The European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has told the European Commission to issue guidelines on public statements made by Commissioners on ongoing investigations. In July 2014, Crédit Agricole complained to the Ombudsman that several public statements between 2012 and 2014 by Joaquín Almunia, the then Competition Commissioner, had infringed his impartiality obligation by indicating that he had already made up his mind as regards the bank's involvement in the cartel relating to interest rate derivatives denominated in Euro.  The Ombudsman found that the statements created a public impression of bias, indicating that the former Commission had already reached a conclusion about the bank’s alleged participation in the cartel before the investigation was complete.  Click here.