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Recommendation of the European Ombudsman in case OI/2/2017/TE on the Transparency of the Council legislative process

Friday | 09 February 2018

Made in accordance with Article 3(6) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1] EU citizens have a treaty-based right to participate in the democratic life of the Union. Citizens cannot properly exercise this right unless the EU legislative process is sufficiently open to allow citizens to participate and also to hold their elected representatives accountable. Increased accountability regarding t...

Recommendation of the European Ombudsman in her strategic inquiry OI/4/2016/EA against the European Commission on whether the treatment of persons with disabilities under the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme complies with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Monday | 16 July 2018

Made in accordance with Article 3(6) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1] EU staff members and their families are covered by a sickness insurance scheme, known as the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (‘JSIS’). In October 2015, following a review conducted under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (‘UNCRPD’), the UN Committee recommended that the European Union should...

Recommendation of the European Ombudsman in her strategic inquiry OI/6/2014/NF concerning the composition of Commission expert groups

Friday | 29 January 2016

Made in accordance with Article 3(6) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1] Abstract The EU has the responsibility and challenge of proposing and agreeing policy and legislation which affects over 500 million Europeans. The development of policy, including policy that gives rise to proposals for new EU legislation, is one of the main tasks of the European Commission. While the Commission reli...

Draft recommendations of the European Ombudsman in own-initiative inquiry OI/8/2013/OV concerning the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME ) Made in accordance with Article 3(6) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman

Friday | 17 October 2014

The background to the own-initiative inquiry 1. When dealing with a complaint against the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) concerning a request for review of a proposal submitted in response to Call for proposals 'CIP-EIP-Eco-Innovation-2012', the Ombudsman became aware that the EACI does not have in place a review procedure to which applicants whose projects have been re...

Draft recommendation of the European Ombudsman in his own-initiative inquiry OI/5/2012/BEH-MHZ concerning the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex)

Tuesday | 09 April 2013

The background to the own-initiative inquiry 1. Article 228 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union empowers the European Ombudsman to conduct inquiries on his own initiative into the activities of the Union institutions, bodies, offices or agencies. 2. On 1 December 2009, by virtue of the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU became l...

Draft recommendation of the European Ombudsman in his own-initiative inquiry OI/2/2011/OV against the European Commission

Wednesday | 28 March 2012

Made in accordance with Article 3(6) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1] The background to the complaint 1. On 5 September 2007, the Commission launched its "EU Pilot" Project via its Communication entitled A Europe of Results - Applying Community Law[2]. The EU Pilot Project introduced a novel way of dealing with complaints concerning alleged infringements of EU law. In this framework, th...

Draft recommendation of the European Ombudsman in his own-initiative inquiry OI/4/2009/PB concerning the European Commission

Tuesday | 03 November 2009

Made in accordance with Article 3(6) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1] The background to the inquiry This inquiry concerns the protection of the rights of defence when the European Commission recovers sums overpaid to members of its present or former staff. Article 85 of the Staff Regulations provides as follows: "Any sum overpaid shall be recovered if the recipient was aware that there ...

Draft recommendation of the European Ombudsman in his own-initiative inquiry into case OI/3/2008/FOR against the European Commission

Wednesday | 29 October 2008

Made in accordance with Article 3(6) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1] The background to the own-initiative inquiry 1. The European Commission's Early Warning System ('EWS') is a computerised information system operated by the European Commission which seeks to identify "threats" to the EU's financial interests and reputation[2]. For example, the EWS allows Commission staff involved in t...

Draft recommendation of the European Ombudsman in his own-initiative inquiry OI/6/2007/MHZ concerning the European Commission

Monday | 17 December 2007

(Made in accordance with Article 3(6) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman[1]) THE BACKGROUND TO THE OWN-INITIATIVE INQUIRY 1. Article 195 of the Treaty establishing the European Community empowers the European Ombudsman to conduct inquiries, on his own-initiative, in relation to possible instances of maladministration in the activities of Community institutions and bodies. 2. The present own-...

Draft recommendation to the European Personnel Selection Office concerning own-initiative inquiry OI/5/2005/PB on transparency in EU recruitment procedures

Monday | 10 October 2005

(Made in accordance with Article 3 (6) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman(1)) SUMMARY In 2005, the European Ombudsman opened an own initiative inquiry into issues concerning the transparency of EU recruitment procedures organised by the European Personnel Selection Office ('EPSO')(2). This is the second own initiative inquiry which the Ombudsman conducts on the issue of transparency in EU re...