The European Ombudsman called on the Commission to publish its public consultation documents in all 23 EU languages or to provide translations upon request
The European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, has issued a decision on a complaint from a Spanish lawyer about some public consultation documents that are available in English or in a limited number of EU languages only, even if they are intended for the general public.
The Ombudsman shared the view that European citizens cannot participate in a consultation which they are unable to understand. He stated: "European citizens cannot exercise their right to participate in the EU's decision-making process effectively if public consultation documents are not available in all official languages."
The European Ombudsman is an independent and impartial body that investigates complaints about maladministration in EU institutions, bodies, offices, and agencies. Any EU citizen, resident, enterprise or association in a Member State can lodge a complaint with the Ombudsman.