European Parliament – slow wheels of bureaucracy

Strasbourg, 01 June 2010        

Complaint: 0810/2010/EMT

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing in reply to your letter of 22 March 2010 in which you
alleged that the British National Party misused European Union funds in
order to fund staff running general and local election campaigns. 

The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the Statute of
the European Ombudsman set certain conditions as to the opening of an
inquiry by the Ombudsman. 

One of these conditions is that the Ombudsman shall help to uncover
maladministration in the activities of the Union institutions, bodies,
offices and agencies. No action by any other authority or person may be
the subject of a complaint to the Ombudsman.

After a careful examination of your complaint, it appears that this
condition is not met, because your complaint is against a political
party and it is therefore not related to an act of a Union institution,
body, office or agency.

I regret to have to inform you, therefore, that I am not entitled to
deal with your complaint.

However, the subject matter of your complaint could fall within the
scope of the European Parliament’s competence as it appears to concern
the use made of European Parliament funds. I have, therefore,
transferred your email to the President of the European Parliament and
have asked that Parliament deal with the complaints and respond to you
as it considers appropriate, in the light of its rules concerning use of
European Parliament funds. 

Please contact Parliament for any queries regarding its handling of the
matter. The address of the Parliament is: 

Prof. Dr. Jerzy Buzek
President
European Parliament
Rue Wiertz
1047 Brussels
BELGIQUE

Yours sincerely,

P. Nikiforos DIAMANDOUROS

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