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University of Flensburg's 'Europa Prize'

Speech - Tuesday | 09 November 2021

Thank you to the University President, Professor Reinhardt, and the Executive University Board, and Mr Scherf and the University Council for inviting me today. Thank you to the University Council for awarding me the Europa-Price. Thank you to Vice President Kraemer and Minister Albrecht and Ambassador O’Brien for your kind words. Dr Prantl, thank you for your wonderful speech. Good evening everybo...

Keynote address by European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly to the Clear Writing for Europe conference

Speech - Thursday | 14 October 2021

Thank you for inviting me to open your conference on a subject that is very close to my heart. As many of you will know, I was a journalist for twenty years, so clear writing is very much in my DNA. However, I have always been convinced that communicating clearly should also be a top priority for public servants, and this has very much guided my approach in almost twenty years as an ombudsman, fir...

“Mediterranean: from the Sea that separates us to the Sea that unites us”

Speech - Monday | 04 October 2021

Good morning, Thank you very much Andreas and colleagues for inviting me to speak to you today and it is great to see that several of you have been able to gather in person for this conference -another signal that some form of normal life is returning. From my conversations with many Ombudsmen from all parts of Europe over the last 18 months it was strikingly clear that the pandemic had highlighte...

Multilingualism – a challenge for the EU Agencies Network

Speech - Thursday | 30 September 2021

Good morning everyone and thank you for the invitation to address you today. The work that your agencies do is vital to the wellbeing of every EU citizen and this workshop is a sign of the strategic importance you place in being able to communicate with those citizens and those citizens being able in turn to communicate with you. Good communication creates better outcomes but also trust. The pande...

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...