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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...

Address to the Institute of International and European Affairs - “EU Administration and Renewing Democracy”

Speech - Monday | 11 November 2019

Good evening and thank you for the invitation to speak to you again. The timing and theme of this evening’s event are very good given that today is Armistice Day in Europe and last weekend we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a key event in the ultimate demise of the Soviet Union and the democratisation of central and Eastern Europe. For most of us in this room that e...

Speech to the European Economic and Social Committee’s Plenary Session

Speech - Wednesday | 25 September 2019

Good afternoon and thank you President Jahier for the invitation to your plenary session today. When I was elected by the European Parliament as European Ombudsman five years ago, I had a very straightforward ambition, and that was to make the office more useful and more effective. I told the Parliament that I would do that by making it more visible to European citizens, its work more relevant and...

2019 Award for Good Administration- Introduction

Speech - Thursday | 27 June 2019

Good morning, everyone and you are most welcome to this ceremony the aim of which is to acknowledge and to applaud the work of each and every one of you and of your colleagues in the institutions, agencies and bodies that you represent. I am immensely grateful to all of you and to your teams for taking part and I appreciate the effort you have made to do so and to be with us here today. Our very f...

Keynote speech to the European Supervisory Authorities Consumer Protection Day 2019

Speech - Thursday | 27 June 2019

Good morning and thank you for the invitation. It’s a particular pleasure to be speaking to this European audience in my hometown and also appropriate that you are reflecting on European financial supervision in a country that suffered the drastic consequences of insufficient supervision after the financial crash of 2008 and 2009. Ten years later, Dublin is a city much transformed. Those of you wh...

EACD: How to address citizenship in a polarised world?

Speech - Wednesday | 19 June 2019

European Ombudsman Brussels, 19 June 2019 Good evening everyone and thank you to the EACD for the invitation to speak here today, this event coming just after the European Parliament elections and during a week where intense negotiations are ongoing here in Brussels and in the member states over the leadership of the main EU institutions, choices which will define how the Union evolves over the ne...