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How the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) dealt with a complaint concerning a staff selection procedure in the field of financial rules applicable to the European Union budget
Monday | 18 October 2021
Query Q2/2021/OAM by the Catalan Ombudsman concerning the issuing of EU Digital COVID Certificates for those who have recovered from COVID-19 infections confirmed by antigen tests
Tuesday | 07 September 2021
Query by the Catalan Ombudsman concerning clarifications from the European Commission on the issuing of EU digital COVID recovery certificates
Friday | 03 September 2021
Letter from the European Ombudsman to the European Commission regarding the query Q2/2021/OAM by the Catalan Ombudsman concerning clarifications from the European Commission on the issuing of EU digital COVID recovery certificates
Friday | 03 September 2021
The European External Action Service’s (EEAS - Delegation in Washington, USA) failure to reply to correspondence concerning a traineeship that had to be postponed and was cancelled because of COVID-19
Monday | 23 August 2021
The failure by the European Commission Representation in Cyprus to reply to a request concerning COVID-19 antigen tests
Wednesday | 28 July 2021
How the European Commission dealt with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the work of researchers participating in the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
Monday | 05 July 2021
Decision on how the European Commission dealt with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the work of researchers participating in the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (joint cases 1242/2020/SF and 1380/2020/SF)
Thursday | 01 July 2021
The complaints concerned the European Commission’s decision not to extend funding for those carrying out research under the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Programme (MSCA) following the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the work of researchers. The complainants considered that the measures the Commission put in place to support MSCA researchers during the COVID-19 crisis were insufficient, as they would not enable them to continue their work.
The Ombudsman opened an inquiry into how the Commission communicated with project partners that received grants under the MSCA, and the researchers carrying out the work for those project partners, about the measures they could take to address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on their projects.
During the inquiry, the Ombudsman shared her preliminary findings with the Commission. In particular, the inquiry showed that, overall, the Commission had taken appropriate action to communicate the measures that could be taken to support researchers according to the applicable rules. However, as no solution had been found for the complainants, she urged the Commission to explore whether additional funding could exceptionally be awarded to the complainants and researchers in similarly difficult situations.
The Commission broadly accepted the Ombudsman’s preliminary findings but reiterated that, due to legal and financial constraints, it cannot provide any exceptional funding.
The Ombudsman appreciates the difficult situation faced by many MSCA researchers due to the COVID-19 crisis. At the same time, she acknowledges the Commission’s commitment to find solutions within the applicable rules for those researchers impacted. While it is regrettable that a solution could not be found for the complainants and researchers in similar situations, the Ombudsman closed the case as further inquiries would not result in a more satisfactory outcome for the complainants. However, she made two suggestions for improvement.
The European Commission's failure to reply to a request for information about the status of an infringement complaint
Thursday | 03 June 2021
Decision in case 38/2021/PL on the possibility to deselect answers in multiple-choice question tests organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)
Monday | 10 May 2021
The complainant, a candidate in a selection procedure for EU staff, appeared to have left unanswered one question in a multiple-choice question tests organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO). EPSO said that she had deselected her initial response. The complainant questioned whether this was even technically possible, as it is not possible in the sample tests available online.
The Ombudsman inspected the technical log for the complainant’s test and found that she had indeed deselected her initial answer. EPSO said that deselecting answers is possible in all test, but not in the sample test, in which it would add a disclaimer about the matter. The Ombudsman thus closes the inquiry with a finding of no maladministration.
Wednesday | 14 April 2021
Decision of the European Ombudsman in the case 325/2021/KT on how the European Commission carried out a selection procedure for the post of Director-General of the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (vacancy notice COM/2020/10395)
Tuesday | 16 March 2021
Decision of the European Ombudsman in case 204/2021/PL on how the European Public Prosecutor’s Office dealt with a request for contribution to travel expenses made by a candidate in a staff selection procedure
Thursday | 25 February 2021
The Delegation of the European Union’s (DEU Mali) alleged failure to approve in a timely manner a final report from a company under a framework contract (EuropeAid/132633/C/SER/Multi)
Tuesday | 02 February 2021
Decision of the European Ombudsman in the case 3/2021/PL on the European Commission declaring ineligible an application to its traineeship programme because of missing supporting documents
Wednesday | 27 January 2021
Decision of the European Ombudsman concerning complaint 1604/2020/PL against the European Court of Auditors for rejecting a job application due to missed deadline
Wednesday | 06 January 2021
Preliminary findings of the European Ombudsman in the above cases on how the European Commission dealt with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the work of researchers participating in the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Friday | 18 December 2020
How the European Commission ensures that the sustainability and climate impact of proposed energy ‘projects of common interest’ are assessed
Thursday | 19 November 2020
Decision in case 1991/2019/KR on the European Commission’s action concerning sustainability assessment for gas projects on the current List of Projects of Common Interest
Tuesday | 17 November 2020
The case concerned the inclusion of gas projects on the EU’s 2019 list of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs).These are cross-border energy infrastructure projects that should help achieve EU energy and climate policy objectives. The complainant was concerned that the sustainability of gas projects on that PCI list had not been satisfactorily assessed, as is required.
The Commission had already acknowledged that the sustainability assessment of candidate gas projects had been suboptimal due to a lack of data and inadequate methodologies. In the course of the inquiry, the Commission informed the Ombudsman that it is updating the criterion used for assessing the sustainability of projects that are candidates for inclusion on the next PCI list, which it will draw up in 2021.
Among other things, this update is expected to take into account the CO2 and methane balance, as well as efficiency impacts, in the assessment of projects. The indicator is expected to reflect the infrastructure’s expected impact on the overall greenhouse gas intensity of energy production in a given EU Member State and the emissions related to the functioning of the infrastructure itself.
The Ombudsman welcomes the fact that the Commission will ensure that this update is in place before the decision is taken on the next PCI list. The adoption date for the next PCI list is foreseen in the last quarter of 2021.
Given the EU’s objectives concerning climate change and sustainability, it is regrettable that gas projects were included on previous PCI lists, without having their sustainability properly assessed. This meant that it was not possible to rank them to identify the most sustainable ones. However, the Commission is taking the necessary action with the result that no further inquiries of the Ombudsman are justified at this point.
Decision in case 563/2020/MMO on the non-renewal of an employment contract with the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol)
Wednesday | 28 October 2020
The case concerned the non-renewal of the complainant’s employment contract after he had worked for 11 years at Europol.
The Ombudsman noted that there is no obligation on EU agencies to renew fixed-term employment contracts. EU agencies also enjoy wide discretion as regards their internal organisation, which includes defining the conditions for contract renewal. In this case, Europol followed the applicable rules and there is no indication that it committed a manifest error of assessment nor that it abused its power by not renewing the complainant’s contract.
The Ombudsman closed the inquiry finding no maladministration.