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Decision on how the European Commission dealt with a request for public access to documents concerning an open competition conducted by the European Personnel Selection Office

Dear Mr X,

You submitted a complaint to the European Ombudsman concerning the refusal by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) to grant public access to documents related to a competition it organised and the Commission’s failure to adopt a confirmatory decision within the time limits set out in Article 8 of Regulation 1049/2001 (reference GestDem 2021/2254).

We informed the Commission of your complaint and asked it to adopt a confirmatory decision. The Commission has informed us that it adopted the confirmatory decision on 10 April 2022 and has sent it to you.

The case is therefore closed with the conclusion that it has been settled.

Having said this, we understand that the decision was transmitted to you via e-mail, but also via recorded delivery, and that the Commission has not yet received an acknowledgement of receipt. In case you did not receive the e-mails and/or you were not contacted for the delivery, please do not hesitate to inform the Commission. 

Please note that this inquiry concerned exclusively the Commission’s failure to reply to your confirmatory decision. If you are dissatisfied with the substance of the reply, you can lodge a new complaint with the Ombudsman. There is no need to resubmit the documents already included in your file. A reference to the present complaint number will suffice.

Yours sincerely,

Rosita Hickey

Director of inquiries

Strasbourg, 20/05/2022