Tag: Emily O’Reilly

#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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#RevolvingDoors: European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly welcomes extension of ‘cooling off’ period

#RevolvingDoors: European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly welcomes extension of ‘cooling off’ period

| November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, welcomed Commission President Juncker’s proposal to strengthen the Commissioners Code of Conduct by extending the ‘cooling off’ period during which former Commissioners and Commission Presidents must inform the Commission of their intention to take up a new post. O’Reilly repeats however that some positions will not cease to be problematic […]

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#Ombudsman tells Commission to report back on pesticides authorisation

#Ombudsman tells Commission to report back on pesticides authorisation

| February 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The European Ombudsman‘s inquiry into the approval of pesticides by the European Commission highlights concerns with the Commission’s practice (known as the confirmatory data procedure) of approving the safe use of an active substance before it gets all of the data necessary to support that decision. The Ombudsman notes the Commission’s general acceptance of her […]

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#Tobacco Ombudsman regrets Commission stance on UN tobacco lobbying rules

#Tobacco Ombudsman regrets Commission stance on UN tobacco lobbying rules

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, strongly regrets that the European Commission has chosen not to make its dealings with the tobacco industry more transparent in line with UN guidelines. The Commission was responding to the Ombudsman’s recommendation to extend the transparency policy of DG Health to all DGs through proactive online publication of all meetings […]

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#Ombudsman Citizens need to know more about expert groups’ advice to Commission

#Ombudsman Citizens need to know more about expert groups’ advice to Commission

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, welcomed the progress made so far during her inquiry but has asked the European Commission further to improve the transparency of its 800 plus expert groups by publishing comprehensive minutes of their meetings. The Ombudsman opened a strategic inquiry into the composition of expert groups in May 2014. She drew […]

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Ombudsman criticises cartel investigation comments

Ombudsman criticises cartel investigation comments

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly (pictured) has told the European Commission to issue guidelines on public statements made by Commissioners on ongoing investigations. She found that statements by former Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia about an ongoing cartel investigation involving the French bank Crédit Agricole created a public impression of bias, that the former Commission had already […]

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Inquiries: Putting the European Ombudsman on the map

Inquiries: Putting the European Ombudsman on the map

| January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

EU institutions refusing to give access to documents is the most common complaint received by European ombudsman Emily O’Reilly (pictured), as revealed by her annual report for 2013. MEPs discuss the report on Thursday (15 January) and vote on a resolution later that day. The document also revealed people and companies in Spain complain about […]

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