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The European Commission's refusal to give public access to the 'pillar assessment' of an international organisation that is implementing EU funds in the area of migration

Inquiry 1731/2022/MIG - Latest document added: Case description - Friday | 30 September 2022

The complainant is a journalist who asked the European Commission to grant public access to documents related to the 'pillar assessment' of an international organisation that is implementing EU funds in the area of migration. Pillar assessments of international organisations implementing EU funds essentially vet the internal rules and procedures of those organisations, with a view to protecting th...

How the European Commission dealt with a request for public access to documents concerning sanctions against Russia

Inquiry 1288/2022/SF - Latest document added: Correspondence - Wednesday | 28 September 2022

The complainant asked the European Commission to grant public access to documents concerning sanctions against Russia. The Commission failed to take a final decision on the complainant's request within the applicable timeframe. The Ombudsman opened an inquiry and asked the Commission to take a final decision on the request without further delay. As the Commission still failed to take a decision, t...

The refusal by the European Data Protection Board to grant full public access to draft versions of its statement on international agreements including transfers

Inquiry 1698/2022/FA - Latest document added: Case description - Tuesday | 27 September 2022

The complainant asked the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) for public access to documents concerning its statement on international agreements including data transfers. Following a separate Ombudsman inquiry, the EDPB identified additional documents as falling under the complainant's request, however it refused access to these documents. In doing so, it invoked an exception provided for in th...

How the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) handled a complaint concerning the rights of migrants in 'debriefing' interviews

Inquiry 1452/2022/MHZ - Latest document added: Case description - Friday | 23 September 2022

The complainant is concerned with how representatives of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) carry out interviews of migrants (so-called debriefing) being held by national border authorities. The complainant contends that debriefing interviews undermine human rights and raised these concerns with Frontex, but was dissatisfied with how Frontex dealt with its concerns. The Ombudsman...

The time taken by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) to deal with requests for public access to documents

Inquiry OI/4/2022/PB - Latest document added: Correspondence - Tuesday | 20 September 2022

The Ombudsman opened an own-initiative inquiry to look into how the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) deals with requests for public access to documents. The inquiry stemmed from information raised in a complaint to the Ombudsman about systematic delays and other issues in how Frontex handles public access requests. As a first step, the Ombudsman asked Frontex to reply to questions ...

How the European Commission prepared EU rules defining the ‘taxonomy’ classification for sustainable investments

Inquiry 1459/2022/VB - Latest document added: Case description - Monday | 19 September 2022

The complainants, members of the European Parliament (MEPs), were concerned about how the European Commission prepared EU rules defining what economic activities are classified as environmentally sustainable for the purposes of investment, the so-called ‘taxonomy’. According to the overarching legislation (the Taxonomy Regulation), the Commission was to adopt a list of such activities by means of ...

The European Central Bank’s (ECB) refusal to grant public access to documents concerning contingency and preparedness measures related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Inquiry 1327/2022/SF - Latest document added: Decision - Wednesday | 14 September 2022

The complainant asked the European Central Bank’s (ECB) to grant public access to documents concerning contingency and preparedness measures related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The ECB identified two documents falling under the scope of the request but refused access to both documents. In doing so, it referred to exceptions set out in its rules on public access to documents, arguing that d...

How the European Central Bank (ECB) deals with ‘revolving door’ cases

Inquiry OI/1/2022/KR - Latest document added: Correspondence - Tuesday | 13 September 2022

The Ombudsman has opened an own-initiative inquiry to look into how the European Central Bank (ECB) deals with 'revolving door' cases, whereby members of its staff take up employment in the private sector. The inquiry will also assess how the ECB handled the request by a 'senior economist' to take up employment with a US investment bank. The former ECB staff member’s new job relates to his previou...

The time taken by the European Commission to deal with requests for public access to documents

Inquiry OI/2/2022/MIG - Latest document added: Correspondence - Tuesday | 13 September 2022

The Ombudsman opened an own-initiative inquiry to looking into how the European Commission deals with requests for public access to documents. In particular, the inquiry is aiming to assess how the Commission complies with the time limits for dealing with requests, which are set out in the EU legislation on public access to documents (Regulation 1049/2001). The Ombudsman asked the Commission to re...

Ombudsman holds public consultation on transparency in EU environmental decision making

Inquiry SI/5/2022/KR - Latest document added: Case description - Thursday | 08 September 2022

The Ombudsman has launched a public consultation to assess the transparency and public participation in EU environmental decision making. The aim is to evaluate whether citizens have access to up-to-date information in an area of high public interest. The consultation is available in all 24 of the EU’s official languages and runs until 15/12/2022. Find more background information on this issue her...