European Ombudsman publishes annual report
The European Ombudsman’s 2020 annual report has been published, providing detailed insight into how EU institutions responded to the COVID-19 crisis.
The report highlights that, as in other years, complaints related to transparency and accountability accounted for the biggest proportion of inquiries examined by the Ombudsman, amounting to 25%.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic response by EU institutions, the Ombudsman sent information-gathering requests to several EU institutions, including the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission. It also opened two inquiries, which concerned the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and the Council of the EU. With rega