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Beyond inquiries into specific complaints about maladministration in the EU institutions, the European Ombudsman also has the power to proactively work on broader strategic issues. The Ombudsman carries out strategic investigations on her own initiative, which aim to draw attention to matters of public interest and look into wider systemic issues affecting the EU institutions and the democratic decision-making process.

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How the European Defence Agency (EDA) handled the application by its former Chief Executive to take on senior positions at Airbus

Strategic Inquiry OI/3/2021/KR - Latest document added: Correspondence - Wednesday | 27 October 2021

The Ombudsman conducted an inquiry on her own initiative into the decision of the European Defence Authority (EDA) to allow its former Chief Executive to take up two senior positions with Airbus, an aerospace company. The Ombudsman’s inquiry also looked into how the EDA dealt with the fact that the former Chief Executive took up his new positions before the EDA had authorised him to do so, which i...

Strategic inquiry OI/2/2021/MMO into how the European Commission monitors EU Funds used to promote the right of persons with disabilities and older persons to independent living

Strategic Inquiry OI/2/2021/VS - Latest document added: Correspondence - Monday | 25 October 2021

The Ombudsman opened an own-initiative inquiry to look into how the European Commission monitors that European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds are used to promote the right of persons with disabilities and older persons to independent living. As a signatory of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the EU is committed to promoting the right to independent liv...

How the European Commission manages ‘revolving doors’ moves of its staff members

Strategic Inquiry OI/1/2021/KR - Latest document added: Case description - Tuesday | 19 October 2021

As a follow-up to her previous inquiry on how the European Commission manages ‘revolving doors’, the Ombudsman has launched an own-initiative inquiry into how the Commission handles revolving doors situations of staff members who apply to take up an outside activity while on unpaid leave on personal grounds, and (senior) staff members who apply for approval to take up an activity after leaving the...

How the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control gathered and assessed information during the COVID-19 crisis

Strategic Inquiry OI/3/2020/TE - Latest document added: Correspondence - Wednesday | 08 September 2021

In the context of wider strategic work on the response of the EU administration during the COVID-19 crisis, the Ombudsman has also been examining the work of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). This included a particular focus on how the ECDC has been gathering and assessing the data that underpins its work. The Ombudsman's inquiry highlighted shortcomings in how the dat...

Transparency of decision making in the Council of the EU during the COVID-19 crisis

Strategic Inquiry OI/4/2020/TE - Latest document added: Correspondence - Wednesday | 07 July 2021

In the context of wider strategic work on the response of the EU administration during the COVID-19 crisis, the Ombudsman examined the work of the Council of the EU. In particular, the Ombudsman assessed the decision by the Council to derogate, temporarily, from its Rules of Procedure during the crisis, and the implications this has had for its decision-making process and the transparency thereof....

How the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) deals with complaints about alleged fundamental rights breaches through its 'Complaints Mechanism'

Strategic Inquiry OI/5/2020/MHZ - Latest document added: Decision - Thursday | 17 June 2021

The Ombudsman opened an inquiry on her own initiative to look into how the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) deals with alleged breaches of fundamental rights through its ‘complainants mechanism’, and to address the role and independence of Frontex’s Fundamental Rights Officer in this regard. The inquiry uncovered delays by Frontex in implementing its new obligations concerning the ...

How the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) complies with its fundamental rights obligations

Strategic Inquiry OI/4/2021/MHZ - Latest document added: Correspondence - Tuesday | 11 May 2021

The Ombudsman has opened an own-initiative inquiry to look into how the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) complies with its fundamental rights obligations and ensures accountability in relation to its new enhanced responsibilities. The inquiry will seek to clarify matters relating to the accountability of Frontex 'joint operations', activities related to 'returns' of migrants and to...

Eurogroup agrees to increased transparency

Strategic Inquiry OI/1/2019/MIG - Latest document added: Decision - Thursday | 05 December 2019

2 December 2019 - Euro area Member States have improved public access to decision making following a request by the Ombudsman to Eurogroup President Mário Centeno. Under the changes, the draft agendas of the Eurogroup meetings will be published earlier in advance than previously and the letter summarising the meetings will be more detailed. Also, the dates of the Euro Working Group meetings will b...

Transparency of the bodies involved in preparing Eurogroup meetings

Strategic Inquiry OI/1/2019/MIG - Latest document added: Decision - Thursday | 05 December 2019

Transparency of the bodies involved in preparing Eurogroup meetings.

The Commission's management of ‘revolving doors’ situations concerning EU staff

Strategic Inquiry OI/3/2017/NF - Latest document added: Correspondence - Friday | 29 November 2019

The Ombudsman has opened a follow-up inquiry on the Commission's management of ‘revolving doors’ situations concerning EU staff