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Ombudsman welcomes Dutch initiative on EU transparency

Keskiviikkona | 19 kesäkuuta 2019

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly welcomes the initiative of the Dutch government, which is supported by other EU governments (Estonia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Sweden*), to improve legislative transparency in the Council of the EU. This follows a similar initiative in 2015. Proposals to publish more legislative documents and allow for greater openness of trilogue negotiations to help gre...

Ombudsman triple investigation: opaque national government EU decision-making

Tiistaina | 14 toukokuuta 2019

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly is today progressing three separate inquiries into the lack of transparency of decision-making of national governments at EU level. These inquires follow her 2017 inquiry into the Council legislative process aimed at increasing the accountability of national governments when discussing and agreeing EU laws. INQUIRY 1) New inquiry into how the EU handles Eurogroup ...

Ombudsman commends EU record on Brexit transparency

Tiistaina | 12 helmikuuta 2019

Closing a two-year long initiative on the Brexit negotiations, European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly welcomed the generally high level of transparency, and urged the Commission and Council to maintain these standards in any future relationship negotiations. Ms O’Reilly is due to meet the EU’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, this afternoon in Strasbourg. Positive steps by the Commission’s Brexit Task...

Ombudsman calls for ‘blame Brussels’ culture to end

Torstaina | 17 tammikuuta 2019

European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, welcomes the European Parliament’s strong vote of support for her recommendations to improve the transparency and accountability of EU national governments’ legislative work in Brussels. “The lack of legislative transparency in the Council has allowed the ‘blame Brussels’ culture to endure for far too long. I hope today’s vote will help convince national governm...

Ombudsman suggests further anti-harassment measures for EU institutions

Keskiviikkona | 19 joulukuuta 2018

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has drawn up a list of good practices after reviewing the anti-harassment policies in 26 EU institutions and agencies. The practices cover awareness raising, workplace risk assessment, regular policy monitoring, mandatory training, swift procedures, and rehabilitation measures. “While the EU institutions generally have good anti-harassment policies, my repor...

Ombudsman launches ‘Award for Good Administration 2019’

Tiistaina | 16 lokakuuta 2018

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 wha...

Commission should develop new procedure for appointing its Secretary-General

Tiistaina | 04 syyskuuta 2018

Following an investigation into two complaints, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has found four instances of maladministration in the appointment of the European Commission’s Secretary-General in February 2018. The maladministration arose due to the Commission not following the relevant rules correctly either in letter or in spirit. The Commission created an artificial sense of urgency to f...

Ombudsman sends Special Report to Parliament on lack of Council legislative accountability

Torstaina | 17 toukokuuta 2018

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly has for only the second time during her mandate sent a Special Report to the European Parliament, on her inquiry to improve the accountability of the Council’s legislative work. The Ombudsman issued a number of Recommendations to the Council of the EU in February, following a year long inquiry, including that it systematically record Member State positions both in...

Ombudsman expresses disappointment at ECB response on President Draghi’s ‘Group of 30’ membership

Keskiviikkona | 18 huhtikuuta 2018

European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, notes with disappointment the decision of ECB President Mario Draghi not to suspend his membership of the private, Washington-based ‘Group of 30’ organisation following her recommendation to do so. “It’s a missed opportunity for increased trust.” Ms. O’Reilly said “I had hoped that at a challenging time for the EU, the ECB might have seized an opportunity to sho...

Ombudsman asks Commission to reassess Barroso appointment

Torstaina | 15 maaliskuuta 2018

After a year-long inquiry based on three separate complaints, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has asked that former Commission President Barroso’s employment with Goldman Sachs Bank be reassessed by its Ethics Committee in relation to its compatibility with the relevant Treaty obligations. Ms O’Reilly made the Recommendation as the Ethics Committee’s initial assessment reflected a commitme...