Emily O’Reilly re-elected as European ombudsman 

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Emily O’Reilly has been re-elected by MEPs as the European ombudsman for the EP's 2014-2019 term. During the secret ballot on Tuesday 16 December, she was backed by 569 MEPs. O’Reilly, who is from Ireland, was first elected European ombudsman on 3 July 2013, after her predecessor retired. She was the only candidate in today's ballot.

During the vote on 16 December 569 members voted in favour, 66 against and 43 abstained.

Following the vote, O'Reilly commented: "I am delighted to have been re-elected as European ombudsman and I thank the European Parliament for its broad cross-party support. The work that I began in October 2013 continues, transforming my strategic goals into reality, with a view to improving the quality of the European Union administration for the sake of all Europeans."


Emily O’Reilly re-elected as European Ombudsman  

The task of the ombudsman is to investigate complaints about maladministration by EU institutions and bodies. Complaints can be submitted by anyone who lives in the EU or is an official citizen, as well as companies and associations with an office in the EU.

Check out our infographic for more details on the ombudsman’s work and the type of cases her office dealt with in 2013.

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