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Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
9th parliamentary term - July 2019
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TITLE X : OMBUDSMAN

Rule 231 : Election of the Ombudsman

1.   At the start of each parliamentary term or in the case of death, resignation or dismissal of the Ombudsman, the President shall call for nominations for the office of Ombudsman and set a time limit for their submission. A notice calling for nominations shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

2.   Nominations must have the support of at least 40 Members who are nationals of at least two Member States.

Each Member may support only one nomination.

Nominations shall include all the supporting documents needed to show conclusively that the nominee fulfils the conditions laid down in Article 6(2) of Decision 94/262/ECSC, EC, Euratom of the European Parliament (1).

3.   Nominations shall be forwarded to the committee responsible. A full list of the Members who have given their support to the nominees shall be made available to the public in due time.

4.   The committee responsible may ask to hear the nominees. Such hearings shall be open to all Members.

5.   A list of admissible nominations in alphabetical order shall then be submitted to the vote of Parliament.

6.   The Ombudsman shall be elected by a majority of the votes cast.

If no candidate is elected after the first two ballots, only the two candidates obtaining the largest number of votes in the second ballot may continue to stand.

In the event of any tie the oldest candidate shall be appointed.

7.   Before opening the vote, the President shall ensure that at least half of Parliament's component Members are present.

8.   The Ombudsman shall exercise his or her duties until his or her successor takes office, except in the case of his or her death or dismissal.

(1) Decision 94/262/ECSC, EC, Euratom of the European Parliament of 9 March 1994 on the regulations and general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudsman's duties (OJ L 113, 4.5.1994, p. 15).
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