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Decision in case 1225/2017/TE on the European Commission’s failure to answer correspondence concerning an infringement complaint against Ireland

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  • Affaire : 1225/2017/TE
    Ouvert le 4 août 2017 - Décision le 31 oct. 2017
  • Institution(s) concernée(s) : Commission européenne

1. On 5 February 2017, the complainant wrote to the European Commission to object to a pre-closure letter sent by the Commission on 10 January 2017 concerning an infringement complaint he had lodged against Ireland on 29 December 2014.  The infringement complaint concerned an instance of alleged non-compliance with EU public procurement rules by the Irish Department of Education and Skills. As the complainant neither received a reply to his letter nor a final decision on his infringement complaint, he turned to the Ombudsman, on 14 July 2017.

2. The Ombudsman contacted the Commission. The Commission replied to the complainant on 6 September 2017. In its letter, the Commission apologised for the late reply and then informed the complainant of its decision to close his infringement complaint. The Commission explained that, for the reasons set out in its decision, EU public procurement law does not apply to the issues raised in his complaint.  

3. As a reply has now been sent, this complaint is resolved and the Ombudsman closes the case[1].

 

Lambros Papadias

Head of Inquiries - Unit 3

Strasbourg, 31/10/2017

 

[1] If the complainant considers that the institution’s reply is not satisfactory, it is open to him/her/it to make a new complaint to the Ombudsman.