EU Ombudsman proposes publishing names of officials to improve transparency in public procurement processes


Madrid, 20 December 2016 – Access Info Europe has welcomed the European Ombudsman’s recommendation that the European Commission systematically obtain consent to publish the names of public officials charged with decision-making on public procurement prior to their appointment. The Ombudsman’s proposal follows a complaint submitted by Access Info after the European Commission refused to grant full public access to evaluation documents concerning a public procurement process financed by the EU in Serbia. The suggestion for improvement, which also considers that such consent should be a condition of appointment, stated, “In order effectively to guarantee transparency and maintain public trust in