COMMISSION OPINION on a draft Regulation of the European Parliament laying down the regulations and general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudsman's duties (Statute of the European Ombudsman) and repealing Decision 94/262/ECSC, EC, Euratom
The role of the Ombudsman of the European Union is established through the treaties of the European Union. In particular, Article 43 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights recognises the right of European citizens to refer to the European Ombudsman cases of maladministration in the activities of the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union.
On 4 November 2019 the Commission published a Formal Opinion in response to this draft regulation. Although supportive of some of the amendments, the Commission is opposed to a number of them. The Commission’s general concern with these amendments is that they go beyond the legal remit of the Ombudsman’s competence as provided for in the treaties and do not align with the Staff Regulations.