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Ombudsman welcomes steps to make EU law making more accessible to the public

Press release - Thursday | 16 July 2020

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly welcomes the new transparency steps taken by the Council of the EU to enable the public better to exercise its democratic right to have its say in EU law making through following the legislative process. The measures include proactively publishing progress reports on negotiations on draft laws as well as the Council mandate for negotiations with the European Parli...

Ombudsman inquiry finds the EBA should have forbidden Executive Director’s move to finance lobby group

Press release - Monday | 11 May 2020

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly has found that the European Banking Authority (EBA) should not have allowed its former Executive Director to become CEO of a financial lobby association. The Ombudsman also found the EBA did not immediately put in place sufficient internal safeguards to protect its confidential information when the planned move became clear. The two findings of maladministration f...

Emily O’Reilly re-elected as European Ombudsman

Press release - Wednesday | 18 December 2019

Emily O'Reilly has been re-elected by Parliament with 320 votes in favour out of 600 votes cast. Her second mandate will last for five years. "I am delighted to have been re-elected for a second term. I wish to sincerely thank my fantastic campaign team for the huge effort over the past four months, I wish to thank my colleagues in the Office for all their hard work over the past five years, and t...

Ombudsman announces Award for Good Administration 2019 winners

Press release - Thursday | 27 June 2019

The European Commission’s initiative in plastics pollution reduction and awareness raising is the overall winner in the European Ombudsman’s 2019 Award for Good Administration, announced at a ceremony in Brussels by the Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. Prizes in six other categories – including communications and open administration - were also awarded from a total of 54 nominations from across the EU ad...

Ombudsman welcomes Dutch initiative on EU transparency

Press release - Wednesday | 19 June 2019

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly welcomes the initiative of the Dutch government, which is supported by other EU governments (Estonia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Sweden*), to improve legislative transparency in the Council of the EU. This follows a similar initiative in 2015. Proposals to publish more legislative documents and allow for greater openness of trilogue negotiations to help gre...

Ombudsman triple investigation: opaque national government EU decision making

Press release - Tuesday | 14 May 2019

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly is today progressing three separate inquiries into the lack of transparency of decision-making of national governments at EU level. These inquires follow her 2017 inquiry into the Council legislative process aimed at increasing the accountability of national governments when discussing and agreeing EU laws. INQUIRY 1) New inquiry into how the EU handles Eurogroup ...

Ombudsman commends EU record on Brexit transparency

Press release - Tuesday | 12 February 2019

Closing a two-year long initiative on the Brexit negotiations, European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly welcomed the generally high level of transparency, and urged the Commission and Council to maintain these standards in any future relationship negotiations. Ms O’Reilly is due to meet the EU’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, this afternoon in Strasbourg. Positive steps by the Commission’s Brexit Task...

Ombudsman calls for ‘blame Brussels’ culture to end

Press release - Thursday | 17 January 2019

European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, welcomes the European Parliament’s strong vote of support for her recommendations to improve the transparency and accountability of EU national governments’ legislative work in Brussels. “The lack of legislative transparency in the Council has allowed the ‘blame Brussels’ culture to endure for far too long. I hope today’s vote will help convince national governm...

Ombudsman suggests further anti-harassment measures for EU institutions

Press release - Wednesday | 19 December 2018

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has drawn up a list of good practices after reviewing the anti-harassment policies in 26 EU institutions and agencies. The practices cover awareness raising, workplace risk assessment, regular policy monitoring, mandatory training, swift procedures, and rehabilitation measures. “While the EU institutions generally have good anti-harassment policies, my repor...

Ombudsman launches ‘Award for Good Administration 2019’

Press release - Tuesday | 16 October 2018

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, invites nominations for the second biennial ‘Award for Good Administration’ in the EU institutions. Nominees for the award – to be submitted by end January 2019 – can be made by EU staff, or by businesses, associations or civil society groups. The nominated work should have a visible and positive impact on the lives of EU citizens. “The 2017 award showed wha...