Brussels 2 October – Emily O’Reilly marked her first year in office as the European Union’s Ombudsman on Wednesday (1 October) but her gloves are only coming off now.
The EPACA Charler launch in mentioned in the article. The Irish woman has launched more investigations than any of her predecessors in their first year. But identigying problems and launching investigations is the easy part of the job. “Now the hard work begins,” she acknowledged. “Next year will be the time to execute”.
It is only then that it will be possible to measure if she has managed to live up to her job description of improving the transparency and integrity of EU institutions.
Among the investigations launched is one on transparency in the ongoing EU-US trade talks – known as TTIP.
“I want a full list of all documents in the negotiations made publicly available on the internet without this meaning that they should also all necessarily be accessible”, she told members of the European Public Affairs Consultancies Association (Epaca) in Brussels, an organisation of the major lobby companies in the EU capital.
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