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Award for Good Administration honours efforts to bring EU citizens home during COVID-19 pandemic

Comunicado de prensa - Jueves | 24 junio 2021

The European Ombudsman Award for Good Administration 2021 honours the EU’s extraordinary efforts last year to help repatriate over a half million EU citizens stranded around the world due to the pandemic. The joint winning projects were undertaken by staff in the Commission’s department for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (DG ECHO) and the European External Action Service (EEAS). The winners...

New statute: Ombudsman welcomes legal strengthening of her Office

Comunicado de prensa - Jueves | 10 junio 2021

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly welcomes the Parliament’s approval (602 votes out of the 692 cast) of a strengthened legal framework for her Office. The revised statute strengthens the legal base of the Ombudsman and introduces new safeguards to further guarantee its independence, including an adequate budget to support the Office’s activities. “A strong, well-resourced and independent Ombudsman...

Ombudsman launches broad inquiry into Commission handling of staff ‘revolving doors’ cases

Comunicado de prensa - Martes | 18 mayo 2021

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has launched a wide-ranging inquiry into how the Commission handles so-called ‘revolving doors’ cases among its staff. The inquiry is part of a reinforced monitoring of how the EU administration implements the ethics obligations on EU staff who move to the private sector. The Ombudsman will inspect 100 personnel files related to decisions by the Commission on requ...

La evaluación de sostenibilidad debería haberse completado antes de que los negociadores cerrasen el acuerdo comercial UE - Mercosur

Comunicado de prensa - Viernes | 19 marzo 2021

Una investigación de la Defensora del Pueblo Europeo, Emily O’Reilly, ha determinado que la Comisión Europea debería haber completado una evaluación actualizada del impacto sobre la sostenibilidad (EIS) antes de que se cerrara el acuerdo comercial entre la UE y el Mercosur. La Defensora instó a que, en futuras negociaciones comerciales, dichas evaluaciones sean concluidas antes del acuerdo final. ...

El Defensor del Pueblo Europeo urge al ECDC a ser más transparente sobre su trabajo mientras comienza la campaña de vacunación

Comunicado de prensa - Martes | 09 febrero 2021

Tras investigar durante seis meses la gestión de la COVID-19 del Centro Europeo para la Prevención y el Control de las Enfermedades (ECDC), el Defensor del Pueblo Europeo ha hecho una serie de propuestas para conseguir una mayor atención y una mayor comprensión de su actividad por parte del público, mientras continúa la crisis y el foco de su trabajo se desplaza a la supervisión de la distribución...

Ombudsman criticises Commission following BlackRock contract inquiry

Comunicado de prensa - Miércoles | 25 noviembre 2020

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly has asked the Commission to improve its guidelines for assessing bidders for contracts related to public policy after it awarded a study contract to BlackRock Investment Management in an area of financial and regulatory interest to the company. Ms O’Reilly also asked the Commission to consider strengthening the conflict of interest provisions in the Financial Regu...

Ombudsman launches ‘Award for Good Administration 2021’

Comunicado de prensa - Jueves | 12 noviembre 2020

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, invites nominations for the third biennial ‘Award for Good Administration’ in the EU institutions. Nominations for the award – to be submitted by end January 2021 – 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 devastating effects...

EU can be global leader for transparent and ethical public administration

Comunicado de prensa - Lunes | 26 octubre 2020

The European Union can and must become a global leader in open, transparent and ethical public administration, according to the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly. Speaking at an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Office, Ms O’Reilly said: “The pandemic has forcefully reminded us of the vital need for excellent public services and for the creation of maximum public trust in their admin...

EBA accepts Ombudsman recommendations following former Executive Director’s move to finance lobby group

Comunicado de prensa - Martes | 01 septiembre 2020

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly commends the European Banking Authority (EBA) for agreeing to introduce the measures she recommended to deal with future revolving door situations. This follows her finding that the EBA should not have allowed its former Executive Director to become CEO of a financial lobby association. According to the EBA’s reply to the Ombudsman, it is ready to forbid senior st...

Ombudsman welcomes steps to make EU law making more accessible to the public

Comunicado de prensa - Jueves | 16 julio 2020

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly welcomes the new transparency steps taken by the Council of the EU to enable the public better to exercise its democratic right to have its say in EU law making through following the legislative process. The measures include proactively publishing progress reports on negotiations on draft laws as well as the Council mandate for negotiations with the European Parli...