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Commission should develop new procedure for appointing its Secretary-General

Tuesday | 04 September 2018

Following an investigation into two complaints, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has found four instances of maladministration in the appointment of the European Commission’s Secretary-General in February 2018. The maladministration arose due to the Commission not following the relevant rules correctly either in letter or in spirit. The Commission created an artificial sense of urgency to f...

Ombudsman sends Special Report to Parliament on lack of Council legislative accountability

Thursday | 17 May 2018

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly has for only the second time during her mandate sent a Special Report to the European Parliament, on her inquiry to improve the accountability of the Council’s legislative work. The Ombudsman issued a number of Recommendations to the Council of the EU in February, following a year long inquiry, including that it systematically record Member State positions both in...

Ombudsman expresses disappointment at ECB response on President Draghi’s ‘Group of 30’ membership

Wednesday | 18 April 2018

European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, notes with disappointment the decision of ECB President Mario Draghi not to suspend his membership of the private, Washington-based ‘Group of 30’ organisation following her recommendation to do so. “It’s a missed opportunity for increased trust.” Ms. O’Reilly said “I had hoped that at a challenging time for the EU, the ECB might have seized an opportunity to sho...

Ombudsman asks Commission to reassess Barroso appointment

Thursday | 15 March 2018

After a year-long inquiry based on three separate complaints, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has asked that former Commission President Barroso’s employment with Goldman Sachs Bank be reassessed by its Ethics Committee in relation to its compatibility with the relevant Treaty obligations. Ms O’Reilly made the Recommendation as the Ethics Committee’s initial assessment reflected a commitme...

Ombudsman launches ‘fast-track’ complaint procedure for access to documents

Tuesday | 20 February 2018

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has introduced a new fast-track procedure to deal with access to documents complaints. Under the new system the Ombudsman will be able to take a decision within two months of receiving the complaint. Access to documents decisions can be prioritised in this way as – unlike other complaints alleging maladministration – the institution will in general have alre...

Ombudsman says Member States must open up their opaque negotiations on EU laws

Tuesday | 13 February 2018

Following a detailed inquiry, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has found that the Council of the EU - through practices that inhibit the scrutiny of draft EU legislation - undermines citizens’ right to hold their elected representatives to account. This constitutes maladministration. The Ombudsman specifically criticises the Council’s failure systematically to record the identity of Member ...

Ombudsman recommends President Draghi suspend his ‘Group of 30’ membership

Wednesday | 17 January 2018

Following a year-long complaint-based inquiry, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has recommended that ECB President Mario Draghi suspend his membership of the Group of 30 (G30) for the remainder of his term in office in order to protect the Bank and its President from any perception that the Bank’s independence could be compromised. The Ombudsman has also recommended that future presidents o...

Ombudsman asks President Tusk to publish meetings with lobbyists

Monday | 18 December 2017

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, is asking European Council President Donald Tusk to consider publishing information about meetings he and his cabinet hold with interest representatives. While such meetings are essential to his role, Ms O’Reilly has also suggested that any such meetings should only be with registered lobbyists, if they fall under the scope of the EU Transparency Register. T...

Ombudsman welcomes EU decision to pay trainees in EU foreign delegations

Thursday | 30 November 2017

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, welcomes the vote today by the EU to allocate funds to pay trainees in EU foreign delegations, in response to her recommendation. The Ombudsman’s proposal followed a complaint by an Austrian trainee about the European External Action Service’s practice of not paying trainees in its delegations. “I welcome the progressive stance of High Representative Mogheri...

Ombudsman launches public consultation on Council transparency

Thursday | 05 October 2017

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has as part of an ongoing inquiry invited feedback from the public, civil society, national parliaments, and others on how the Council of the EU can make its law-making work more transparent. This consultation asks nine questions including what measures the Council could take to make legislative documents easier to find; what difficulties are faced in trying...