Labour MEPs welcomed the re-election of European Ombudsman Emily O´Reilly, praising her for an "excellent track-record of significantly improving transparency". Ms O´Reilly won her re-election today by 320 votes to 280 in the European Parliament today.
Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, Socialists and Democrats Group spokesperson petitions, said:
"Today MEPs voted to re-elect Emily O´Reilly as the European Ombudsman for a third term. This is a very important watchdog role that bridges the gap between EU citizens and EU institutions, so choosing the right candidate for the role was crucial.
"S&D MEPs in the Petitions Committee - which works very closely with the office of the European Ombudsman - held hearings for all five candidates and after scrutinising their profiles, presentations and answers, a voting system was put in place in order to select our preferred candidate.
"As S&D Coordinator in the Petitions Committee, I am delighted that our top choice candidate won the majority of votes and will return to take office as the European Ombudsman. Emily has an excellent track-record of significantly improving the transparency with which the European Ombudsman carries out its inquiries into complaints of maladministration by EU institutions. Our group looks forward to another mandate of continued cooperation with Emily and her office."
Wednesday, December 18, 2019