EU Ombudsman press conference

The European Ombudsman – 10 years, 20,000 complaints — too many?

An audience of journalists, representatives of the European institutions and the general public heard on the 6th December 2005 how ten years of the European Ombudsman has led to a more open and accountable EU administration. But, with the greatest proportion of enquiries addressing ‘lack of transparency’, there was still a lot of work to do.

Speakers included:

  • Derk-Jan Eppink, Member of the Cabinet of Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas.
  • Michael Cashman, MEP and Parliament’s Rapporteur on the Regulation of public access to documents.
  • Tony Bunyan, Director of Statewatch.
  • Dana Spinant, Editor of European Voice.

The session was moderated by Aidan White, General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists.

In a lively debate, participants heard how only a tiny percentage of complaints come from journalists, and were asked if there are shortcomings in the rules governing access to documents, and if initiatives such as the European Transparency Initiative can help.

The press seminar was followed by a public workshop on raising awareness about the right to complain.

For further information, visit the website of the European Ombudsman.

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