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Strategic initiatives

The Ombudsman can address potential systemic problems with the EU’s administration without necessarily opening an inquiry, such as by seeking clarifications about or raising an issue directly with the institution concerned.

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Improving the European Parliament’s ethics and transparency framework

Strategic Initiative SI/1/2023/MIK - Latest document added: Case description - Monday | 30 January 2023

In response to allegations of corruption by current and former members of the European Parliament, the Parliament's President set out draft proposals to improve the oversight and enforcement of the Parliament’s ethics rules. Following this, the European Ombudsman wrote to the Parliament's president, welcoming her initiative and sharing some observations on how to further improve the Parliaments et...

How the European Commission ensures that there are no conflicts of interest with external experts involved in evaluating project proposals under the European Defence Fund

Strategic Initiative SI/6/2022/KR - Latest document added: Case description - Tuesday | 13 December 2022

The Ombudsman opened an initiative to look into how the European Commission ensures that external experts involved evaluating project proposals under the European Defence Fund do not evaluate, advise or assist on matters that could give rise to conflicts of interest. According to the applicable legislation, the Commission should have a system in place to this end. The Ombudsman wrote to the Commis...

How the European Commission ensures transparency and balanced interest representation under the Common Agricultural Policy

Strategic Initiative SI/2/2022/LDS - Latest document added: Correspondence - Friday | 09 December 2022

In the context of reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), concerns have been raised about the influence of certain interest groups and the transparency of how the CAP is implemented. With a view to assessing how the European Commission was planning to address in the implementation of the new CAP rules from 2023 on, the Ombudsman carried out a strategic initiative. In particular, the i...

The information provided by the European Commission to unsuccessful bids in the context of calls for tenders and proposals

Strategic Initiative SI/1/2022/LM - Latest document added: Case description - Wednesday | 12 October 2022

The Ombudsman wrote to the European Commission to draw attention to the information it provides to unsuccessful tenderers in the context of calls for tenders. In particular, the Ombudsman is seeking to draw the Commission's attention to the need to provide accurate information on how unsuccessful tenderers can appeal or seek redress, to avoid creating false expectations and prevent potential reput...

The transparency and accountability of the Recovery and Resilience Facility

Strategic Initiative SI/6/2021/LDS - Latest document added: Correspondence - Friday | 07 October 2022

The Ombudsman has opened an initiative into transparency and accountability in the implementation of the EU's Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The Ombudsman has written to the European Commission and asked it to reply to a set of questions concerning the transparency and accountability mechanism it has put in place in the context of the RRF.

Ombudsman holds public consultation on transparency in EU environmental decision making

Strategic Initiative SI/5/2022/KR - Latest document added: Case description - Thursday | 08 September 2022

The Ombudsman has launched a public consultation to assess the transparency and public participation in EU environmental decision making. The aim is to evaluate whether citizens have access to up-to-date information in an area of high public interest. The consultation is available in all 24 of the EU’s official languages and runs until 15/12/2022. Find more background information on this issue her...

How EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies record text and instant messages sent/received by staff members in their professional capacity

Strategic Initiative SI/4/2021/MIG - Latest document added: Correspondence - Wednesday | 20 July 2022

The European Ombudsman has launched a strategic initiative into how EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies record text and instant messages sent/received by staff members in their professional capacity. The initiative aims to take stock of the current rules and practices on record keeping concerning these messages, with a view to identifying good practices within the EU administration. The ...

How the European Commission ensures respect for human rights in the context of international trade agreements

Strategic Initiative SI/5/2021/VS - Latest document added: Correspondence - Tuesday | 19 July 2022

The Ombudsman has opened an initiative to assess how the European Commission ensures respect for human rights in the context of EU trade policy. The initiative aims to examine the use of so-called ‘human rights clauses’ in international trade agreements signed by the EU, as well as to look at how human rights are dealt with once trade agreements have entered into force. Based on the findings over ...

How the EU Asylum Agency complies with its fundamental rights obligations and ensures accountability for potential fundamental rights violations

Strategic Initiative SI/4/2022/MHZ - Latest document added: Case description - Wednesday | 13 July 2022

The Ombudsman launched an initiative to look into how the European Union Asylum Agency complies with its fundamental rights obligations and ensures accountability for potential fundamental rights violations. The Asylum Agency replaced the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in January 2022, taking on expanded mandate, as set out in its founding regulation. In the context of this new mandate, the...

How the Council of the EU ensures transparency of the decision making concerning sanctions against Russia

Strategic Initiative SI/3/2022/LDS - Latest document added: Correspondence - Wednesday | 06 July 2022

The Ombudsman has launched an initiative looking into the transparency of the decision making by the Council of the EU concerning sanctions in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Ombudsman has sent a letter to the Council asking it to consider whether there are any additional documents which could be made proactively available to the public.