CEO submits Ombudsman complaint about EU Commission's Dalligate secrecy

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) has today submitted a formal complaint to the EU Ombudsman about the European Commission's secrecy around the 'Dalligate' scandal.

In the complaint, CEO accuses the Commission of secrecy, selective release of documents and failure to fulfill its obligations under EU transparency legislation (Regulation 1049/2001).

On 26 October 2012, CEO 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 has refused to disclose the most important of these documents. CEO argues 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", all of which which constitutes "a pattern of serious maladministration."