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The curious way of proceeding of the European Ombudsman

The European Ombudsman, E. O'Reilly (credit: European Ombudsman)
The European Ombudsman, E. O'Reilly (credit: European Ombudsman)

(BRUSSELS2) The European Ombudsman decided on Friday to open his own investigation into the European “Rule of Law” mission (EULEX Kosovo) (read on the Club: The European ombudsman launches an investigation into EULEX Kosovo). Which will only add to the confusion. The European Parliament has already taken up this matter. An internal investigation is underway. Kosovar justice is seized. And Italian justice will be if it is not already (an Italian judge being involved). The High Representative of the EU has appointed a “wise man” to take stock of the dysfunctions. We therefore already have 4 investigations at several levels – internal, political, judicial and functional. But apparently this is not enough for the Irishwoman Emily O'Reilly, who serves as “European mediator”. She decided to enter the dance, “on her own initiative”, she says officially. And based solely on articles published in the media (NB: the mediator is a former journalist, this perhaps explains that). But is it really serious? Isn't it above all a way to get a little “lather”? Will this investigation allow us to know much more? Will it advance the other investigations? We can doubt it...

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).