EUMETSAT appoints Ombudsperson to ensure procurements transparency


EUMETSAT strengthens transparency of procurement processes through appointment of Ombudsperson


The appointment of an Ombudsperson to adjudicate any complaints about procedural breaches in tendering processes will ensure procurements made by Europe’s meteorological satellite organisation, EUMETSAT, are carried out fairly and transparently, Director-General Phil Evans said.

Last Updated

11 July 2023

Published on

05 July 2023

The EUMETSAT Council today appointed José María Travesí García to a five-year term as EUMETSAT Ombudsperson and Prof Dr Lesley Jane Smith as his alternate.

“These appointments will give citizens in our 30 member states more confidence that EUMETSAT uses its funding properly and follows transparent, fair procurement processes,” Evans said.

“We have an obligation to use our funding wisely and well, and the appointment of Mr Travesí García and Prof Dr Smith demonstrates EUMETSAT’s determination to ensure our processes are not only fair, but are seen to be fair.”

The Ombudsperson will decide on appeals brought forward by unsuccessful tenderers on the grounds of a procedural breach by EUMETSAT, after a complaint in the first instance to the Director-General.

The Ombudsperson will consider all relevant documentation and the parties’ submissions, before issuing a binding decision.

Mr Travesí García and Prof Dr Smith have long-standing experience in public procurements and in independent functions. Mr Travesí García was EUMETSAT’s Head of Financial Control and Internal Audit, reporting directly to the organisation’s council. Prof Dr Smith is the European Space Agency’s alternate Ombudsperson, reporting directly to that organisation’s council.