Published on 3 November 2020

On 26 October the European Ombudsman marked its 25th anniversary with a digital conference on the evolving role of the office. European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, and a panel of speakers, explored how best to monitor the EU administration as it deals with major current and future challenges.

Ombudsman and IOI President Peter Tyndall spoke about the future of the European Ombudsman.

“In the 25 years the European Ombudsman has developed to be a core accountability mechanism.  Holding the Commission to account on behalf of the citizen while promoting good administration, transparency and high ethical standards are more important today than ever before. The Ombudsman is now very well placed to play a vital role in tackling the existential threats to multilateralism, democracy and the rule of law which now face us.”

The event was attended by close to 200 people, with around 80 from the European Network of Ombudsmen while the rest are academics, NGO and civil society representatives, and people from the EU institutions.

The keynote address was given by European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, in charge of inter-institutional relations and foresight.

You can watch the video of the conference back here on the European Ombudsman website.