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Ethical lobbying in a post-COVID world - Global Public Affairs Forum, Paris

Speech - Friday | 17 September 2021

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I am delighted to have been invited to speak to you this morning and, on the assumption that not all of you know what I do and what exactly what I do has to do with what you do, let me briefly explain. The European Ombudsman’s Office, created through the 1993 Maastricht Treaty, is an entity intended to increase the democratic accountability of the EU. We deal wit...

“Leadership lessons from the pandemic” : Speech to the Irish Association of Chief Executives of State Agencies (ACESA) 28 July 2021

Speech - Wednesday | 28 July 2021

INTRODUCTION Good morning everyone. Thank you for the introduction and thank you for inviting me to share some thoughts on leadership during this challenging period when the quality of leadership – be it political or the kind of leadership we collectively exercise in our respective roles in national and European public administration – has arguably been the single most important defining feature o...

Award for Good Administration 2021

Speech - Monday | 21 June 2021

Thank you Shada. Good morning everyone and a very warm welcome from here in the European Parliament in Brussels to our third biennial presentation of the European Ombudsman Award for Good Administration. This is an event that my colleagues and I always greatly look forward to, and I am pleased that so many of you are joining us today from right across the EU administration. When we set about plann...

Committee on Petitions, public hearing - The European Ombudsman’s perspective: experiences and expectations regarding the Commission’s response to citizens’ concerns

Speech - Wednesday | 26 May 2021

The sharing of experiences, best practices, and reflections is a fundamental part of Ombudsman philosophy and I am happy to be able to exchange views with you today. As you can read in our just published Annual Report for 2020, my team handled around 2150 complaints last year from which we opened 370 inquiries. 210 of those inquiries concerned the European Commission. The complaints I receive expr...

IOI Annual Conference 2021 - Speech by the European Ombudsman

Speech - Wednesday | 26 May 2021

Good afternoon Peter, good afternoon friends and colleagues and thank you for the invitation to address you on the theme of Justice for All, a theme obviously relevant to Ombudsmen but even more relevant now as we continue to experience the fallout from the pandemic. Reflecting on this theme in the run up to this event, I remembered how some months ago, while out for a walk, I had come upon a drie...

European Parliament Frontex Scrutiny Working Group

Speech - Friday | 21 May 2021

Thank you for the invitation. As you are aware, I have recently opened two separate own-initiative inquiries into aspects of Frontex’s work, notably with regards to its fundamental rights obligations. These have been, in part, motivated by issues that have been brought to my attention by complainants, but also by my national counterparts in the European Network of Ombudsmen, as well as by civil so...

Transparency and accountability in the management of European borders

Speech - Thursday | 22 April 2021

Thank you for inviting me to address you today on an issue that compels the EU to confront a highly complex challenge: how to uphold its own values, which are founded on the protection of human dignity and rights without, denying the dignity and human rights of those born outside of its borders. How does it prevent a contradiction becoming the image that it presents to the world? The challenge of ...

Oireachtas Joint Committee on Petitions. Opening remarks on the European Ombudsman’s work during the COVID-19 pandemic and the EU’s overall response

Speech - Tuesday | 30 March 2021

Good morning chairman, honourable members, a dhaoine uaisle. Thank you for your welcome and for the opportunity to discuss my work during and in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. You do not need me to tell you how challenging this past year has been for all of us and those challenges are set to continue for much of 2021 despite the miracle arrival of vaccines developed and authorised with unprec...

Importance of FCTC Article 5.3 in the EU context

Speech - Wednesday | 24 March 2021

Good [day] everyone and thank all of you for attending the event today. As we are living the collective experience of the pandemic, no day goes by without thoughts about our health and the health of those close to us. There is also, and rightly so, a lively public debate about our healthcare systems and the policies and regulations that are meant to protect our societies. A part of this debate foc...

Annual Report 2019- European Parliament

Speech - Monday | 08 March 2021

Good evening, and I’d like first of all to thank Madame Guillaume and all of the shadow rapporteurs for your work on this report. I also welcome the presence of Commissioner Sinkevičius today. But I would like to begin by also thanking the staff of the Parliament who have worked so hard for this last year to ensure the continuation of its important work and keep everyone safe. I also thank my own ...