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Speech of the European Ombudsman at the Workshop on the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The new Disabilities Strategy

Speech - Wednesday | 28 October 2020

Thank you Chair, Thank you to the Committee on Petitions for organising this most important Workshop on the New Disability Strategy and I am very happy that this event can now take place today in this digital format. I think that this pandemic has shown the many ways in way we have to innovate, and have innovated, when barriers are put in our way and this should make us much more conscious not jus...

25 Years of the European Ombudsman. Strengthening the role of the European Ombudsman in challenging times for citizens

Speech - Monday | 26 October 2020

Thank you Shada. Good morning everyone from Strasbourg and a very big thank you to all of you who have joined us from the four corners of Europe to help us to celebrate a big day in the life of the European Ombudsman. The 25th anniversary is a time to celebrate but more importantly a time to reflect on the past and use the lessons learned to chart a course for the next big milestone and I look for...

Transparency in the EU Legislative Process

Speech - Monday | 12 October 2020

Thank you Bernd for the introduction, and good afternoon everyone. I had hoped to visit Berlin during the German Presidency to discuss these issues with the government, and with organisations such as yours but I am happy that this event can now take place, today in this digital format. Firstly, it is important to state that in general the EU institutions already have a very high degree of transpar...

Allocution de la Médiatrice européenne devant le Sénat français sur la transparence du processus décisionnel du Conseil

Speech - Wednesday | 27 May 2020

Je vous remercie de m’avoir invitée à m’adresser à vous aujourd’hui sur la transparence du processus décisionnel au sein du Conseil de l’Union européenne - ou, pour être plus précise, sur la transparence des décisions que prennent les états membres sur les lois et politiques de l’Union. Le fait que je m'adresse à vous par vidéoconférence depuis mon bureau à domicile n'est qu'un petit indicateur de...

Adapting to COVID: Defending the Public Interest in Vaccine and Medical Development

Speech - Monday | 06 April 2020

Good morning. Let me begin by thanking Access to Medicines Ireland for the invitation to address you today. No one could have imagined that it would be taking place during a global pandemic, as the world looks to the scientific and medical communities for a way back to our normal lives and for an end to the suffering of increasing numbers of people. Your work speaks directly to this crisis. Issues...

Strengthening Public Trust in the European Union - Address to the Institute of International and European Affairs

Speech - Monday | 24 February 2020

Dublin, 24 February 2020 Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Let me begin by thanking the IIEA for the invitation to address you this afternoon and during a time of intense political activity both here in Ireland and at EU level. As European Ombudsman, I sit on a small perch but a perch that nonetheless allows me a bird’s eye view of much of what happens at the institutional level of the European...

Swearing-in Ceremony of the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly

Speech - Thursday | 13 February 2020

Monsieur le Président de la Cour de justice, Mesdames et Messieurs les Membres des Cours de Justice et des comptes, Mesdames et Messieurs les Ambassadeurs, chers invités, I last addressed this gathering on a beautiful day in late September 2013 following my first election as European Ombudsman and I once again thank the European Parliament for its trust in me. On that autumn day I quoted the Irish...

Presentation to the European Parliament’s plenary of the European Ombudsman Annual Report 2018

Speech - Wednesday | 15 January 2020

Good evening and thank you to Mr Jahr and the shadow rapporteurs for your work on this report. It is always a great pleasure to present the annual reports of my office to Parliament however, this year is particularly significant, as I am presenting our work to a new Parliament, with many new Members and which four weeks ago voted confidence in me and in that work by electing me for a second mandat...

Strengthening democracy on the ground: How grassroots civil society organisations are countering the shrinking civic space across Europe

Speech - Thursday | 12 December 2019

Thank you very much for the invitation to speak to you on the role of civil society in maintaining the values of tolerance, respect and equality for all. I don’t think many of us ever thought how increasingly challenging that work would become in a Union based precisely on those values. The title of this conference reminds us of how fragile democracies are, how we need constantly to nurture and up...

Address to Transparency International/EPACA conference

Speech - Wednesday | 13 November 2019

Good afternoon and thank you for the invitation. I would like to begin by congratulating the organisers for assembling such high-level and respected speakers from the three main EU institutions. I am particularly pleased to see Minister Tuppurainen here as the Council has not always been a frequent attender of such discussions. We all, I am sure, welcome the Council’s decision to enter into negoti...