Papers of BAS. Humanities and Social Sciences

Vol. 5, 2018, No. 1

HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION: IS THE EUROPEAN OMBUDSMAN LAGGING BEHIND?

Diana Kovatcheva

Abstract. The vague legal framework and the lack of legal definition of maladministration give the European Ombudsman an opportunity to choose when to intervene. According to the statistics only 0.00000425% of the total population of the European Union approached the European Ombudsman in 2017. This means that either the European citizens are not very clear about the concept of maladministration or that they need support which goes largely beyond the current limited mandate of the European Ombudsman. The greater part of human rights regulated by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union still remains out of the mandate of the European Ombudsman. In addition, the Paris Principles for the Work of Human Rights Institutions of the United Nations emphasize the need to bring the powers of the ombudsman institutions in compliance with the contemporary developments of human rights protection standards. In view of this the European Ombudsman is still lagging behind.

Keywords: European Ombudsman, human rights, maladministration, good administration, Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union