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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 launches public consultation on Council transparency

#Ombudsman launches public consultation on Council transparency

The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly (pictured), 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 […]

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Flawed EU-US #PrivacyShield fully operational from today

Flawed EU-US #PrivacyShield fully operational from today

The decision on the EU- US Privacy Shield was adopted by the European Commission on 12 July. As of today, companies are able to sign up to the Privacy Shield with the US Department of Commerce who will then verify that their privacy policies comply with the high data protection standards required by the Privacy […]

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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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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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Ombudsman: Commission releases internal documents on Common Fisheries Policy

Ombudsman: Commission releases internal documents on Common Fisheries Policy

The European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has welcomed the European Commission’s decision to release internal documents concerning its proposal for a new regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy. This follows a complaint from a German researcher whose request to access the documents was initially refused. Emily O’Reilly explained: “The European Commission plays a crucial role in […]

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