My ambition is to support the EU institutions in becoming more effective, transparent and accountable by strategically increasing the visibility and impact of the work of the European Ombudsman.

Emily O'Reilly, 30 June 2014

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Annual Report 2017

The Ombudsman launches her Annual Report for 2017. The year saw a rise in the number of complaints, while concerns about transparency in the EU administration accounted for the biggest proportion of the Ombudsman's cases

Ombudsman sends Special Report to Parliament on lack of Council accountability

The Ombudsman calls on Parliament's support after the Council's failure to respond to her Recommendations aiming to improve the accountability of its legislative work

Ombudsman launches ‘fast-track’ complaint procedure for access to documents

Under the new system the Ombudsman aims to take a decision within two months of receiving  an access to document complaint

Ombudsman asks Commission to reassess Barroso appointment

The Ombudsman has asked that former Commission President Barroso’s employment with Goldman Sachs Bank be reassessed by its Ethics Committee

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What we do

The European Ombudsman investigates complaints about maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union.

If you are a citizen of a Member State of the Union or reside in a Member State, you can make a complaint to the European Ombudsman. Businesses, associations or other bodies with a registered office in the Union may also complain to the Ombudsman.

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Who we are

Emily O'Reilly took office as European Ombudsman on 1 October 2013.

She is the former National Ombudsman of Ireland and National information Commissioner of Ireland (2003-2013), and an award-winning political editor, broadcaster, and author.

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The institution has a highly qualified, multilingual staff.

This means that we can deal with your complaint in your language as one of the 24 EU languages that we work in. We are committed to making our service fully accessible to people with disabilities.

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How it works

Who can turn to the European Ombudsman?

Citizens, NGOs, associations, businesses, universities, journalists...

  • With complaints concerning an EU institution, office or agency
  • Who have already tried to solve the problem with the EU body concerned
  • When the issue is not over two years old
  • Where there is no other legal action underway

The Ombudsman can help with

  • Unfair treatment by EU bodies
  • Problems with EU tenders/contracts
  • Late payments from EU funds
  • Refused access to documents
  • Delays in dealings with EU bodies
  • Undisclosed or improper lobbying

What can the Ombudsman do?

  • Follow-up your complaint with the EU body
  • Help find a fair solution to your problem
  • Issue recommendations to EU bodies
  • Inspect EU documents

How to contact the Ombudsman?

  • You can contact the Ombudsman in the 24 official EU languages
  • Fill out the easy online complaint form
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What's new?

  • 18 May 2018
    • Decision -
      Decision in case 1834/2017/TE on the European Commission’s handling of an infringement proceeding against France
  • 17 May 2018
    • Press release -
      Ombudsman sends Special Report to Parliament on lack of Council legislative accountability
    • Annual report -
      Annual Report 2017
    • Decision -
      Decision in strategic inquiry OI/2/2017/TE on the transparency of the Council legislative process
    • Special Report -
      Special Report of the European Ombudsman in strategic inquiry OI/2/2017/TE on the transparency of the Council legislative process
  • 14 May 2018
    • Case opened -
      The European Commission’s appointment of a new Secretary-General
    • Correspondence -
      Letter opening cases 488/2018/KR and 514/2018/KR on the European Commission’s appointment of a new Secretary-General
  • 08 May 2018
    • Correspondence -
      Reply from the European Commission to the European Ombudsman's recommendations concerning its handling of post-mandate employment of former Commissioners, a former Commission President and the role of its Ethics Committee (Joint inquiry into complaints 194/2017/EA, 334/2017/EA, and 543/2017/EA)
  • 25 April 2018
    • Case opened -
      Accessibility for visually impaired candidates of competitions organised by the European Personnel Selection Office
    • Case opened -
      Alleged failure of the European Commission to ensure an impartial and transparent selection process of experts for a working group of the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER)