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Summary of the decision in case 758/2017/MDC on Frontex’s allegedly discriminatory language policy

Tuesday | 02 April 2019

The case concerned an Italian citizen’s request to obtain an Italian language version of a document from the European Border and Coastguard Agency (Frontex). The Ombudsman’s inquiry focused on Frontex’s language policy in its external communications. The Ombudsman recommended that Frontex make general information about the Agency available on its website in all the EU languages. She also recommend...

Summary of the Decision in case 1579/2018/KR on a request to review Commission Decisions authorising the import of three types of genetically modified soybeans

Monday | 25 March 2019

This complaint concerns the European Commission’s decisions to authorise the importation of products containing, consisting of or produced from three genetically modified soybeans. The complainant was of the view that the Commission wrongly authorised the importation. The arguments it presented to the Ombudsman were scientific in nature. Given the Ombudsman’s limited role in reviewing decisions in...

Summary of the decision in case 1485/2018/MH on how the European Commission dealt with the complainant’s question about EU funding to Hungary

Monday | 25 March 2019

The complainant wrote to the European Commission asking it to take a position on whether there is a legal basis for it to suspend EU funding to Hungary. He complained to the European Ombudsman because the Commission had not addressed this specific question in its replies to him. The Ombudsman asked the Commission to reply to the complainant’s question. In its reply, the Commission described in det...

Summary of the decision in case 1276/2018/FP on the European Commission’s alleged failure to disclose the names of the national authorities participating in the High-Level Expert Group on Information System and Interoperability

Wednesday | 20 March 2019

The case concerned a request for access to documents by a complainant who wanted the Commission to provide him with the names of the national authorities that participated in the High-Level Expert Group on Information System and Interoperability. In response to the complainant’s request, the Commission initially stated that it was not in possession of this information, and that the relevant rules ...

Summary of the decision in case 1474/2018/TE on alleged shortcomings and biases in the European Commission’s preparation of its policy and legislative proposal on the reduction of single-use plastic products

Friday | 22 March 2019

In May 2018, the European Commission adopted its legislative proposal for a Single Use Plastics Directive. The proposal sets out EU-wide rules targeting the ten single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas. The proposed rules include a ban on certain single-use plastic products, including food and beverage service products. The complaint concerned a possible conflict o...

Summary of the decision in case 21/2016/JAP on the Council of the EU’s failure to grant access to legal opinions on proposals for Regulations on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and on the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (EUROJUST)

Thursday | 07 March 2019

The case concerned the refusal of the Council of the European Union to grant full access to legal opinions on the legislative proposals for Regulations on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) and on the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (EUROJUST). In the course of the Ombudsman’s inquiry, the Council agreed to disclose two of the four documents,...

Summary of the decision in case 2034/2018/MIG on how the European Commission dealt with a request to approve a food decontaminant

Monday | 04 March 2019

Food ‘decontaminants’ can be used in the EU only if the European Commission authorises their use. The complainant, a producer of food decontaminants, asked the Commission to authorise its product. The Commission did not approve the request. Dissatisfied with this decision, the applicant turned to the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman found that the Commission had dealt properly with the complainant’s appli...

Summary of the decision in case 2104/2018/MH on how the European Commission dealt with concerns about the employment law applicable to cabin crew

Wednesday | 27 February 2019

The complainant is a Spanish trade union. European trade unions wrote to the European Commission calling on it to take appropriate action about their concerns relating to the failure of some Member States to apply local employment laws to cabin crew in the airline sector. The complainant turned to the Ombudsman because it was not satisfied with the Commission’s response. The Ombudsman found that t...

Decision in case 476/2018/EA on the information made available by the European Commission about an ‘expert group’ on defence research

Friday | 22 February 2019

The case concerned the information made available by the European Commission about the As-If Programme Committee for Defence Research, which advises the Commission on defence research. The complainant contended that the information on the Commission’s register of ‘expert groups’ was not up-to-date. The Ombudsman found that the Commission had updated the register by adding the agendas and minutes o...

Summary of the decision in case 1830/2017/SRS on how the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) selects external experts to provide scientific advice

Friday | 08 February 2019

This case concerned how the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) selected experts to take part in a working group, which drafted an opinion on the use of non-human primates in research. The complainant argued that the procedure to select the experts was not transparent and that the Commission had not ensured a plurality of views within ...