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Institutions tell O’Reilly to quit meddling

An inquiry by European ombudsman Emily O'Reilly into the processes of EU decision making is largely outside her remit, the three EU institutions have said.

Earlier this year, O’Reilly—who is charged with investigating incidences of maladministration within the EU—launched an initiative off her own back to look into the trilogue process, through which the EU institutions meet behind closed doors to decide on legislation. 

But in opinions on the inquiry, published on the ombudsman’s website on 10 December, the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament all stated they do not believe the trilogue process falls within the ombudsman’s remit. The institutions said the process concerns the legislative work of the three institutions, and that the ombudsman’s work should be limited to situations in which there is suspicion of maladministration. 

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