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#EUOmbudsman probes ‘revolving door’ at banking watchdog

#EUOmbudsman probes ‘revolving door’ at banking watchdog

| January 23, 2020

The European Union’s ombudsman Emily O’Reilly (pictured) has opened an investigation into how the EU’s banking regulator approved a move by its executive director to become head of a top banking lobby, writes Huw Jones. The European Banking Authority (EBA) said in September that its executive director, Adam Farkas, was resigning to become chief executive […]

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Council should issue guidance on sponsorship of #CouncilPresidencies

Council should issue guidance on sponsorship of #CouncilPresidencies

| January 9, 2020

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has made a recommendation to the Council of the EU that it issue guidance to member state governments concerning their use of sponsorship to fund the costs of holding the Council Presidency. The inquiry followed a complaint about the practice of member state governments holding the Council Presidency of seeking sponsorship […]

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Emily O’Reilly re-elected as #EuropeanOmbudsman

Emily O’Reilly re-elected as #EuropeanOmbudsman

| December 18, 2019

Emily O’Reilly (pictured) has been re-elected by Parliament with 320 votes in favour out of 600 votes cast. Her second mandate will last for five years. “I am delighted to have been re-elected for a second term. I wish to sincerely thank my fantastic campaign team for the huge effort over the past four months, I […]

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#Ombudsman announces Award for Good Administration 2019 winners

#Ombudsman announces Award for Good Administration 2019 winners

| June 28, 2019

The European Commission’s initiative in plastics pollution reduction and awareness raising is the overall winner in the European Ombudsman’s 2019 Award for Good Administration, announced at a ceremony in Brussels by the Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. Prizes in six other categories – including communications and open administration – were also awarded from a total of 54 […]

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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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