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The European Commission's refusal to give public access to documents concerning the French national plan under the Recovery and Resilience Facility

Inquiry 1129/2022/LDS - Latest document added: Case description - Tuesday | 28 June 2022

The complainant asked the European Commission to grant public access to documents related to the French national plan under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). After having consulted with the French authorities, the Commission refused to grant access to the documents. In doing so, it invoked exceptions under the EU legislation on public access to documents, arguing that disclosing the docu...

How the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group handled the move of a former Vice-President to become the CEO of an Italian bank

Inquiry 611/2022/KR - Latest document added: Case description - Tuesday | 28 June 2022

The complainant was concerned about how the European Investment Bank (EIB) dealt with the notification of a former vice-president to take up a post-mandate position in an Italian bank. The complainant raised concerns about this move, for example about risks of conflicts of interest. The Ombudsman sought to inspect documents concerning the EIB's decision to approve the move, and asked the EIB to re...

How the European Commission dealt with a request for public access to documents related to the 'recovery and resilience plan' of the Netherlands

Inquiry 676/2022/MIG - Latest document added: Correspondence - Monday | 27 June 2022

The European Commission failed to take a final decision on a request that it review (a 'confirmatory application') its decision not to grant public access to documents related to the 'recovery and resilience plan' of Netherlands. The Ombudsman asked the Commission to take a decision on the confirmatory application without further delay.

How the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) handled a request for public access to documents concerning maritime pollution

Inquiry 129/2022/OAM - Latest document added: Correspondence - Monday | 27 June 2022

The complainant asked the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to grant public access to documents concerning maritime pollution, notably in the context of CleanSeaNet, which is a monitoring system for oil spills and vessel detection. EMSA provided the complainant with various statistical information but failed to provide him with a more detailed breakdown of feedback received following alerts s...

How the European Commission responded to concerns that it collects insufficient information about Ireland's implementation of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Inquiry 97/2022/PB - Latest document added: Correspondence - Friday | 24 June 2022

The complainant, a civil society organisation, raised concerns about how the European Commission is monitoring the application of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Ireland, in particular that the Commission does not gather sufficient information to effectively monitor the situation. The Ombudsman opened an inquiry and asked the Commission to explain how it ensures it has suffic...

The European Medicines Agency's refusal to give public access to parts of a clinical study report concerning a drug for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Inquiry 444/2022/MIG - Latest document added: Decision - Wednesday | 22 June 2022

The case concerned a refusal by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to grant full public access to a clinical study on the safety and efficacy of a medicine. In refusing access, it invoked an exception provided for under the EU legislation on public access to documents, arguing that disclosing the remaining information could undermine privacy of the individuals concerned. Specifically, the complai...

The refusal by the Council of the EU to give full public access to a legal opinion related to the EU trade agreement with the United Kingdom

Inquiry 717/2021/SF - Latest document added: Decision - Tuesday | 21 June 2022

The complainant requested from the Council of the EU public access to a legal opinion related to the EU trade agreement with the United Kingdom. The Council granted access to only parts of the document. In refusing to disclose the full document, the Council invoked several exceptions under the EU's rules on public access to documents, arguing that full disclosure would undermine the protection of ...

The impact of artificial intelligence on the EU administration and public administrations in the EU

Inquiry SI/3/2021/VS - Latest document added: Correspondence - Tuesday | 21 June 2022

The European Ombudsman, together with her national counterparts in the European Network of Ombudsmen (ENO), has been assessing the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) for public administrations. In this context, the Ombudsman carried out a strategic initiative on AI, notably engaging with the European Commission and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) to seek further informatio...

How the European Commission dealt with a request for public access to documents concerning the Dutch national plan under the Recovery and Resilience Facility

Inquiry 1079/2022/MIG - Latest document added: Case description - Thursday | 16 June 2022

The European Commission failed to take a final decision on a request that it review (a 'confirmatory application') its decision not to grant public access to documents related to the Dutch national plan under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The Ombudsman asked the Commission to take a decision on the confirmatory application without further delay.

How the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) deals with complaints about alleged fundamental rights breaches through its 'Complaints Mechanism'

Inquiry OI/5/2020/MHZ - Latest document added: Correspondence - Wednesday | 08 June 2022

The Ombudsman opened an inquiry on her own initiative to look into how the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) deals with alleged breaches of fundamental rights through its ‘complainants mechanism’, and to address the role and independence of Frontex’s Fundamental Rights Officer in this regard. The inquiry uncovered delays by Frontex in implementing its new obligations concerning the ...