Decision of the European Ombudsman closing his own-initiative inquiry OI/7/2010/(IP)ER concerning the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)
The background to the own-initiative inquiry
1. Article 228 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) empowers the European Ombudsman to conduct inquiries on his own-initiative into possible instances of maladministration in the activities of the Union institutions, bodies, offices or agencies.
2. The present inquiry concerns EPSO’s request for candidates to submit supporting documents in English, French or German when applying for an open competition.
3. The Ombudsman was prompted to open the present own-initiative inquiry when he was in the process of examining complaint 1994/2008/IP. That complaint was submitted by a candidate who had part
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