The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has drawn up a list of good practices after reviewing the anti-harassment policies in 26 EU institutions and agencies.
Other important measures include allowing trainees to make formal complaints about harassment; regular training for confidential counsellors and the setting up of a pool of independent investigators, which institutions can draw upon during formal harassment investigations.
The Ombudsman notes harassment cases can involve a significant power imbalance and suggests stronger rules for high-ranking personnel. Examples of good practice include the European Court of Auditors’ anti-harassment policy, which has strong disciplinary measures for culpable members, such as compulsory retirement or denial of pension rights…
Médiateur européen – December 2018 – Communiqué de presse N°9/2018