EO condemns EC over EU response speeds

10 October 2004

The European Commission has been condemned by the European Ombudsman for conducting 'maladministration' by being too slow to deal with safety complaints about the European Union’s (EU) Institute for Transuranium Elements at Karlsruhe, Germany.

In writing, an official alleged infringements of EU laws on protection against radiation and on dangerous goods at the institute. She received no answer within four months, which the ombudsman said broke the Commission’s own correspondence rules. Brussels said that its normal rules did not apply because the complaint was whistle-blowing, but the ombudsman concluded this "does not appear to be a suitable explanation for the delays that occurred."

The official submitted 15 letters to the Commission, covering the safety allegations and other personal professional issues, and "received either a late reply or no reply at all."

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