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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

19 January 2017: Ombudsman: EU must continue to assess human rights impact of EU-Turkey deal

Following complaints on the issue, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has asked the European Commission to carry out a more thorough assessment of the human rights impact of the EU-Turkey Agreement.

Under the Agreement, concluded in March 2016, asylum seekers and migrants crossing from Turkey to Greece whose applications are then declared inadmissible are to be returned to Turkey; and Turkey is to take measures to prevent the opening up of new sea or land migration routes.



23 November 2016: Ombudsman welcomes progress on Commissioner ethics rules
31 October 2016: Ombudsman reacts to opinion of Ethical Committee on Barroso
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