Ethical principles for EU officials published by the EU Ombudsman

Ethical principles for EU officials published by the EU Ombudsman
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.

The five public service principlesare the following:

1. Commitment to the European Union and its citizens
2. Integrity
3. Objectivity
4. Respect for others
5. Transparency

The public service principles are available in the 23 EU languages at: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/resources/publicserviceprinciples.faces