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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

15 March 2018: Ombudsman asks Commission to reassess Barroso appointment

After a year-long inquiry based on three separate complaints, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has asked that former Commission President Barroso’s employment with Goldman Sachs Bank be reassessed by its Ethics Committee in relation to its compatibility with the relevant Treaty obligations.

Ms O’Reilly made the Recommendation as the Ethics Committee’s initial assessment reflected a commitment from Mr Barroso that he would not lobby the Commission. This has now been put in doubt by a meeting, which took place between Mr Barroso and a Commission [...]


20 February 2018: Ombudsman launches ‘fast-track’ complaint procedure for access to documents
13 February 2018: Ombudsman says Member States must open up their opaque negotiations on EU laws
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