• Commission criticised by its own monitor

    The EU’s ombudsman has found the Commission guilty of ‘maladministration’ over the failure to release correspondence between Brussels and European car makers.

    [mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]In a 15-page judgement yet to be published but seen by the European web newspaper EU Observer, Nikiforos Diamandouros says he ‘does not understand’ why the documents sought by environmental groups could not be released. Friends of the Earth had asked to see records of meetings between car makers and the then commissioner Günter Verheugen over the EU’s plans to limit CO2 emissions from new cars. It is the second time this year that the Commission has been criticised by the ombudsman over this issue.