The MEPs overwhelmingly approved the resolution on the European Ombudsman Annual report for 2013 by 527 votes in favour, 21 against and 82 abstentions.
All the main EU political groups voted in favour of the resolution. The ECR and EFDD groups were split. In the ECR group, the Polish and German delegations voted in favour, whereas the British conservatives abstained. While in the EFDD group, the Italian 5 Stars Movement voted in favour and the British UKIP abstained.
The European Ombudsman investigates the complaints about maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Parliament. Emily O’Reilly (Ireland) had become the new EU Ombudsman since October 2013, replacing Nikiforos Diamandouros (Greece).
In the resolution, the EU parliamentarians approved the 2013 annual report presented by the European Ombudsman, congratulated Ms O’Reilly on her first annual report and welcomed her new approach. In fact, the EP gives its support to the new ultimate goal proposed by the Ombudsman which Is to help strengthen the structures and institutions accountability and transparency at EU level in order to promote good administration and improve quality of democracy in the Union. The MEPs have also endorsed the EU Ombudsman’s call for more transparency and information campaign on the TTIP talks.
Moreover, the resolution stresses the importance of social media as channel of communicationto to raise public awareness of the activities of the Ombudsman and to promote the rights of EU citizens and notes that transparency related issues once again topped the Ombudsman’s list of inquiries closed in 2013 (64.3 %), up from 52.7% in 2012.
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