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The Commission (PMO) and failure to reply to a request for information as to why the complainant, who is retired, has lost an allowance
Tuesday | 02 March 2021
Decision in case 784/2019/JN on the European Commission´s decision to reject certain costs in the context of an EU-funded project supporting education in Somalia
Tuesday | 13 October 2020
The case concerned the European Commission´s decision to reject almost EUR 50 000 in the context of an EU-funded project supporting education in Somalia.
The Ombudsman made the preliminary finding that the Commission´s decision was not fair. She made a corresponding proposal for a solution.
The Commission disagreed with the Ombudsman´s proposal and provided additional explanations for its position. The grant agreement, it said, contains a list of non-eligible costs including salary costs of the personnel of national administrations, at issue here. Declaring the costs eligible, although they are clearly ineligible, could create a precedent that the rules in question can be circumvented. In light of these and further explanations, the Ombudsman reached the conclusion that no further inquiries were justified. The grant agreement, read as a whole, supports the Commission´s position sufficiently.
However, the Ombudsman considered it regrettable that an organisation that successfully carried out a project in good faith and incurred the costs in question, should find itself in this situation. She suggested that the Commission consider how it could improve the clarity of the information in its ‘grant agreements’ with entities selected to carry out EU-funded projects, to avoid similar cases arising in the future.
Thursday | 23 April 2020
Decision in case 2084/2018/NH on how the European External Action Service and its mediation service handled a complaint from a staff member about alleged harassment
Wednesday | 22 April 2020
The case concerned how the EEAS handled an e-mail with harassment allegations, sent to its Mediation Service by a staff member in an EU Delegation. In the course of the Ombudsman’s inquiry, the EEAS explained how the Mediation Service had dealt with the complainant’s concerns and why the file had been closed.
The Ombudsman found that the explanations given by the EEAS were reasonable. The EEAS Mediation Service handled the complainant’s harassment claim in an informal way, in line with its mandate. The Ombudsman closed the inquiry with the finding that there was no maladministration by the EEAS.
Proposal of the European Ombudsman for a solution in case 784/2019/JN on the European Commission´s decision to reject certain costs in the context of an EU-funded project supporting education in Somalia
Tuesday | 03 March 2020
Decision in case 1377/2019/PL on how the European Commission dealt with a transfer of pension rights from the national Greek system into the EU pension system
Monday | 17 February 2020
Decision of the European Ombudsman in the case 8/2020/DL on the EU Delegation to Nigeria's withholding of payments for delivered services under a framework contract
Friday | 31 January 2020
The European External Action Service’s failure to reply to a request for reimbursement of mission expenses that were wrongly paid to a namesake
Thursday | 19 December 2019
Decision in case 1506/2018/JF on the alleged differential treatment regarding the daily allowance paid to an expert working on a twinning project run by the Delegation of the European Union in Albania
Friday | 20 September 2019
The case concerned the daily allowance paid to the complainant, an expert working on a twinning project in Albania.
The local Delegation and the twinning project leader agreed to pay a reduced daily allowance to the complainant. The project leader subsequently recruited two other experts whom it paid a higher daily allowance. Dissatisfied, the complainant asked that his allowance be raised with effect from the beginning of his work on the twinning project. The Delegation agreed to raise the allowance but refused to apply it retroactively. The complainant then turned to the Ombudsman arguing that the Delegation’s position was discriminatory.
The Ombudsman found that the applicable rules allowed experts to be paid different daily allowances. These rules also allowed the amounts of the allowance to be changed, but for the future only. The Ombudsman concluded that the Delegation had acted in accordance with the applicable rules and closed the case with a finding of no maladministration.
Decision in case 576/2019/LM on the European Parliament’s failure to reply to a request for review of its decision not to admit a candidate to the next stage of a staff selection procedure due to lack of managerial experience
Monday | 29 July 2019
How the European Commission (EU Delegation to Kenya) rejected certain staffing costs following a financial and systems audit in the context of Somali‐Wide Educational Synergies II & III project (Ref. ARES(2018)3464132)
Friday | 19 July 2019
Décision de la Médiatrice européenne dans l’affaire 1059/2019/NH concernant le refus du Service européen pour l’action extérieure de rembourser des frais d’avocats
Thursday | 04 July 2019
Décision dans l’affaire 301/2019/MH portant sur l’absence de réponse d’une délégation de l’Union européenne à une lettre concernant l’exécution d’un contrat pour la prestation des services d’audit
Wednesday | 08 May 2019
Decision in case 342/2019/MMO on the European Parliament’s alleged failure to fully reimburse a journalist for the travel expenses he incurred in order to participate in a seminar on ‘Research and Innovation’
Tuesday | 23 April 2019
The European Parliament’s failure to reply to a request for review of its decision not to admit a candidate to the next stage of two selection procedures for the lack of managerial experience
Tuesday | 09 April 2019
Decision in case 2196/2018/PL on the European Union Office in Kosovo’s request to replace an expert in a project
Monday | 01 April 2019
The complainant in this case was dismissed from an EU project by his employer, at the request of the EU Office in Kosovo (EUO). The complainant disagreed with the reasons given by the EUO to justify its request.
The Ombudsman inquired into the matter and found that the EUO provided comprehensive and reasonable explanations. Thus, the case was closed, finding no maladministration.
Parliament (DG Communication) and failure to fully reimburse a journalist’s expenses for participating in a seminar on Research and Innovation
Monday | 18 March 2019
How an EU Delegation dealt with concerns raised regarding the execution of a contract for the provision of auditing services
Tuesday | 12 March 2019
Décision dans l’affaire 2101/2018/AMF portant sur l’absence de paiement pour des congés non pris à la fin du contrat d’un membre du personnel de la Commission européenne
Thursday | 21 February 2019
The European Union Office in Kosovo’s failure to reply to a letter concerning the request to replace two experts in a project
Thursday | 17 January 2019