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Decision in case 2168/2019/KR on the European Banking Authority’s decision to approve the request from its Executive Director to become CEO of a financial lobby group

Trešdiena | 18 novembris 2020

The case concerned the decision of the European Banking Authority (EBA) to allow its Executive Director to take up a position as CEO of a lobby group.

The Ombudsman found two instances of maladministration and made three recommendations to avoid similar issues arising in future.

First, the EBA should, where necessary, invoke the option of forbidding its senior staff from taking up certain positions after their term-of-office. Any such prohibition should be time-limited, for example, for two years.

Second, the EBA should set out criteria for when it will forbid such moves in future so as to give clarity to senior staff. Applicants for senior EBA posts should be informed of the criteria when they apply.

Third, the EBA should put in place internal procedures so that once it is known that a member of its staff is moving to another job, their access to confidential information is cut off with immediate effect.

The Ombudsman closed the inquiry after the EBA accepted her recommendations and adopted measures to implement them.

The Ombudsman is confident that the policies the EBA has introduced will help it avoid damaging revolving door moves in the future. Other EU institutions and agencies should draw on these new EBA safeguards when revising their own rules.

 

Recommendation of the European Ombudsman in case 2168/2019/KR on how the European Banking Authority handled the move of its former Executive Director to become CEO of a financial industry lobby

Ceturtdiena | 07 maijs 2020

The Ombudsman received a complaint about the decision of the European Banking Authority (EBA) to allow its Executive Director to take up a position as CEO of an association representing banks, the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME).

The Ombudsman conducted an inquiry, inspected the relevant EBA documents and found maladministration, first, in that the EBA should have forbidden the job move. While the EBA adopted extensive restrictions, these are not sufficient when measured against the risks involved. The Ombudsman considers that if this move does not justify the application of the option, set out in the Staff Regulations, to forbid a staff member accepting a job offer, no move would.

Second, there was maladministration in that the EBA did not, once notified of the planned move, immediately withdraw its Executive Director’s access to confidential information.

The Ombudsman issues three recommendations to the EBA, which should (i) where necessary in future, invoke the option of forbidding its senior staff from taking up certain positions after their term-of-office. Any such prohibition should be time-limited, for example, for two years; (ii) set out criteria for when it will forbid such moves in future so as to give clarity to senior staff. Applicants for senior EBA posts should be informed of the criteria when they apply; and (iii) put in place internal procedures so that once it is known that a member of its staff is moving to another job, their access to confidential information is cut off with immediate effect.

The EBA should reply to these recommendations within three months.

           
           

 

Lēmums lietā 560/2019/KR par Eiropas Komisijas Zinātnisko konsultāciju mehānismā iesaistīto ekspertu iespējamu interešu konfliktu

Pirmdiena | 30 marts 2020

Izskatāmā lieta attiecās uz jautājumu par to, vai Eiropas Komisija ir ieviesusi procesus, ar ko nodrošina, ka zinātniskajiem ekspertiem, kuri to konsultē, nav nekāda interešu konflikta.

Sūdzības iesniedzējs – pilsoniskās sabiedrības organizācija – pauda bažas par to zinātnisko ekspertu neatkarību, kuri palīdzēja sagatavot konsultatīvo ziņojumu par augu aizsardzības līdzekļiem (plašāk zināmi kā pesticīdi).

Ombude secināja, ka Komisija ir ieviesusi sistēmas ekspertu neatkarības novērtēšanai. Tomēr, lai uzlabotu minētās sistēmas, viņa lūdza Komisiju nodrošināt, ka visas attiecīgās finanšu intereses tiek iekļautas ekspertu interešu deklarācijās un minētās deklarācijas tiek novērtētas un publicētas. Viņa slēdza lietu, sniedzot divus minētos ieteikumus uzlabojumu veikšanai.

Decision in case 1481/2019/MH on how the European Commission dealt with an infringement complaint against the Netherlands concerning the importation of potentially unsafe lighters

Piektdiena | 06 marts 2020

The case concerned the time taken by the European Commission to deal with a complaint from a manufacturer of lighters alleging that the Netherlands was infringing EU law. The complainant was particularly concerned that the Commission had not taken the next formal step in the procedure since July 2014, when it had asked the Netherlands for further information about the case.

The Ombudsman acknowledges that more than nine years to conduct an investigation into an infringement complaint is a very long time. However, based on the Commission’s extensive information gathering and its analysis, and the extent of its engagement with the Dutch authorities and the complainant, the Ombudsman has not found undue delay in the Commission’s handling of this case. Over the nine-year period, the Commission had approximately six rounds of information gathering with the Netherlands, while the complainant submitted reports and studies on more than 18 occasions. The complainant also met with the Commission at least 13 times.

As the Commission has now sent a letter to the complainant informing it of its intention to close the case, the Ombudsman considers that no further inquiries are justified.

Decision in case 1560/2019/SRS on the European Commission’s decision to ban the sale of food containing residues of buprofezin

Ceturtdiena | 13 februāris 2020

The case concerned the timing of the entry into force of a ban on the sale of food containing residues of a pesticide. The complainant, who represents importers of basmati rice, wanted to delay the entry into force of the ban to allow enough time to dispose of stocks of rice produced using the pesticide.

The Commission has wide discretion when deciding upon the measures necessary to protect public health. It explained why it was necessary to introduce the ban. It also gave stakeholders adequate advance notice of the entry into force of the ban. Thus, the Ombudsman found no maladministration.