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How the European Medicines Agency engages with medicine producers before they apply for authorisations to market their medicines in the EU - Invitation to comment within the European Ombudsman’s inquiry OI/7/2017/KR

Monday | 08 October 2018

This consultation is now closed. The Ombudsman invites all interested parties, be it individuals or organisations from the public, private or voluntary sectors, to put forward their views on this issue by replying to the questions below. Background In 2017, the European Ombudsman opened[1] an inquiry (OI/7/2017/KR) into the arrangements that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has in place for eng...

Public consultation - The use of languages in the EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies

Monday | 23 July 2018

Public consultation - The use of languages in the EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies[1] Background Language is the essential component in how we communicate. The European Union - with 28 Member States, 24 official languages and more than 500 million citizens - is committed to respecting and safeguarding linguistic diversity, as part of our cultural heritage. This commitment is specifica...

European Ombudsman - Public consultation - Transparency of legislative work within Council preparatory bodies

Friday | 10 March 2017

Background European Union citizens have a right to participate in the democratic life of the Union, and decisions must be taken as openly as possible. On 10 March 2017, the European Ombudsman opened a strategic inquiry focusing on the transparency of legislative discussions in the preparatory bodies of the Council of the EU, one of the EU’s two legislative bodies. The inquiry is not concerned with...

Invitation to comment on the Ombudsman’s draft ‘Practical guidelines for public officials’ interaction with interest representatives’.

Thursday | 01 December 2016

To do their job well, public officials need to interact with many individuals and organisations representing a range of interests. This allows them to inform themselves of the real world consequences of the policy and legislation they draw up and help implement. But public officials must take care to ensure that welcome input from interest groups does not become undue influence. In an effort to as...

European Ombudsman public consultation on the transparency of trilogues

Thursday | 10 December 2015

Background On 26 May 2015, the European Ombudsman opened a strategic inquiry into the transparency of trilogues. Trilogues are informal negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission aimed at reaching agreement on legislative proposals[1]. The Commission proposes the initial legislation to the two co-legislators. Invitation to submit com...

European Ombudsman launches public consultation in relation to the transparency of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations

Friday | 19 September 2014

This consultation is now closed. Background On 29 July 2014, the European Ombudsman opened an own-initiative inquiry towards the European Commission concerning transparency and public participation in relation to the TTIP negotiations (OI/10/2014/RA). The present public consultation concerns that inquiry[1]. The outcome of the TTIP negotiations could have a significant impact on the lives of citiz...

Invitation to comment on the Ombudsman's draft internal rules on whistleblowing

Thursday | 24 July 2014

EU institutions are, since 1 January 2014, obliged to lay down internal rules covering, in particular, the protection of whistleblowers. The European Ombudsman has drawn up draft internal rules, following consultation with staff. With a view to drawing on other's experience and knowledge in this area, the Ombudsman is now inviting comments from interested third parties on the draft rules. A final ...

European Ombudsman launches public consultation concerning the composition of European Commission expert groups

Wednesday | 14 May 2014

Background On 19 December 2013, the Ombudsman closed her inquiry into complaint 1682/2010/BEH concerning, among other things, the issue of the balanced composition of Commission expert groups[1]. It emerges from the Ombudsman's inquiry, the reports of civil society organisations, and the exchanges in the framework of the informal dialogue on expert groups between the Commission and certain Members...

Public consultation on the draft statement of public service principles for EU civil servants

Thursday | 24 February 2011

24 February 2011 This public consultation has now closed. Introduction The European Ombudsman investigates complaints about maladministration in the activities of the EU institutions[1]. His experience of dealing with complaints and his contacts with the institutions and their staff, with citizens, and with civil society organisations, have led him to conclude that civil servants and the public wo...

European Ombudsman invites observations from the public concerning his own-initiative inquiry into the problem of late payment by the European Commission

Tuesday | 12 January 2010

Background Since his office was set up in 1995, the European Ombudsman has received numerous complaints about late payment by Union institutions and bodies. In 1999, the Ombudsman decided to launch an own-initiative inquiry ("OII") as regards the problem of late payment by the European Commission, which administers most of the payments made by the EU. After having given interested parties the poss...