Article 43 - European Ombudsman
Key facts of the case:
Appeal — Non-contractual liability of the European Union — Handling by the European Ombudsman of a complaint concerning the management of a list of suitable candidates in an open competition — Breaches of the duty to act diligently — Concept of a ‘sufficiently serious breach’ of a rule of EU law — Non-material damage — Loss of confidence in the office of the European Ombudsman.
Outcome of the case:
On those grounds, the Court (Grand Chamber) hereby:
29) As a preliminary point, it should be noted that, as is clear from Article 20(2)(d) TFEU, the right to apply to the Ombudsman in the event of maladministration in the activities of the institutions, bodies, offices or agencies of the European Union is a right, conferred in particular on Union citizens, that is also enshrined in Article 43 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.