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The range of inquiries to be carried out by the Ombudsman, which are detailed in Art. 228 TFEU, must be extended to include the public administrations in all the Member States. The current situation, whereby the Ombudsman’s field of action is limited to the EU institutions, is not satisfactory. The differences between the public administrations… » read more

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Cases arising under The Right to Address (Art 227 TFEU) must be dealt with in a coordinated way which avoids any duplication of work between committees of inquiry and the European Ombudsman. Once each individual case has been accepted for consideration by the Parliament, it must be dealt with either by a committee of inquiry… » read more

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We insist that all the positive recommendations of the Committee of Inquiry by Art. 222 TFEU result in new procedures in the respective EU institutions (Commision and Council, or the Public Administrations in each MM.SS.) The system of mere “recommendations” is not enough: they must be binding conclusions.

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The uniform (or almost uniform) procedure for the election of MEPs which was provided for in the Draft Constitution and maintained in Art. 223 TFEU, is still far from being a reality. The profound differences between the procedures in the Member States cannot be maintained, both in terms of the electoral system and in terms… » read more

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The EU Foreign Office should not be formed merely by those designated by the EU Council and Commission, as the Lisbon Treaty establishes. This leaves the rest of the members of the EU Foreign Office to come from each Member State. It is vital that the EU has a diplomatic service which is large, coordinated… » read more

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The EU currently suffers from a problem that must be solved if we want its institutions to be fully democratic. We refer to the balance of power between the Member States (as represented by the European Council) and the Citizens (as represented by the European Parliament). If we aspire to true European citizenship, if we… » read more

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2009 will mark 30 years since the first elections for the European Parliament and new elections for this institution, 20 years since the fall of communism and the beginning of the reintegration process of the long-neglected eastern part of our continent in the European project, and, hopefully, the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty,… » read more

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