The External Dimension of EU Agencies and Bodies
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The External Dimension of EU Agencies and Bodies

Law and Policy

Edited by Herwig C.H. Hofmann, Ellen Vos and Merijn Chamon

This timely book addresses urgent questions about the external actions of the EU’s decentralized agencies and their effects, such as how they should be conceptualized and assessed, and how these agencies can and should be governed in the future. Bringing together pioneering interdisciplinary work from European legal and political scholars, the book combines theory with empirical case studies to explore an underdeveloped field and identify a future research agenda.
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Chapter 9: EU agencies external activities and the European Ombudsman

Marco Inglese


This chapter investigates how the European Ombudsman (EO) has contributed to the EU agencies’ external activities. Hence, it offers an overview of the EO’s competences and powers, with a focus on its role in combating maladministration and improving the right to good administration. In doing so, the importance of the Code of Good Administrative Behaviour is stressed. Second, it assesses the EO’s strategic inquiries regarding Frontex, the European Union External Action Service and the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, as well as the framework of the Common Security Defence Policy, as key examples of how the EO tackles issues of maladministration committed by agencies in their external relations. Furthermore, specific attention is devoted to the network of national and non-EU ombudsmen. This chapter finally argues that the consistent body of EO decisions has successfully influenced EU agencies’ external activities.

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