The Ombudsman

Excessive secrecy, abuse of power, or letters which go unanswered for months – every EU citizen can now complain about these typical manifestations of a citizen-unfriendly administration by contacting the European Ombudsman. Since 1995, the Ombudsman, who is elected by the European Parliament, has ensured that the EU institutions conduct themselves correctly in their dealings with citizens. Although the Ombudsman has no legally binding instruments at his disposal, public censure by the Ombudsman is often enough to make the authority concerned see reason. Obviously, the Ombudsman is not an alternative to an ECI, for the Ombudsman only deals with specific problems relating to the EU administration. He cannot deal with proposals that are aimed at policy improvement.

www.ombudsman.europa.eu

News

Launch of the Greens/EFA website on the European Citizens' Initiative

Today we start our website on the ECI. The website informs you on what the ECI is and how it works. And it gives you an opportunity to discuss your ideas on an initiative in our ECI Community Forum.

Greens/EFA conference: The European Citizens' Initiative - How to get it started

With the European Citizens Initiative set to enter into force in 2012, the conference will look at what measures are needed to ensure the ECI can start to work. Several NGOs will also present their ideas and projects for an initiative, among them are projects for a nuclear-free Europe, for more effective exchange programmes in the EU, for media pluralism, and for fair roaming. 

ECI workshop at the Green Summer University

The Green European Foundation (GEF) and the Polish Zielony Instytut organise a workshop on the European Citizens' Initiative at the Greens/EFA European Summer University, on Saturday, September 10th 2011.

Two days on the European Citizens' Initiative

The European Citizen's Initiative (ECI) is waiting in the wings and the countdown is on for more civic participation in Europe. The Greens/EFA-Group and its expert on direct democracy, Gerald Häfner (Germany), took this as an opportunity to dedicate 2 days of talks to this important topic.