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#Ombudsman triple investigation: Opaque national government EU decision-making

#Ombudsman triple investigation: Opaque national government EU decision-making

| May 15, 2019

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly is progressing three separate inquiries into the lack of transparency of decision-making of national governments at EU level. These inquires follow her 2017 inquiry into the Council legislative process aimed at increasing the accountability of national governments when discussing and agreeing EU laws. INQUIRY 1) New inquiry into how the EU handles Eurogroup documents and makes […]

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#Ombudsman commends EU record on #Brexit transparency

#Ombudsman commends EU record on #Brexit transparency

| February 12, 2019

Closing a two-year long initiative on the Brexit negotiations, European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly welcomed the generally high level of transparency, and urged the Commission and Council to maintain these standards in any future relationship negotiations. O’Reilly is due to meet the EU’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, this afternoon(12 February) in Strasbourg. Positive steps by the […]

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#Ombudsman calls for ‘blame Brussels’ culture to end

#Ombudsman calls for ‘blame Brussels’ culture to end

| January 18, 2019

European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, welcomes the European Parliament’s strong vote of support for her recommendations to improve the transparency and accountability of EU national governments’ legislative work in Brussels. “The lack of legislative transparency in the Council has allowed the ‘blame Brussels’ culture to endure for far too long. I hope today’s vote will help convince […]

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#Ombudsman suggests further #AntiHarassment measures for EU institutions

#Ombudsman suggests further #AntiHarassment measures for EU institutions

| December 21, 2018

The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has drawn up a list of good practices after reviewing the anti-harassment policies in 26 EU institutions and agencies. The practices cover awareness raising, workplace risk assessment, regular policy monitoring, mandatory training, swift procedures, and rehabilitation measures. “While the EU institutions generally have good anti-harassment policies, my report shows that […]

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EU watchdog raps #Juncker over aide’s move to top job

EU watchdog raps #Juncker over aide’s move to top job

| September 5, 2018

The EU executive under President Jean-Claude Juncker risked undermining public trust by failing to follow procedures when it appointed his chief aide to run the EU civil service, the European Ombudsman said on Tuesday (4 September), writes Alastair Macdonald.  The executive had also been overly secretive and was sometimes hostile to media questions about the […]

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Ethics of the Commission: Goldman Sachs lobbyist #JoséManuelBarroso must be strictly scrutinized

Ethics of the Commission: Goldman Sachs lobbyist #JoséManuelBarroso must be strictly scrutinized

| March 21, 2018

EU Ombudswoman Emily O’ Reilly (pictured) has published her recommendations to the EU-Commission to reopen the revolving door case of José Manuel Barroso. The former president of the Commission is currently employee of Goldman Sachs. He committed not to lobby the Commission, of which he is the former president, during a first review of his […]

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#Ombudsman asks Commission to reassess #Barroso appointment 

#Ombudsman asks Commission to reassess #Barroso appointment 

| March 19, 2018

After a year-long inquiry based on three separate complaints, the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has asked that former Commission President Barroso’s (pictured) employment with Goldman Sachs Bank be reassessed by its Ethics Committee in relation to its compatibility with the relevant Treaty obligations.  Ms O’Reilly made the Recommendation as the Ethics Committee’s initial assessment reflected […]

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