Law and Policy
Edited by Herwig C.H. Hofmann, Ellen Vos and Merijn Chamon
Chapter 9: EU agencies external activities and the European Ombudsman
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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