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25 Years of the European Ombudsman - Digital conference

26Oct2020
10:00 - 11:30

Host: European Ombudsman

Location: Brussels, Belgium

The European Ombudsman is marking its 25th anniversary with a digital conference on the evolving role of an increasingly effective and influential office. Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, and a high-level panel of speakers, will explore how best to monitor the EU administration as it deals with major current and future challenges.  

The keynote address will be given by European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, in charge of inter-institutional relations and foresight.

This event is open to national and regional ombudsmen from all over Europe, as well as MEPs, civil society representatives, academics, EU officials and other interested participants.  

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 decision making transparency, to access to documents, and conflicts of interest. The Ombudsman’s powers include the right to inspect EU documents, call officials to testify, and to open inquiries on her own initiative.

The conference will be webstreamed. Join the Twitter debate at: #EO25Years

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

Registration

You can register for the event by using this form.
Registration is open until Friday 23 October 2020.

Agenda

10.00-10.10

Opening of conference

  • Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman

10.10-10.20

Keynote adddress

  • Maroš Šefčovič, Commission Vice-President for Institutional Relations and Foresight

10.20-11.30

The future of the European Ombudsman

  • Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman
  • Dolors Montserrat, Chair of the Petitions Committee, European Parliament
  • Peter Tyndall, President of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI)
  • Michiel van Hulten, Director, Transparency International EU
  • Alberto Alemanno, Professor of Law and Public Policy at HEC Paris

Moderator:

  • Shada Islam, Director, New Horizons Project

Speakers

Emily O'Reilly
European Ombudsman

Maroš Šefčovič
Commission Vice-President for Institutional Relations and Foresight

Dolors Montserrat
Chair of the Petitions Committee, European Parliament

Peter Tyndall
President of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI)

Michiel van Hulten
Director, Transparency International EU

Alberto Alemanno
Professor of Law and Public Policy at HEC Paris

Shada Islam
Director, New Horizons Project

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Registration

You can register for the event by using this form.
Registration is open until Friday 23 October 2020 .

For press inquiries

Gundi Gadesmann
Head of Communication
Contact: Gundi Gadesmann
Tel.: +32 (0) 2 284 26 09
Twitter: @EUombudsman