Ombudsman launches investigation into European Commission’s Dalligate secrecy

EU Ombudsman wants to inspect Commission’s files relating to the resignation of John Dalli.

The European Ombudsman has requested access to documents related to the resignation of John Dalli.
The European Ombudsman has requested access to documents related to the resignation of John Dalli.

The EU Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the European Commission's secrecy into the forced resignation of commissioner John Dalli, over the tobacco lobbying scandal of October 2012.

The investigation follows a complaint filed earlier this year by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), which accused the Commission of secrecy, selective release of documents and failure to fulfill its obligations under EU transparency legislation.

In its complaint to the Ombudsman, CEO argued that "the Commission has unduly refused access to documents, failed to provide clarity about which documents falling under the scope of request actually exist and used delay tactics."

The Ombudsman has now asked European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso "to submit an opinion on the allegations".

The Ombudsman moreover wants to inspect the Commission's files relating to the resignation of Commissioner Dalli. CEO will receive a copy of the inspection report.

On 26 October 2012, CEO had requested access to "all documents related to Commissioner Dalli's resignation over the issues covered in the OLAF investigation, including all minutes (and other notes) of meetings, all correspondence (including by email), both internal and external, and any other documents held by the Commission on these matters."

The Commission refused to disclose the most important of these documents.

Since Commissioner Dalli resigned under under controversial circumstances five months ago, the European Commission continues to refuse clarifying the basic facts about the scandal, leaving key questions from MEPs and civil society groups unanswered. The Ombudsman investigation might help to break the Commission's silence and clear the smoke around Commissioner Dalli's resignation.

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...and Simon speaks of civil rights in the EU.
I heard that Somebody wanted to stop him making another party.
The story still needs to be written on the scandalous behavior of local power broking elements in this frame up.
I have said it before and I say it again - the whole issue of Dalligate stinks of a frame up followed by a massive cover up. I suspect the frame up was initiated in Malta with backing from Brussels and this is why a cover up was then necessary. The EPP have a way to manipulate and orchestrate issues to help fellow partners. The European Ombudsman should look at all these issues and come hard on those who have abused their power and influence to put Dalli out of (their) harm's way.