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Decision in case 616/2020/DL on how the European Commission dealt with a contractor that had not paid its consultants

Keskiviikkona | 19 toukokuuta 2021

The complainant worked as an expert for an external contractor to the EU Delegation to Ghana. Not having been paid for her work, the complainant turned to the Ombudsman, claiming that the EU Delegation had failed to ensure that the external contractor respects its obligations towards the experts.

The Ombudsman found that both the EU Delegation and the European Commission had acted in accordance with the applicable rules when withholding some payments under the contract. She also found that they had taken appropriate action vis-a-vis the contractor to try to resolve the situation that affected the complainant. The Ombudsman considers that the Commission has adequate mechanisms in place to monitor contractors, and she trusts the Commission will use these mechanisms to monitor the situation and to take action within its remit if needed.

The Ombudsman therefore closed the case with a finding of no maladministration.

Decision in case 784/2019/JN on the European Commission´s decision to reject certain costs in the context of an EU-funded project supporting education in Somalia

Tiistaina | 13 lokakuuta 2020

The case concerned the European Commission´s decision to reject almost EUR 50 000 in the context of an EU-funded project supporting education in Somalia.

The Ombudsman made the preliminary finding that the Commission´s decision was not fair. She made a corresponding proposal for a solution.

The Commission disagreed with the Ombudsman´s proposal and provided additional explanations for its position. The grant agreement, it said, contains a list of non-eligible costs including salary costs of the personnel of national administrations, at issue here. Declaring the costs eligible, although they are clearly ineligible, could create a precedent that the rules in question can be circumvented. In light of these and further explanations, the Ombudsman reached the conclusion that no further inquiries were justified. The grant agreement, read as a whole, supports the Commission´s position sufficiently.

However, the Ombudsman considered it regrettable that an organisation that successfully carried out a project in good faith and incurred the costs in question, should find itself in this situation. She suggested that the Commission consider how it could improve the clarity of the information in its ‘grant agreements’ with entities selected to carry out EU-funded projects, to avoid similar cases arising in the future.

Decision in case 2084/2018/NH on how the European External Action Service and its mediation service handled a complaint from a staff member about alleged harassment

Keskiviikkona | 22 huhtikuuta 2020

The case concerned how the EEAS handled an e-mail with harassment allegations, sent to its Mediation Service by a staff member in an EU Delegation. In the course of the Ombudsman’s inquiry, the EEAS explained how the Mediation Service had dealt with the complainant’s concerns and why the file had been closed.

The Ombudsman found that the explanations given by the EEAS were reasonable. The EEAS Mediation Service handled the complainant’s harassment claim in an informal way, in line with its mandate. The Ombudsman closed the inquiry with the finding that there was no maladministration by the EEAS.

Päätös asiassa 1506/2018/JF väitetystä erityiskohtelusta päivärahan maksussa asiantuntijalle Euroopan unionin Albaniassa sijaitsevan edustuston hallinnoimassa kumppannushankkeessa (twinning)

Perjantaina | 20 syyskuuta 2019

Asia koski päivärahaa, joka oli maksettu Albaniassa kumppanuushankkeessa työskennelleelle kantelijalle.

Paikallinen edustusto ja kumppanuushankkeen päällikkö olivat sopineet, että kantelijalle maksetaan pienennettyä päivärahaa. Projektipäällikkö rekrytoi myöhemmin kaksi muuta asiantuntijaa, joille maksettiin suurempaa päivärahaa. Kantelija ilmaisi tyytymättömyytensä ja pyysi, että hänen päivärahaansa korotettaisiin takautuvasti siitä alkaen, kun hän  aloitti työnsä kumppanuushankkeessa. Edustusto suostui korottamaan päivärahaa, mutta kieltäytyi maksamaan sitä takautuvasti. Tämän jälkeen kantelija kääntyi oikeusasiamiehen puoleen ja väitti, että edustuston kanta on syrjivä.

Oikeusasiamies katsoi sovellettavien sääntöjen mahdollistavan sen, että asiantuntijoille voidaan maksaa erilaisia päivärahoja. Nämä säännöt mahdollistivat myös sen, että tulevien päivärahojen määrää voidaan muuttaa, mutta ei koskaan takautuvasti. Oikeusasiamies katsoi, että edustusto oli toiminut sovellettavien sääntöjen mukaisesti ja päätti asian käsittelyn todeten, että kyseessä ei ollut hallinnollinen epäkohta.

Decision in case 2196/2018/PL on the European Union Office in Kosovo’s request to replace an expert in a project

Maanantaina | 01 huhtikuuta 2019

The complainant in this case was dismissed from an EU project by his employer, at the request of the EU Office in Kosovo (EUO). The complainant disagreed with the reasons given by the EUO to justify its request.

The Ombudsman inquired into the matter and found that the EUO provided comprehensive and reasonable explanations. Thus, the case was closed, finding no maladministration.