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Decision in case 1491/2018/VB on the alleged failure by the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking to protect the complainant’s patent rights in the context of a project financed under the Horizon 2020 programme

Wednesday | 13 May 2020

The case concerned a project organised by the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking (CS2JU) and funded under the EU Research and Innovation programme ‘Horizon 2020’. The complainant claimed that a device developed in the context of the project breached his intellectual property rights.

The Ombudsman finds that the CS2JU has dealt with the complainant’s concerns in a reasonable manner and that it provided him with the appropriate advice to contact the competent national authorities.

The Ombudsman closes the inquiry with the finding that CS2JU’s handling of the complainant’s concerns about the alleged infringement of his intellectual property rights does not reveal maladministration and that no further inquiries into the other aspects of the complaint are justified.

Decision in case 172/2019/ΚΤ on how the Publications Office of the European Union filled a post for a proof-reader

Wednesday | 15 April 2020

The complainant is included on a shortlist of candidates from which the Publications Office of the European Union (`Publications Office´) may recruit staff as proof-readers. He complained that the Publications Office did not consider him in the context of a vacancy and eventually recruited a candidate who was on a shortlist drawn up for the staff needs of another EU institution.

The Ombudsman found that, as the Publications Office had interviewed and rejected the complainant for a post with the same profile a few months earlier, it was justified in not inviting him to an interview for a similar post that became vacant shortly afterwards.

The Ombudsman closed the case finding no maladministration.

Decision in case 1793/2019/PL on the European Commission’s handling of an infringement complaint against Spain for its rules on State liability for breach of EU law

Tuesday | 14 April 2020

The case concerned the way the European Commission handled an infringement procedure against Spain for its national rules on State liability for breach of EU law.

The Commission considered that the Spanish rules rendered State liability for a breach of EU law excessively difficult and sent Spain a formal request to comply with EU law in 2017. The complainant took issue with the time it was taking the Commission to bring Spain before the European Court of Justice.

During the Ombudsman’s inquiry, the Commission brought a case against Spain to the European Court of Justice. Thus, the Ombudsman found that no further inquiries were justified in this case.