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Through ‘parallel investigations’, the European Ombudsman and members of the European Network of Ombudsman can look into issues involving both EU and national or regional administrations. These investigations involve cooperation between the different participating offices and aim to achieve common goals.

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The implementation of Article 74(3) of Regulation 1303/2013 requiring Member States to have in place effective complaint mechanisms for matters concerning European Structural and Investment Funds ‐ follow‐up on OI/8/2014/AN

Tuesday | 25 September 2018

The implementation of Article 74(3) of Regulation 1303/2013 requiring Member States to have in place effective complaint mechanisms for matters concerning European Structural and Investment Funds ‐ follow‐up on OI/8/2014/AN.

Letter to the President of the European Commission Mr Jean- Claude Juncker concerning European Structural and Investment Funds — follow-up to OI/8/2014/AN

Tuesday | 25 September 2018

Mr Jean- Claude Juncker President of the European Commission Strasbourg, 25/09/2018 Strategic Initiative SI/3/2018/JN: effective complaint mechanisms for matters concerning European Structural and Investment Funds — follow-up to OI/8/2014/AN Dear Mr President, On 11 May 2015, I closed my inquiry (OI/8/2014/AN) into how the European Commission ensures that the fundamental rights, recognised in the ...

The Commission’s handling of an infringement complaint against the Netherlands (refusal to issue a visa for a third country family member of a Union citizen)

Thursday | 27 July 2017

The Commission’s handling of an infringement complaint against the Netherlands (refusal to issue a visa for a third country family member of a Union citizen).

The European Commission’s handling of an infringement complaint against the Netherlands concerning a refusal to issue a visa for a third country family member of a Union citizen

Friday | 28 July 2017

Mr Jean-Claude Juncker President European Commission Strasbourg, 28/07/2017 Complaint 1040/2017/JAP Subject of case: The European Commission’s handling of an infringement complaint against the Netherlands concerning a refusal to issue a visa for a third country family member of a Union citizen Dear Mr President, I have received a complaint from [the complainant’s name] against the European Commiss...

Decision in case 1040/2017/JAP on the European Commission’s handling of an infringement complaint against the Netherlands concerning a refusal to issue a visa for a third-country family member of a Union citizen

Friday | 16 February 2018

This case concerned the European Commission’s handling of an infringement complaint against the Dutch authorities, which refused to issue a visa for a third-country family member of a Union citizen.

The complainant is an Austrian national, who resided in the Netherlands on a boat. His third-country wife wished to accompany him and thus applied for a visa pursuant to the Citizens’ Rights Directive. However, the Dutch authorities refused to issue her with a visa. On appeal, the rejection decision was confirmed. The complainant turned to the European Commission as he believed that the Dutch authorities misapplied EU law and rejected the application on incorrect grounds.

The European Commission considered that the complainant’s case indeed constituted an instance of misapplication of EU rules. However, since this was an isolated case and in absence of a general and consistent practice contrary to EU law on the part of the Dutch authorities, it decided not to take any further action. The complainant contested the Commission’s decision referring to information from the SOLVIT network, which suggested that his problem might be of systemic nature. However, as the Commission did not reply, he turned to the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman inquired into the issue and asked the Commission for a thorough explanation of its position. She also contacted the Dutch Ombudsman and the SOLVIT network.

The Commission provided an extensive justification for its decision not to follow-up on the complainant’s case.

The Ombudsman found thus no maladministration and closed the case.

Given the Commission’s statement in its reply about the Member States’ problems with application of EU law in this area, she has decided to contact the national ombudsmen with a view to raising awareness of the problem.

The Commission’s handling of an infringement complaint against the Netherlands (refusal to issue a visa for a third country family member of a Union citizen)

Thursday | 27 July 2017

The Commission’s handling of an infringement complaint against the Netherlands (refusal to issue a visa for a third country family member of a Union citizen).

Decision in case 1040/2017/JAP on the European Commission’s handling of an infringement complaint against the Netherlands concerning a refusal to issue a visa for a third-country family member of a Union citizen

Monday | 28 May 2018

This case concerned the European Commission’s handling of an infringement complaint against the Dutch authorities, which refused to issue a visa for a third-country family member of a Union citizen.

The complainant is an Austrian national, who resided in the Netherlands on a boat. His third-country wife wished to accompany him and thus applied for a visa pursuant to the Citizens’ Rights Directive. However, the Dutch authorities refused to issue her with a visa. On appeal, the rejection decision was confirmed. The complainant turned to the European Commission as he believed that the Dutch authorities misapplied EU law and rejected the application on incorrect grounds.

The European Commission considered that the complainant’s case indeed constituted an instance of misapplication of EU rules. However, since this was an isolated case and in absence of a general and consistent practice contrary to EU law on the part of the Dutch authorities, it decided not to take any further action. The complainant contested the Commission’s decision referring to information from the SOLVIT network, which suggested that his problem might be of systemic nature. However, as the Commission did not reply, he turned to the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman inquired into the issue and asked the Commission for a thorough explanation of its position. She also contacted the Dutch Ombudsman and the SOLVIT network.

The Commission provided an extensive justification for its decision not to follow-up on the complainant’s case.

The Ombudsman found thus no maladministration and closed the case.

Given the Commission’s statement in its reply about the Member States’ problems with application of EU law in this area, she has decided to contact the national ombudsmen with a view to raising awareness of the problem.

ENO Parallel initiative concerning the Commission’s and the Member States’ implementation of Article 28 (governing inspections) of Regulation 1005/2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer

Monday | 24 July 2017

ENO Parallel initiative concerning the Commission’s and the Member States’ implementation of Article 28 (governing inspections) of Regulation 1005/2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer

Letter to the President of the European Commission Mr Jean- Claude Juncker

Monday | 24 July 2017

Mr Jean-Claude Juncker President of the European Commission Strasbourg, 24/07/2017 Strategic initiative SI/7/2017/JN concerning the implementation of Article 28 (governing inspections) of Regulation 1005/2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer Dear Mr President, The European Union is a world leader in policies to combat climate change. It is committed to putting the Paris agreement into pr...