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On 17 September 2013 an MEP tabled a written European Parliamentary question to the European Commission under rule 117, see http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fTEXT%2bWQ%2bE-2013-010581%2b0%2bDOC%2bXML%2bV0%2f%2fEN&language=EN the question read: “On 2 April 2012, the European Ombudsman made a finding of maladministration against the Commission for failing to respond to requests for an independent external audit of the European Schools. Has… » read more

Posted by Mélanie Bruneau

below is a parliamentary question submitted by a Danish MEP. It raises an interesting legal question as to whether the Commission through its practices and particularly its financing practices, exerts a de facto veto over the European School. A power (if it exists at all) the Commission wields on an ad hoc basis which is… » read more

Posted by Mélanie Bruneau

The power of the EU Ombudsman is called into question due to the European Commission’s anarchic attitude to the Ombudsman ruling in case 814/2010/JF which it fought but lost. Mr Sefcovic in a letter today repeats the European Commission line that “Concerning the conclusions of the European Ombudsman in the case 814/2010/JF, the Commission did… » read more

Posted by Mélanie Bruneau

I was told yesterday by letter from Mr Van Rompuy’s office that “we regret to inform you that the Council of the European Union does not have competence, as this issue falls under the responsibility of the European Commission. Therefore, Mr Van Rompuy cannot intervene in this matter.” The Commission take the line that they… » read more

Posted by Mélanie Bruneau

The European Commission seem to half heartedly deny the existence of a crisis at EURSC (the European Schools). They write in September 2013. “The crisis that was allegedly recognised by the European Commission at a meeting of the Education Council in May is related to the cost-sharing issue, and the high number of the unfilled… » read more

Posted by Mélanie Bruneau

The European Parliament passed a resolution in September 2011 that has so far been ignored. The Parliament resolution, came after an extensive and well regarded study led by Jean-Marie Cavada. The Cavada report itself followed a report by the European Commission which averred that the process of reform that was launched by European Parliament resolutions… » read more

Posted by Mélanie Bruneau

In 2004, the Commission issued its Communication to the Council and the European Parliament concerning a consultation on options for developing the European Schools system. In August 2009, the Commission indicated that it was concerned about the failure rates in the European Schools system. The Commission agreed that it was important to find the causes… » read more

Posted by Mélanie Bruneau

The European Schools system, EURSC, is an unregulated body not subject to European Law or national law. The EURSC was set up by an intergovernmental treaty signed by the EU Member states and it operates totally outside the laws of the European Union but has its own “internal” sui generis legal system. Citizens have no… » read more

Posted by Mélanie Bruneau