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New European Ombudsman

Following her election by the European Parliament in July, Emily O'Reilly steps down as Irish Ombudsman and begins work as European Ombudsman on 1 October 2013.

Commenting on her new role, O'Reilly stated: "Europe faces not only an economic crisis but also a crisis of political legitimacy. Negativity and division are rising across Europe, the trust of citizens in European institutions is declining, and many feel their voice simply does not count. This makes 2014 a crucial year for Europe and the future of the European Union. One of my proactive roles as Ombudsman is to highlight citizens' concerns and help bridge the wide gap between them and the EU institutions.

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