The European Parliament has recently adopted a new Statute for the European Ombudsman. Nikos Vogiatzis argues that, while this is a welcome development, the new provisions mainly codify or solidify existing practices, and therefore may not be seen as a significant strengthening of the European Ombudsman’s mandate.
Guidelines contain non-compelling language and continue to suggest that the Presidency is not part of the Council.
European Ombudsman report reaffirms central place of all matters related to transparency in EU watchdog’s work.
New one-stop, open-source document portal should be up and running by the summer.