Election of the European Ombudsman 2014

At the beginning of each parliamentary term, the procedure for electing the European Ombudsman has to be set in motion. A call for candidates was therefore published in the EU Official Journal. Only the incumbent, Emily O'Reilly, has put forward her name as a candidate.

To be accepted in the selection process a candidate would need the support of at least 40 MEPs from at least two EU member states. Those declared admissible will be asked to present their priorities in a hearing to be held by the Committee on Petitions. The European Parliament elects the new Ombudsman by secret ballot.

The responsibilities of the European Ombudsman are considerable. It is by means of the European Ombudsman that European citizens are able to gain redress when an instance of maladministration occurs in an institution, a body, an office or an agency of the European Union. Each year the Ombudsman submits a report to Parliament on the outcome of his/her enquiries.

The timetable for the selection process is as follows:
  • Ms O'Reilly will be heard by the Committee on Petitions on 2 December 2014 at 3 pm;
  • The vote in plenary will take place in Parliament's Strasbourg part-session of December 2014.


Call for nominations

Rules of procedure

Treaty on the functioning of the EU

Personal data protection