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19th November 2021
Institutional law

Ombudsman: Commission should require declarations of interest of experts invited in their personal capacity for stakeholder workshop

The European Ombudsman handed down its decision in case 1402/2020/TE, finding that the European Commission should require, assess and publish declarations of interest of experts invited in their personal capacity to similar future events, which concern the implementation of EU legislation, programmes and policies.

The case concerned a complaint brought by an environmental organisation over its concern with the methods employed in the Commission’s ongoing review of the criteria for assessing environmental risks in pesticides. 

Specifically, the organisation complained about the selection of an expert in a stakeholder workshop, for which the Commission had not required the expert to submit a declaration of interest ahead of t

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