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The European Ombudsman directly helped over 22 000 individuals by dealing with their complaints, replying to questions or offering advice.

Twelve Croatian observers were welcomed at the Parliament in preparation for Croatia’s accession to the EU. They were able to take part in meetings of committees and political groups.

The Commission proposed 168 legislative acts and initiated 699 infringement procedures for suspected breaches or non-implementation of EU law by Member States.

The Court of Justice of the European Union celebrated its 60th anniversary. Some 527 cases were completed this year and the Court’s activity showed a very significant improvement in efficiency as regards the duration of proceedings.

This heading covers expenditure by all EU institutions on, for example, staff salaries and pensions, buildings and infrastructure, information technology, and security.

Heading 5 — Administrative expenditure 2012 (million EUR)
Heading 5 — Expenditure by Member State