The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, celebrated the range and quality of the nominations for the Award for Good Administration in a ceremony in Brussels on Thursday.
Launched in October, the Award attracted 90 nominated projects from the main EU institutions as well as many agencies and other bodies.
Prizes were awarded in 7 categories with the overall Award for Good Administration 2017 going to the Commission’s DG Health whose nominated unit developed EU collaboration in the sharing of vital information and expertise to help millions of Europeans suffering from rare diseases.
“The EU civil service is sometimes under-appreciated. It is rightly held to account by my office, journalists and others but there should also be room for recognition of a task well done. It is very fitting that this should happen around the significant anniversary of the founding Treaty of Rome,” said Ms O’Reilly.