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European Network of Ombudsmen Conference 2018


Thursday 8 March 2018, 10.00-12.30
followed by a sandwich lunch

Concert Noble, Rue d’Arlon 84, 1000 Brussels

The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, invites you to the annual European Network of Ombudsmen conference, which this year focuses on the measures needed to create a more inclusive and fair society for citizens.

Following the recent launch of the European Pillar of Social Rights and amid discussions about the future shape of the EU, Ombudsmen and other key actors will draw on their everyday work to discuss where the EU could do more for its citizens.

This annual event brings together over 90 national and regional ombudsmen from all over Europe, as well as MEPs, EU officials, organisations and other interested participants. The European Ombudsman chairs the European Network of Ombudsmen and coordinates cooperation among colleagues across Europe.

The European Ombudsman helps thousands of citizens each year through handling complaints and replying to requests for information. Inquiries opened by Ms O’Reilly concern issues ranging from language rights, to access to information, and fundamental rights.


9.45-10.15  Registration and welcome coffee

10.15-10.30  Opening of conference

  • Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman

10.30-12.30  Ensuring an inclusive and fair society for citizens

  • Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman
  • Georges Dassis, President, European Economic and Social Committee
  • Reinier van Zutphen, Dutch Ombudsman
  • Francisco Fernández Marugán, Spanish Acting Ombudsman
  • Adam Bodnar, Polish Ombudsman
  • Ulrike Guérot, Professor of European Policy and the Study of Democracy



  • Shada Islam,  Director, Friends of Europe


12.30 Sandwich lunch


Join the Twitter debate at: #ENO2018 . Please register by 23 February 2018 here.



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