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European Network of Ombudsmen Conference 2019 - Improving participatory democracy in the EU

09:15 - 10:45

Vært: The European Ombudsman

Sted: Bruxelles, Belgien


Do citizens feel they can shape EU decisions? What makes a successful participatory democracy tool? How can public administrations, ombudsmen and others better involve citizens in decision-making?

On the eve of the European elections, European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly invites you to the annual European Network of Ombudsmen conference, which will discuss measures to improve participatory democracy in the EU.

This annual event brings together around 100 national and regional ombudsmen from all over Europe, as well as MEPs, EU officials, organisations and other interested participants. The European Ombudsman chairs the European Network of Ombudsmen and coordinates cooperation among colleagues across Europe.

The European Ombudsman helps thousands of citizens each year through handling complaints and replying to requests for information. Inquiries opened by Ms O’Reilly concern issues ranging from language rights, to access to information, and transparency.

Join the Twitter debate at: #ENO2019

Venue: Room P3C050, European Parliament



European Parliament, Atrium Welcome Point, entrance Esplanade Solidarność, 1000 Brussels


Opening of conference

  • Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman


Keynote adddress (via video)

  • Michel Barnier, EU Chief Negotiator for Brexit


Improving participatory democracy in the EU

  • Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman
  • Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, Member of the European Parliament
  • Ülle Madise, Estonian Ombudsman
  • Marian Wendt, Chair of the Petitions Committee, German Bundestag
  • Laura Sullivan, Executive Director, WeMove.EU


  • Shada Islam, Director, Friends of Europe


Wrap-up coffee


Emily O'Reilly
European Ombudsman


For more information

Gundi Gadesmann
Head of Communication
Kontakt: Gundi Gadesmann
Tlf.: +32 2 28 42609
Twitter: @EUombudsman