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The European Ombudsman turns 25

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the European Ombudsman.

From small beginnings in 1995, the institution has grown to become a recognised and respected upholder of transparency, ethics and accountability in the EU administration.

Discover more about the Ombudsman's history, our main areas of work and the key inquiries over the past years on our dedicated webpage

You can follow all our activities through our social media channels, and join the discussion by using the hashtag #EO25years.

What we do


The European Ombudsman works to promote good administration at EU level. The Ombudsman investigates complaints about maladministration by EU institutions and bodies, as well as proactively looking into broader systemic issues.