European Ombudsman Opens Steel Pipe Sector Case for EU's ETS
European Ombudsman has opened CASE 971/2021/SF on 21 July 2021 regarding European Commission’s assessment of steel pipe sector in the context of the European Commission’s revision of the State Aid Guidelines for the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme. The Ombudsman has no binding powers to compel compliance with their rulings, but the overall level of compliance is high. The Ombudsman primarily relies on the power of persuasion and publicity.
The European Ombudsman is the ombudsman for the European Union, based in the Václav Havel building in Strasbourg. The European Ombudsman was established by the Maastricht Treaty. The current Ombudsman Ms Emily O'Reilly of Ireland took office on 1 October 2013. Any EU citizen or entity may appeal the Ombudsman to investigate an EU institution on the grounds of maladministration: administrative irregularities, unfairness, discrimination, abuse of power, failure to reply, refusal of information or unnecessary delay. The Ombudsman can not investigate the European Court of Justice in its judicial capacity, the General Court, the Civil Service Tribunal, national and regional administrations (even where EU law is concerned), judiciaries, private individuals or corporations.