF)
Tuesday | 01 October 2019
This strategic initiative aimed at assisting the EU institutions in protecting the best interests of children in their staff policies. To this end, the Ombudsman asked the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission to inform her about their internal policies regarding the leave rights of staff members who become parents through surrogacy.
Based on the replies received, the Ombudsman encourages all EU institutions to adapt their internal rules so that the leave rights of staff members who become parents through surrogacy are clearly defined and aligned with those of other staff members who become parents.