Danubius International Conferences, 5th International Conference on European Integration - Realities and Perspectives

European Ombudsman's role in achieving the right to good administration

Ion Popescu-Slaniceanu, Diana Marilena Petrovszki, Cosmin Ionut Enescu
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Date: 2010-05-14 03:30 PM – 06:30 PM
Last modified: 2010-05-13


The European Ombudsman exercises an administrative control mechanism similar to that which allows for the control of public authorities at national level by the Ombudsman in most states. One of the rights of European Union citizens is to submit a complaint to the European Ombudsman concerning instances of maladministration by the European Union institutions, bodies or agencies. With regards to the right to good governance in the European Union, it is protected by Article 41 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and by the European Code of Good Administrative Behavior, which provides useful information to European citizens and civil servants. Similar provisions to those of the European Code of Good Administrative Behavior are also included in the Code of Good Administration adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, through Recommendation CM / Rec (2007) 7. By promoting the right to good administration, the European Ombudsman contributes to the strengthening of the relations between the European Union and its citizens and to the establishment of democratic, transparent and accountable administration. We are convinced that the fundamental right to good administration will be included in the Romanian Constitution, during its next review and that the administrative regulations will incorporate the principles and rules of good administration provided by the two European codes which we have referred to.