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How the European Commission dealt with a request for public access to documents concerning the negotiations for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines

Inquiry 2206/2021/MIG - Latest document added: Case description - Friday | 28 January 2022

The complainant, a civil society organisation, sought public access from the European Commission to documents concerning negotiations with pharmaceutical companies on the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines. Following a previous Ombudsman inquiry, the Commission began reviewing more of the documents covered by the request but granted access to only parts of those documents it reviewed. The complainan...

The European Data Protection Board’s refusal to grant public access to documents concerning international data transfers

Inquiry 201/2022/AMF - Latest document added: Case description - Friday | 28 January 2022

The complainant asked the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) to grant public access to all documents (including preparatory documents) concerning different EDPB statements and guidelines on international data transfers. The EDPB identified over 100 documents as falling under the request and granted full access to certain documents and parts others. In refusing access to the rest (the majority o...

The European External Action Service's (EEAS) refusal to grant public access to documents concerning the European Peace Facility

Inquiry 124/2022/NH - Latest document added: Case description - Monday | 24 January 2022

The complainant asked the European External Action Service (EEAS) to grant public access to the 'Integrated Methodological Framework' for assistance measures under the European Peace Facility, which is the funding programme for external actions that have military or defence implications. The Framework sets out guiding principles and possible concerns to be addressed when assisting partners in the ...

The European Commission's refusal to give full public access to documents concerning statistical data from Spain on active substances used in pesticides

Inquiry 1170/2021/OAM - Latest document added: Correspondence - Friday | 21 January 2022

The complainant sought public access from the European Commission to documents concerning statistical data, reported by the Spanish authorities, on active substances in pesticides. The Commission granted access to only parts of the four documents it identified as falling under the request. It refused access to the rest, invoking exceptions under the EU's rules on public access to documents and sta...

The European Economic and Social Committee's (EESC) refusal to give full public access to a document concerning expenses claimed by its members

Inquiry 2007/2021/OAM - Latest document added: Correspondence - Friday | 21 January 2022

The complainant asked the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) for public access to a list of expenses related to attendance to meetings, including the names of the members concerned. The EESC refused to disclose the names of the members, invoking an exception under the EU's rules on public access to documents for protecting personal data. The Ombudsman opened an inquiry and asked the EES...

How the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) dealt with a request for public access to documents it disclosed following previous access to document requests

Inquiry 4/2022/SF - Latest document added: Case description - Wednesday | 19 January 2022

The complainant, a journalist, asked the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) to grant public access to documents concerning all access to documents it had dealt with in defined time periods. Frontex informed the complainant that, due to the complexity and amount of documents covered by the request, it would not be able to deal with the request within the deadline set out in the EU's r...

How the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) complies with its fundamental rights obligations and ensures accountability in relation to its enhanced responsibilities

Inquiry OI/4/2021/MHZ - Latest document added: Decision - Wednesday | 19 January 2022

The Ombudsman carried out 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 sought to clarify matters relating to the accountability of Frontex 'joint operations', notably with regard to activities related to 'return...

The European External Action Service's (EEAS) refusal to grant public access to documents related to EU funding provided to Palestinian civil society organisations

Inquiry 29/2022/TM - Latest document added: Case description - Monday | 10 January 2022

The complainant asked the European External Action Service (EEAS) to grant him public access to briefings concerning funding for civil society organisations in Palestine, which were drawn up for the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The EEAS denied access, invoking an exception provided for under the EU's rules on public access to documents and arguing that disclosure...

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

Inquiry SI/5/2021/VS - Latest document added: Correspondence - Wednesday | 05 January 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. As a first step, the Ombuds...

How the ceramic tiles sector was assessed in the context of the European Commission’s revision of the 'State Aid Guidelines' for the EU's Emissions Trading

Inquiry 964/2021/SF - Latest document added: Case description - Tuesday | 21 December 2021

The complainant was concerned with how the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of the ceramic tile and flag sector was assessed in the context of the European Commission’s revision of the 'State Aid Guidelines' for the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme. The complainant was also unhappy that the Commission failed to disclose related documents for which it had made a request for public access. As the m...