CEPOL Endorses Ombudsman's Principles

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18 July 2012

The European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, has published a set of 'public service principles' that should guide the conduct of EU civil servants. The principles take account of best practice in the Member States and were established through an initial consultation with the European Network of Ombudsmen. The Ombudsman also carried out a public consultation on a first draft of the principles. The responses to the consultation from citizens, civil servants, interest groups, EU institutions and other organisations were of great value in finalising the principles.

Mr Diamandouros commented: 'The public service principles embody fundamental ethical standards. As such, they constitute a vital component of the administrative culture of service to which the EU institutions adhere. At a time when the European Union is facing a severe crisis, the principles can help to build greater trust between citizens and the EU institutions.'

CEPOL, as one of the European Commission's decentralised Agencies strives to work following advise and guidelines issued by the European Ombudsman. Public Service principles outlines work related principles that CEPOL firmly believes in and supports.

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