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The European Commission’s refusal to give full public access to documents related to the German plan under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF)

Inquiry 137/2023/SF - Latest document added: Case description - Tuesday | 31 January 2023

The complainant, a journalist, asked the European Commission to grant public access to documents from 2020 and 2021 concerning the evaluation the German plan under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The Commission granted public access to parts of the documents it identified as falling within the scope of the request, however it redacted certain information, which it considered falls outs...

How the European Commission responded to concerns that it collects insufficient information about Ireland's implementation of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Inquiry 97/2022/PB - Latest document added: Correspondence - Monday | 30 January 2023

The complainant, a civil society organisation, raised concerns about how the European Commission is monitoring the application of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Ireland, in particular that the Commission does not gather sufficient information to effectively monitor the situation. This is particularly important as many of ‘big tech’ companies have their EU headquarters in Ire...

Improving the European Parliament’s ethics and transparency framework

Inquiry SI/1/2023/MIK - Latest document added: Case description - Monday | 30 January 2023

In response to allegations of corruption by current and former members of the European Parliament, the Parliament's President set out draft proposals to improve the oversight and enforcement of the Parliament’s ethics rules. Following this, the European Ombudsman wrote to the Parliament's president, welcoming her initiative and sharing some observations on how to further improve the Parliaments et...

The European Defence Agency's (EDA) refusal to give public access to the minutes of meetings of its 'expert groups'

Inquiry 1272/2022/KR - Latest document added: Correspondence - Friday | 27 January 2023

The complainant asked the European Defence Agency (EDA) to grant public access to the minutes of meetings of its 'expert groups'. In its reply, the EDA provided a link to information that it has made public on its work. It furthermore indicated it had identified a number of documents as falling under the scope of the request, to which it refused access. In doing so, it invoked exceptions set out u...

The European Commission's refusal to give full public access to declarations of interests by the members of its Regulatory Scrutiny Board

Inquiry 74/2023/MIK - Latest document added: Case description - Thursday | 19 January 2023

The complainant, a journalist, asked the European Commission to grant public access to all declarations of interests of current and past members of its Regulatory Scrutiny Board, which is an independent body that provides advice to the College of Commissioners. The Commission provided access to parts of six such declarations, but redacted information the potential conflicts of interest identified ...

How the European Investment Bank (EIB) handled the move of a former Vice-President to an energy utilities company that had received EIB loans

Inquiry 1016/2021/KR - Latest document added: Correspondence - Thursday | 19 January 2023

The complainants were concerned about how the European Investment Bank (EIB) handled the application by a former vice-president to take up a position in an energy and utilities company within three months of leaving office. The company in question is a beneficiary of EIB loans. The complainants raised concerns about risks of conflicts of interest, and the measures proposed by the EIB to mitigate t...

The European Parliament's refusal to give public access to a document concerning its financial contribution to a voluntary pension fund for MEPs

Inquiry 53/2023/NK - Latest document added: Case description - Tuesday | 17 January 2023

The complainant, a journalist, asked the European Parliament to grant public access to information on its financial contribution to a voluntary pension fund availed of by some Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). The Parliament identified a 2022 management report as falling under the scope of the request but refused access. In doing so, the Parliament invoked an exception under the EU legisl...

How the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) deals with requests for public access to documents, in particular how it communicates with those requesting access

Inquiry 1261/2020/PB - Latest document added: Correspondence - Tuesday | 03 January 2023

The complainants raised a series of concerns with how the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) deals with requests for public access to documents, including difficulties with Frontex's dedicated online portal for access to document requests and conditions Frontex applies to documents that it discloses. Based on her inquiry, the Ombudsman proposed as a solution that Frontex should end i...

How the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) deals with requests for public access to documents, in particular how it communicates with those requesting access

Inquiry 1261/2020/PB - Latest document added: Correspondence - Tuesday | 03 January 2023

The complainants raised a series of concerns with how the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) deals with requests for public access to documents, including difficulties with Frontex's dedicated online portal for access to document requests and conditions Frontex applies to documents that it discloses. Based on her inquiry, the Ombudsman proposed as a solution that Frontex should end i...

How the European Commission ensures the transparency of the expert group on Medical Device Coordination

Inquiry 2132/2022/OAM - Latest document added: Case description - Wednesday | 21 December 2022

The complainant was concerned about how the European Commission ensures the transparency of the Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG), an ‘expert group’ providing advice on matters of policy related to medical devices. In particular, the complainant considered that the Commission does not make available to the public sufficient information and documents about the deliberations of the group. The...