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Ombudsman launches ‘Award for Good Administration 2019’

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 what my office has long been aware of: examples of EU staff doing excellent work and making a huge effort to help citizens.”

“Formally recognising this work helps to share best practice across the institutions. I hope it will also serve as inspiration for future projects,” said Ms O’Reilly.

The inaugural edition of the award in 2016/2017 attracted 90 nominations and saw prizes awarded in seven categories. The overall winner was DG SANTE in the European Commission for its work in helping tackle rare diseases in Europe.

The award is open to staff in all EU institutions, agencies and bodies. Individuals, teams or units can be put forward as candidates, or may put themselves forward, along with concrete examples of good administration.

The nomination period opens on 16 October 2018 and closes on 31 January 2019. Submissions should relate to the period January 2017 - December 2018. Entries will be judged on the extent to which they reflect the core principles of good public administration. Categories for the award submissions include excellence in open administration; excellence in communications; and excellence in citizen focused services delivery.

An advisory committee will draw up a short-list of the best nominees and the winners will be selected by the European Ombudsman. An award ceremony will take place in June 2019.

The rules of procedure and the submission form for the award are available on our website.

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