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Goodbye from Brussels & my Ombudsman case against the European Commission

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Yesterday has been my last day at the Transparency International EU Office, before returning into the world of political science in June. In fact, I will be starting Monday as a researcher at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Funny coincidence that  also yesterday the European Ombudsman has decided to officially close my case […]

The EU Common Fisheries Policy reform: Getting my documents at last!

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It’s almost 3 months since I submitted my doctoral thesis. It’s 23 months since I filed a complaint to the European Ombudsman. It’s 24 months since I filed a confirmatory application to the European Commission to get 5 documents on the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy reform. It’s 26 months since I requested the 1st of […]

Old stories, new stories: Fight for EU transparency and for EU documents

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I haven’t been blogging much over here lately, because of my new job at the EU Office of Transparency International in which my digital attention is currently focused on this website and contributions to this Twitter account.  Still, this wouldn’t keep me from blogging about other issues (like EU fisheries policy) if during my free hours […]

Commission fails deadline in my Ombudsman complaint

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In November 2011, I submitted a complaint to the EU Ombudsman because the Commission failed to provide me with documents I needed for my research. The Commission finally provided me with the documents in late December, but I only got partial access and it became clear that they failed to follow the procedures properly. Hence, […]

EU Council transparency: New procedures and 2011 statistics

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Recently, I have remarked changes in the procedures for handling access to documents requests in the EU Council. Especially a new written procedure sparked some protest among EU member states, which led to the need to clarify the difference between the informal and formal procedures in the responsible Working Party on Information (meeting summary, p. […]

Finally a reply to my request for access to EU Commission documents [updated]

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It’s been a long time I’ve been waiting for a decision by the EU Commission on my requests for access to EU documents – but today I finally received a letter signed by the Secretary General of the European Commission, Catherine Day (photo). This request concerned a set of five documents I need for my […]

My complaint to the EU Ombudsman: Complaint procedure has started

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After having telephoned with the official responsible at the EU Ombudsman for my complaint against the EU Commission, today I have received the following confirmation from the Ombudsman’s office: “Dear Mr Patz, On 9 November 2011, you submitted a complaint to the European Ombudsman against the Commission concerning its handling of your request for access […]

My complaint to the EU Ombudsman: Next week?

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You may have read that I’ve started a complaint against the EU Commission to the EU Ombudsman. Today I’ve received a letter from the Commission telling me that they are unable to stay within the legal time limits even with the documents requested in September, i.e. the documents to which my initial request from 5 […]

My complaint to the EU Ombudsman [updated]

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When I sat on a panel together with the EU Ombudsman in Ireland in February this year discussing legal and practical aspects of the EU access to documents regulation (1049/2001*), I said to Mr Diamandouros (the Ombudsman) that it may well be that I’d have to make use of his office in the course of […]

EU Ombudsman questions EU Council access to documents procedure

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Back in May of this year, I wrote a blog post titled “The schizophrenic Council, Part 2“, and among other things I remarked regarding the delay of a freedom of information request I had sent to the EU Council (highlights changed): “On 18 May, the exact deadline for the 15 working days limit given by […]

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