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Special Report of the European Ombudsman concerning his inquiry into complaint 2591/2010/GG against the European Commission

Monday | 14 May 2012

Made in accordance with Article 3(6) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1] Summary 1. The present case concerns the way in which the European Commission handled a complaint submitted to it in 2006 by 27 citizens' initiatives fighting against what they perceived to be the negative consequences of the expansion of Vienna airport ("the complainants"). The Commission reached the conclusion that ...

Special report from the European Ombudsman to the European Parliament concerning lack of cooperation by the European Commission in complaint 676/2008/RT

Friday | 28 March 2008

(Made in accordance with the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1]) INTRODUCTION 1. The Ombudsman considers that the present case raises an important issue of principle. He takes the view that the Commission has failed to cooperate sincerely with the Ombudsman during his inquiry into this complaint. The Ombudsman, therefore, seeks Parliament's assistance to ensure that the Commission will respect t...

Special Report from the European Ombudsman to the European Parliament following the draft recommendation to the European Commission in complaint 3453/2005/GG

Tuesday | 15 November 2005

(Made in accordance with Article 3(7) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1]) Introduction The Ombudsman considers that the present case raises an important issue of principle concerning the way the European Commission handles complaints submitted by citizens, in which an infringement of Community law by Member States is alleged. The question is whether the Commission, instead of opening infr...

Special Report from the European Ombudsman to the European Parliament following the draft recommendation to the Council of the European Union in complaint 1487/2005/GG

Wednesday | 04 May 2005

(Made in accordance with Article 3(7) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1]) Introduction The Ombudsman considers that the present case concerns two important issues of principle, namely, (1) the question as to the languages that should be used for the internet presentations of the Presidency of the EU and (2) the question whether the Council can be held responsible for the websites maintain...

Special Report from the European Ombudsman to the European Parliament following the draft recommendation to the European Commission in complaint 289/2005/(WP)GG

Tuesday | 22 February 2005

(Made in accordance with Article 3(7) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1]) Introduction The Ombudsman considers that the present case raises an important issue of principle, namely the question as to whether the Commission is entitled indefinitely to delay its handling of complaints alleging an infringement of Community law by a Member State on the grounds that it is unable to reach a poli...

Special Report from the European Ombudsman to the European Parliament following his Draft Recommendation to the European Commission in Complaint 185/2005/ELB

Wednesday | 16 February 2005

(Made in accordance with Article 3(7) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1]) Introduction 1. The Ombudsman considers that the present case raises an important issue of principle. He takes the view that the Commission infringes the principle of non-discrimination on the basis of age, by imposing an absolute ban on hiring freelance auxiliary conference interpreters over 65 years of age. This c...

Special Report from the European Ombudsman to the European Parliament following the draft recommendation to the European Anti-Fraud Office in complaint 2485/2004/GG

Monday | 06 September 2004

(Made in accordance with Article 3 (7) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1]) Introduction The Ombudsman considers that the present case raises an important issue of principle, affecting the trust of citizens in the EU institutions and bodies. Citizens should be able to have confidence in the accuracy and completeness of the Ombudsman's inquiries. If an institution or body has provided inacc...

Special Report from the European Ombudsman to the European Parliament following the draft recommendation to the Council of the European Union in complaint 2395/2003/GG

Thursday | 18 December 2003

(Made in accordance with Article 3 (7) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1]) Summary The present special report concerns the question as to whether the Council should meet publicly whenever it acts in a legislative capacity. The Ombudsman's inquiry into this matter results from a complaint made in December 2003. At present, the extent to which the Council's meetings in its legislative capac...

Special Report from the European Ombudsman to the European Parliament following the draft recommendation to the European Commission in own-initiative inquiry OI/2/2003/GG

Monday | 17 November 2003

(Made in accordance with Article 3 (7) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1]) The reasons for the own-initiative inquiry Complaint 1857/2003/GG (Confidential) On 6 October 2003, the European Ombudsman received a complaint from Mr B., the Press and Information Officer at the European Commission's Delegation in Islamabad. In this complaint, Mr B. alleged that his grading in Group[2] II had bee...

Special Report from the European Ombudsman to the European Parliament following the draft recommendation to the European Commission in complaint 1391/2002/JMA

Monday | 16 September 2002

(made in accordance with Article 3 (7) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1]) Summary The complaint concerns the failure of the European Schools to cater for the special educational needs of the complainant's daughter. Since the European Schools could not meet those special needs, the complainant was compelled to take her daughter to an alternative education system, the costs of which were n...