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How the European Commission dealt with a complaint that Poland is in breach of EU law in relation to service of non-professional drivers (CHAP(2021)04147)
Tuesday | 29 November 2022
The European Commission's failure to reply to e-mails asking questions about the fly bans applicable to Russian nationals
Tuesday | 22 November 2022
Decision on how the European Commission dealt with a request for public access to a letter concerning a report on an investigation into a fatal train accident in Spain (cases 710/2022/OAM and 716/2022/OAM)
Wednesday | 09 November 2022
The cases concerned how the European Commission dealt with two requests for public access to a letter sent by the Spanish authorities to the Commission concerning a report by the EU Agency for Railways in relation to a train accident in Spain in which 79 people died. The Commission initially refused access to the requested letter. The complainants asked the Commission to reconsider its position, but did not receive a final reply to their requests within the applicable deadlines.
The Ombudsman asked the Commission to reply without delay to the complainants’ requests. The Ombudsman inquiry team also inspected the letter in question. Based on the review of the letter, the Ombudsman was not convinced by the Commission’s arguments to refuse public access and asked to meet with the Commission to obtain more information.
The complainants informed the Ombudsman that, in the meantime, the letter had been disclosed by the Spanish authorities at national level. Since both complainants have now obtained access, no further inquiries into these cases are justified and the Ombudsman closes them.
Decision in the case 1484/2022/LDS on how the European Union Aviation Safety Agency handled a complaint concerning its advice on the impact of the war in Ukraine for private aviation
Friday | 02 September 2022
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) failure to reply to requests for information on how it interprets the restrictions imposed against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine
Tuesday | 09 August 2022
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency's (EASA) failure to reply to a query voicing concerns on how the Agency applies restrictions following Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Monday | 20 June 2022
The European Commission's failure to reply to e-mails concerning cabin air quality in commercial transport aircraft
Friday | 17 June 2022
Decision concerning complaint 1023/2022/VS against the European Commission on how it replied to an e-mail concerning a complaint about an airline
Wednesday | 15 June 2022
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency's (EASA) failure to reply to queries voicing concerns on how the Agency applies restrictions following Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Tuesday | 31 May 2022
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency ’s (EASA) failure to reply to an enquiry concerning the updated standards on medical equipment in aircrafts
Monday | 30 May 2022
The European Commission's failure to reply to the complainant’s questions concerning registration of motor vehicles (ongoing infringement matter CHAP(2013)3090 / EU-Pilot 6060/14/ENTR)
Wednesday | 18 May 2022
How the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) failed to acknowledge receipt of a query about its understanding of the restrictions imposed against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine
Tuesday | 26 April 2022
How the European Commission dealt with a request for public access to a letter concerning a report on an investigation into a train accident
Wednesday | 06 April 2022
How the European Union Agency for Railways failed to reply to a query on the availability of a technical annex in German
Thursday | 17 February 2022
The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency's (INEA) refusal to grant full public access to a document related to the Lyon-Turin base tunnel project
Monday | 31 January 2022
Decision on the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency's (INEA) refusal to grant full public access to a document related to the Lyon-Turin base tunnel project (case 465/2021/VB)
Thursday | 27 January 2022
The case concerned the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency’s (INEA) refusal to grant full public access to an amendment to a grant agreement concerning the Lyon-Turin base tunnel project. INEA argued that full disclosure of the document would harm the commercial interests of the entities involved in the project and undermine the privacy and integrity of individuals.
Based on an inspection of the requested document, the Ombudsman considered that there was an overriding public interest in disclosing information related to delays in completing the project. The Ombudsman therefore proposed to the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), which succeeded and replaced INEA on 1 April 2021, to review its position on the complainant’s request, with a view to granting the widest possible public access.
In its reply, CINEA agreed to grant wider access to the document. It argued, however, that further disclosure would undermine public security. It also noted that the public security exception in the EU’s law on public access to documents is absolute and cannot be overridden by a public interest.
The Ombudsman noted that the Agency had not previously relied on the public security exception and considered the reasoning provided by CINEA to that effect insufficient. She therefore suggested that CINEA provide the complainant with an appropriate statement of reasons supporting the application of the public security exception.
In reply, CINEA agreed to provide additional information to the complainant. The Ombudsman considers the additional information sufficient to ascertain the reason for CINEA’s reliance on the public security exception. In view of this additional information, the Ombudsman also considers it reasonable for CINEA to invoke the public security exception in this case.
As CINEA agreed to follow the Ombudsman’s suggestion, the Ombudsman closed the case with the conclusion that no further inquiries are justified.
The European Commission’s failure to deal in a timely manner with two requests for review of its decisions on public access to documents requests
Monday | 13 December 2021
The European Commission's (Europe Direct) failure to reply to a question concerning training for professional drivers
Friday | 05 November 2021
The European Aviation Safety Agency’s failure to reply to the complainant’s enquiries about aviation safety
Thursday | 04 November 2021
The Council of the EU’s refusal to provide full public access to documents related to trilogue negotiations on motor vehicle emissions
Wednesday | 13 October 2021