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Annual Report We have just launched our Annual Report for 2017. Concerns about #transparency in the EU administration accounted for the biggest proportion of our cases, while the year saw a rise in the number of complaints. More details on country statistics, action taken and results of inquiries can be found in the detailed report available here: http://europa.eu/!MT39vC
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[Press Release] Emily O'Reilly has for only the second time during her mandate sent a Special Report to the European Parliament, on her inquiry to improve the accountability of the Council’s legislative work.
The Ombudsman issued a number of Recommendations to the Council of the EU in February, following a year long inquiry. The Council however failed to respond to the Recommendations by the legal three-month deadline on 9 May, and so given its importance for the democratic legitimacy of the EU, the Ombudsman decided to call now on Parliament’s support europa.eu/!Bw66QY #euombudsman #accountability #eucouncil
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Press Release] *Ombudsman asks Commission to reassess Barroso appointment*After a year-long inquiry based on three separate complaints, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has asked that former Commission President Barroso’s employment with Goldman Sachs Bank be reassessed by its Ethics Committee in relation to its compatibility with the relevant Treaty obligations europa.eu/!cp48ru
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[Press Release] Ombudsman launches ‘fast-track’ complaint procedure for access to documents
We have introduced a new fast-track procedure to deal with access to documents complaints. Under the new system we will be able to take a decision within two months of receiving the complaint. Have a look at how it all work here: http://europa.eu/!fN66Rh #euombudsman #transparency #accesstodocuments
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[PRESSRELEASE] Ombudsman says Member States must open up their opaque negotiations on EU laws
Following a detailed inquiry, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has found that the Council of the EU - through practices that inhibit the scrutiny of draft EU legislation - undermines citizens’ right to hold their elected representatives to account. This constitutes maladministration.The Ombudsman specifically criticises the Council’s failure systematically to record the identity of Member States’ taking positions during discussions on draft legislation, and the widespread practice of disproportionately marking documents as not for circulation, or “LIMITE”.The approach falls short of what is expected of the Council in terms of legislative transparency http://europa.eu/!md66Du #euombudsman #transparency #eucouncil
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Following a year-long complaint-based inquiry, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly,has recommended that ECB President Mario Draghi suspend his membership of the Group of 30 (G30) for the remainder of his term in office in order to protect the Bank and its President from any perception that the Bank’s independence could be compromised. The Ombudsman has also recommended that future presidents of the ECB do not become members of the G30 http://europa.eu/!hx39Dd #euombudsman #ecb #transparency
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[Press Release] The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, is asking European Council President Donald Tusk to consider publishing information about meetings he and his cabinet hold with interest representatives.While such meetings are essential to his role, Ms O’Reilly has also suggested that any such meetings should only be with registered lobbyists, if they fall under the scope of the EU Transparency Register.
http://europa.eu/!vK37fT #euombudsman #transparency #transparencyregister #eucouncil
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[DECISION] The Ombudsman closes her inquiry on the composition and transparency of the Commission's expert groups after the a reform of the expert group system has been achieved and she will continue to monitor the Commission’s implementation of these reforms. This strategic inquiry concerned one important aspect of the Commission’s reliance on external sources of expertise, namely its system of expert groups. In 2016, in the course of this Ombudsman inquiry and following calls from the European Parliament and civil society, the Commission reformed its expert group system. It issued a Commission Decision with revised rules governing the functioning and work of its expert groups. With its reform, the Commission has significantly overhauled its expert group rules and has put in place a more robust and transparent system. The new rules are largely in line with the Ombudsman’s suggestions.https://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/cases/decision.faces/en/86030/html.bookmark
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Our event: 'EU Agencies- How to manage the risk of repetitional damage', starting at 10:00 will be web streamed here: https://lnkd.in/eJZVizz. You can also follow the debate on Twitter: #EOdebate17
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[PRESS RELEASE] Ombudsman launches public consultation on Council transparency
The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has as part of an ongoing inquiry invited feedback from the public, civil society, national parliaments, and others on how the Council of the EU can make its law-making work more transparent.
This consultation asks nine questions including what measures the Council could take to make legislative documents easier to find; what difficulties are faced in trying to obtain documents linked to Council preparatory bodies; and how important is it to know the individual positions of Member States.
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