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Debate on EU future should not be an exercise in 'citizen-washing', warns Ombudsman

Press release - Saturday | 22 January 2022

The Ombudsman has called on the EU, and especially national governments, to take seriously ideas submitted by the public during the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe or risk alienating citizens.

Ombudsman calls for EU access to documents law to be modernised

Press release - Monday | 15 November 2021

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has called for the EU’s access to documents law, which is twenty years old this year, to be updated to reflect the reality of modern communications. Speaking at a conference she is hosting today on the future of Regulation 1049/2001, Ms O’Reilly emphasised the importance of the law for enabling the public to hold the EU account, and called for its modernisation: “...

Award for Good Administration honours efforts to bring EU citizens home during COVID-19 pandemic

Press release - Thursday | 24 June 2021

The European Ombudsman Award for Good Administration 2021 honours the EU’s extraordinary efforts last year to help repatriate over a half million EU citizens stranded around the world due to the pandemic. The joint winning projects were undertaken by staff in the Commission’s department for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (DG ECHO) and the European External Action Service (EEAS). The winners...

New statute: Ombudsman welcomes legal strengthening of her Office

Press release - Thursday | 10 June 2021

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly welcomes the Parliament’s approval (602 votes out of the 692 cast) of a strengthened legal framework for her Office. The revised statute strengthens the legal base of the Ombudsman and introduces new safeguards to further guarantee its independence, including an adequate budget to support the Office’s activities. “A strong, well-resourced and independent Ombudsman...

Ombudsman launches broad inquiry into Commission handling of staff ‘revolving doors’ cases

Press release - Tuesday | 18 May 2021

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has launched a wide-ranging inquiry into how the Commission handles so-called ‘revolving doors’ cases among its staff. The inquiry is part of a reinforced monitoring of how the EU administration implements the ethics obligations on EU staff who move to the private sector. The Ombudsman will inspect 100 personnel files related to decisions by the Commission on requ...

Ombudsman: Sustainability assessment should have been completed before EU-Mercosur trade deal agreed by negotiators

Press release - Friday | 19 March 2021

The European Commission should have concluded an updated sustainability impact assessment (SIA) before the EU-Mercosur trade deal was agreed, an inquiry by European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has found. The Ombudsman urged that, in future trade negotiations, such assessments be finished ahead of the final agreement. “The EU projects its values through its trade deals. Concluding a trade agreement be...

Ombudsman calls on ECDC to be more open about its work as vaccine rollout begins

Press release - Tuesday | 09 February 2021

Following a six-month inquiry into the performance of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) during the COVID-19 crisis, the European Ombudsman has made a series of proposals to enable greater public scrutiny and understanding of its work as the crisis continues and the focus of that work moves to the monitoring of vaccine distribution. The Ombudsman has also suggested that ...

Ombudsman criticises Commission following BlackRock contract inquiry

Press release - Wednesday | 25 November 2020

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly has asked the Commission to improve its guidelines for assessing bidders for contracts related to public policy after it awarded a study contract to BlackRock Investment Management in an area of financial and regulatory interest to the company. Ms O’Reilly also asked the Commission to consider strengthening the conflict of interest provisions in the Financial Regu...

Ombudsman launches ‘Award for Good Administration 2021’

Press release - Thursday | 12 November 2020

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, invites nominations for the third biennial ‘Award for Good Administration’ in the EU institutions. Nominations for the award – to be submitted by end January 2021 – can be made by EU staff, or by businesses, associations or civil society groups. The nominated work should have a visible and positive impact on the lives of EU citizens. “The devastating effects...

EU can be global leader for transparent and ethical public administration

Press release - Monday | 26 October 2020

The European Union can and must become a global leader in open, transparent and ethical public administration, according to the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly. Speaking at an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Office, Ms O’Reilly said: “The pandemic has forcefully reminded us of the vital need for excellent public services and for the creation of maximum public trust in their admin...