“You have to be able to persuade, coax and cajole sometimes reluctant institutions to change long-standing mind-sets or to be more open in their decision making," said European ombudsman Emily O'Reilly. "This is where being an ombudsman can seem more like an art than a science." Elected by MEPs in July 2013, the former Irish national ombudsman is the first female European ombudsman. We talked to her about her first year in office.
On Thursday15 January, the European Parliament welcomed a number of important investigations “concerning the lack of transparency in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, whistleblowing in the EU institutions, lack of transparency in Commission expert groups, 'revolving door' and conflict of interest cases, fundamental rights in cohesion policy, and the European Citizens' Initiative; the EP looks forward to the findings of these inquiries.”