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The Ombudsman recognises the important role that the media play in informing public opinion, enriching debate, and in increasing the visibility of her services in all the EU Member States. A pro-active media policy constitutes a central component of her activities and of her efforts to promote respect for rights under EU law and to improve the quality of administration.

For further information about the Ombudsman's media activities, please contact: Ms Gundi Gadesmann, Head of communication, Tel. +32 2 284 26 09.

Press releases

23 November 2016: Ombudsman welcomes progress on Commissioner ethics rules

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, welcomes Commission President Juncker’s proposal to strengthen the Commissioners Code of Conduct by extending the ‘cooling off’ period during which former Commissioners and Commission Presidents must inform the Commission of their intention to take up a new post.

The European Ombudsman will continue to monitor the situation having recently suggested further ways of strengthening the Code.



31 October 2016: Ombudsman reacts to opinion of Ethical Committee on Barroso
24 October 2016: Ombudsman launches “Award for Good Administration”
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