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The European Ombudsman: Reflections on the role and its potential

20-11-2018

The European Ombudsman is a body established to ensure that maladministration in the EU institutions is addressed and where possible remedied. From the establishment of the European Ombudsman, personalities and the open-ended character of the notion of maladministration have been relevant in shaping the activity of the office. Maladministration is widely accepted to be a sphere of inappropriate behaviour of the administration that goes beyond simple illegality. The particularity of the Ombudsman ...

The European Ombudsman is a body established to ensure that maladministration in the EU institutions is addressed and where possible remedied. From the establishment of the European Ombudsman, personalities and the open-ended character of the notion of maladministration have been relevant in shaping the activity of the office. Maladministration is widely accepted to be a sphere of inappropriate behaviour of the administration that goes beyond simple illegality. The particularity of the Ombudsman lies therefore on the fact that it is able, through the exercise of 'soft power', to tackle issues that would escape the scrutiny of the Court of Justice of the EU. This paper provides an overview of the activity of the Ombudsman, and attempts to identify the main areas of activity in quantitative terms, the main institutions to which the Ombudsman addresses inquiries and recommendations and highlights the proactive role exercised by this body so far. The compliance rate with the recommendations of the Ombudsman is rather high, although it would seem to decrease where the Ombudsman, by issuing critical remarks, exercises an 'educational' function. This paper also sets out some proposals to modify the Statute, with some less-extensive proposals, that would take into account already established practices, and other more far-reaching proposals, that would need however to be carefully considered so as not to distort the nature of the body.

An Banc Eorpach Infheistíochta

01-02-2018

Déanann An Banc Eorpach Infheistíochta cuspóirí an Aontais Eorpaigh a chur chun cinn trí mhaoiniú tionscadail fad-téarmach, ráthaíochtaí agus comhairle a chur ar fáil. Tacaíonn sé le tionscadail laistigh agus lasmuigh de AE araon. Is iad Ballstáit AE na scairshealbhóirí i BEI. Is é BEI an scairshealbhóir tromlaigh sa Chiste Eorpach Infheistíochta (CEI) agus, le chéile, is ionann iad agus Grúpa BEI. Laistigh den Phlean infheistíochta don Eoraip arna mholadh ag an gCoimisiún, is cuid de straitéis níos ...

Déanann An Banc Eorpach Infheistíochta cuspóirí an Aontais Eorpaigh a chur chun cinn trí mhaoiniú tionscadail fad-téarmach, ráthaíochtaí agus comhairle a chur ar fáil. Tacaíonn sé le tionscadail laistigh agus lasmuigh de AE araon. Is iad Ballstáit AE na scairshealbhóirí i BEI. Is é BEI an scairshealbhóir tromlaigh sa Chiste Eorpach Infheistíochta (CEI) agus, le chéile, is ionann iad agus Grúpa BEI. Laistigh den Phlean infheistíochta don Eoraip arna mholadh ag an gCoimisiún, is cuid de straitéis níos leithne é Grúpa BEI, straitéis atá dírithe ar an mbearna mhór infheistíochta a shárú trí na hinfheisteoirí a scaoileadh ó chuid den riosca a bhaineann le tionscadail.

An Chúirt Iniúchóirí

01-01-2018

Tá Cúirt Iniúchóirí na hEorpa i gceannas ar an iniúchóireacht ar chúrsaí airgid AE. Ag gníomhú di mar iniúchóir seachtrach AE, rannchuidíonn Cúirt Iniúchóirí na hEorpa le bainistiú airgeadais AE a fheabhsú agus feidhmíonn sí mar chaomhnóir neamhspleách maidir le leasanna airgeadais shaoránaigh an Aontais.

Tá Cúirt Iniúchóirí na hEorpa i gceannas ar an iniúchóireacht ar chúrsaí airgid AE. Ag gníomhú di mar iniúchóir seachtrach AE, rannchuidíonn Cúirt Iniúchóirí na hEorpa le bainistiú airgeadais AE a fheabhsú agus feidhmíonn sí mar chaomhnóir neamhspleách maidir le leasanna airgeadais shaoránaigh an Aontais.

The European Ombudsman's activities in 2016

14-11-2017

In November 2017, the European Parliament is set to discuss and adopt a resolution on the European Ombudsman's activities in 2016, based on the Ombudsman's annual report presented on 16 May 2017. The report covers the activities of the Ombudsman in the areas of transparency in decision-making of EU institutions and bodies, and on the principle of good administration.

In November 2017, the European Parliament is set to discuss and adopt a resolution on the European Ombudsman's activities in 2016, based on the Ombudsman's annual report presented on 16 May 2017. The report covers the activities of the Ombudsman in the areas of transparency in decision-making of EU institutions and bodies, and on the principle of good administration.

Estimates of Parliament's 2017 budget

12-04-2016

The budget of the European Parliament (EP), which accounts for less than 1.2% of the EU general budget, covers the administrative expenditure that ensures the functioning of an institution with 751 Members and 24 official languages. On 14 April 2016, the plenary is scheduled to vote on a report defining the priority objectives and proposed budget of the EP for next year.

The budget of the European Parliament (EP), which accounts for less than 1.2% of the EU general budget, covers the administrative expenditure that ensures the functioning of an institution with 751 Members and 24 official languages. On 14 April 2016, the plenary is scheduled to vote on a report defining the priority objectives and proposed budget of the EP for next year.

Evaluation in the European Commission: Rolling Check-List and State of Play

26-11-2015

This research paper aims to provide an overview of planned and ongoing evaluations of EU legislation and spending programmes carried out by each European Commission Directorate-General (DG). The general overview and state of play on the public availability of evaluations is completed by a Rolling Check-List comprising the on-going and planned evaluations on the basis of information disclosed by the Commission in various sources (DGs' Annual Management Plans, the Single Evaluation Plan, and Roadmaps ...

This research paper aims to provide an overview of planned and ongoing evaluations of EU legislation and spending programmes carried out by each European Commission Directorate-General (DG). The general overview and state of play on the public availability of evaluations is completed by a Rolling Check-List comprising the on-going and planned evaluations on the basis of information disclosed by the Commission in various sources (DGs' Annual Management Plans, the Single Evaluation Plan, and Roadmaps published since July 2015) and the information available in individual DGs. The annexes to this research paper contain an overview and links to the DGs Management Plans for 2014 (Annex I) and DGs Management Plans for 2015 (Annex II), the contact details (where available) of the evaluation function in each DG (Annex III); finally Annexes IV and V provide a list of and direct links to the evaluations published in 2014 and until 31 October, 2015 on the Commission's database of completed evaluations.

Composition of the Commission's Expert Groups and the Status of the register of Expert Groups

10-09-2015

This study aims to provide insights into the development, since 2012, of the European Commission’s system of Expert Groups, including the Register of Expert Groups. The specific focus of this study is an assessment of the European Commission’s compliance with a set of European Parliament conditions attached to repeated European Parliament budget reserves for the Expert Group budget. The European Parliament conditions aim to strengthen the balanced representation of interests in the Expert Groups, ...

This study aims to provide insights into the development, since 2012, of the European Commission’s system of Expert Groups, including the Register of Expert Groups. The specific focus of this study is an assessment of the European Commission’s compliance with a set of European Parliament conditions attached to repeated European Parliament budget reserves for the Expert Group budget. The European Parliament conditions aim to strengthen the balanced representation of interests in the Expert Groups, address conflicts of interest, and ensure transparency, in terms of open access to the working and outputs of the Expert Groups. The study finds that the European Commission, despite some progress, continues to fall short of full compliance with the European Parliament conditions on balance and transparency. Based on this study’s findings, it is considered that a more systematic approach to balance would help overcoming information asymmetries and contribute to throughput legitimacy. Enhanced transparency also has potential to enhance Expert Group outputs. This study therefore recommends a systematic approach to balance, the promotion of full transparency, more resources for Secretariat General oversight and enforcement, and the systematic evaluation of Expert Group performance at the level of the system of Expert Groups and for all individual Expert Groups.

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Blomeyer and Sanz

Best practices in legislative and regulatory processes in a constitutional perspective: the case of the European Union

31-08-2015

This briefing note discusses the key features of the EU better lawmaking agenda, also in light of the new EU better regulation package, and highlights areas in which the EU can be considered a best practice, as well as existing gaps and concerns. Gaps include problems of accountability and transparency, uncertainty in methodology and lack the coherence between better regulation and long-term policy goals. Concerns relate to the newly adopted package and refer to the sustainability of the workload ...

This briefing note discusses the key features of the EU better lawmaking agenda, also in light of the new EU better regulation package, and highlights areas in which the EU can be considered a best practice, as well as existing gaps and concerns. Gaps include problems of accountability and transparency, uncertainty in methodology and lack the coherence between better regulation and long-term policy goals. Concerns relate to the newly adopted package and refer to the sustainability of the workload, the lack of a real attribution of responsibility for the update of EU impact assessments during the ordinary legislative procedure and uncertainty on the treatment of self- and co-regulation within the Inter-institutional Agreement on Better Regulation.

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Andrea Renda, Senior research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies

EU Administrative Law

29-04-2015

Over the last decades, the European Union has developed a series of ad hoc administrative procedures for the direct implementation of its rules in a number of areas - such as competition policy, trade policy, sate aids, access to EU documents, the EU civil service - , which resulted in a fragmented body of rules, whether in the form of law or soft law. The need to depart from this sector-specific approach to ensure consistent EU administrative procedures has therefore started to be debated in the ...

Over the last decades, the European Union has developed a series of ad hoc administrative procedures for the direct implementation of its rules in a number of areas - such as competition policy, trade policy, sate aids, access to EU documents, the EU civil service - , which resulted in a fragmented body of rules, whether in the form of law or soft law. The need to depart from this sector-specific approach to ensure consistent EU administrative procedures has therefore started to be debated in the academic sector as well as within the EU institutions. In this respect, following the entry into force of a new legal basis on administrative law introduced by the Lisbon Treaty the European Parliament has called for the adoption of a single European Administrative Procedure binding on its institutions, bodies, agency and offices including enforceable procedural rights for citizens when dealing with the Union's direct administration.

Accountability of EU regulatory agencies

27-02-2015

A wide range of EU agencies have been set up to implement policy in specific fields, with the aim of simplifying procedures, ensuring cost-effectiveness, bringing outsourced activities closer to the final beneficiaries and improving visibility of the EU. A number are executive agencies directly supervised by the Commission, but the many autonomous regulatory agencies created have thrown up a series of problems linked to accountability and oversight by the EU institutions.

A wide range of EU agencies have been set up to implement policy in specific fields, with the aim of simplifying procedures, ensuring cost-effectiveness, bringing outsourced activities closer to the final beneficiaries and improving visibility of the EU. A number are executive agencies directly supervised by the Commission, but the many autonomous regulatory agencies created have thrown up a series of problems linked to accountability and oversight by the EU institutions.

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