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Summary of the decision in case 860/2018/THH on the European Food Safety Authority’s refusal to grant public access to declarations of interest of middle management staff

Tuesday | 18 June 2019

The complaint concerned the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) refusal to grant public access to declarations of interest of EFSA’s middle management staff. More generally, the Ombudsman also examined how EFSA processes requests for public access to documents. The complainant requested public access to the declarations of interest of EFSA’s operational management, but was granted access only ...

Summary of the decision in case 1946/2018/KR on how the General Secretariat of the Council informs the public about meetings that the European Council President and members of his private office have with interest representatives

Tuesday | 18 June 2019

The case concerned a request by a non-governmental organisation to the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU (GSC) to make public information about all meetings held between interest representatives and the President of the European Council, as well as members of his private office (‘cabinet’). The General Secretariat of the Council replied to the complainant that while it is under no legal...

Summary of the decision in case 2011/2018/MIG on the Council of the European Union’s refusal to grant public access to a document setting out priorities for the military capability development of the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy

Friday | 14 June 2019

The complaint concerned the refusal of the Council of the European Union (the Council) to grant public access to a document identifying the priorities of the European Union (EU) regarding the military capability requirements for the Common Security and Defence Policy. In refusing access to the document, the Council relied on the need to protect the public interest as regards defence and military m...

Summary of the decision in case 1429/2016/SRS on how the European Commission handled a request for public access to documents concerning the free movement of persons in the context of Brexit

Friday | 14 June 2019

This case concerned a request for access to documents concerning the ‘free movement of persons’ under the now obsolete ‘New Settlement’ agreed by the United Kingdom and the European Union in 2016, prior to the UK’s decision to leave the EU. In denying access to the documents in question, the European Commission made use of exceptions provided for in the EU’s rules on public access to documents. It...

Summary of the decision in case 2006/2017/CEC on how the Court of Justice of the European Union adopted its new Code of Conduct and handled requests for access to documents

Wednesday | 05 June 2019

The complainant is a former judge at the EU’s General Court, which is the court of first instance within the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). He complained to the Ombudsman that the CJEU had wrongly extended the scope of its Code of Conduct for Members and former Members. He also claimed that the CJEU had handled incorrectly a number of his requests for public access to documents. Th...

Summary of the decision in the joint inquiry in cases 1337/2017/EA and 1338/2017/EA on the accessibility for visually impaired candidates of selection procedures to recruit EU civil servants, organised by the European Personnel Selection Office

The case concerned two complaints from visually impaired candidates who participated in selection procedures for recruiting EU civil servants, which were organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO). The complainants faced issues with the online application forms, which were not fully accessible for people using ‘screen readers’. The complainants also considered that EPSO had failed...

Summary of the decision in the joint inquiry in cases 1337/2017/EA and 1338/2017/EA on the accessibility for visually impaired candidates of selection procedures to recruit EU civil servants, organised by the European Personnel Selection Office

Monday | 03 June 2019

The case concerned two complaints from visually impaired candidates who participated in selection procedures for recruiting EU civil servants, which were organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO). The complainants faced issues with the online application forms, which were not fully accessible for people using ‘screen readers’. The complainants also considered that EPSO had failed...

Summary of the decision in the joint inquiry in cases 1337/2017/EA and 1338/2017/EA on the accessibility for visually impaired candidates of selection procedures to recruit EU civil servants, organised by the European Personnel Selection Office

Monday | 03 June 2019

The case concerned two complaints from visually impaired candidates who participated in selection procedures for recruiting EU civil servants, which were organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO). The complainants faced issues with the online application forms, which were not fully accessible for people using ‘screen readers’. The complainants also considered that EPSO had failed...

Summary of the decision in case 1955/2017/THH on the Council of the European Union’s refusal to grant public access to opinions evaluating the merits of candidates for appointment to the Court of Justice and the General Court of the European Union

Thursday | 23 May 2019

The case before the Ombudsman concerned the refusal of the Council of the European Union (the Council) to give an NGO public access to opinions evaluating the suitability of candidates for the positions of Judges and Advocates-General at the Court of Justice and the General Court of the European Union. These opinions, drawn up by a Panel on Judicial Appointments, are used by Member States when the...

Summary of the decision in case 910/2018/THH on the European Commission’s refusal to make public its assessment of sanctioning systems used by Member States to enforce the common fisheries policy

Thursday | 23 May 2019

The complaint concerned the refusal of the European Commission to grant an NGO full public access to three documents concerning the Commission’s assessment of the sanctioning systems used by EU Member States to ensure compliance with the EU’s common fisheries policy. The Ombudsman found that the refusal to make the documents public was justified by the need to protect ongoing investigations and au...