ENO Conference continues in Brussels: discussing ethics standards in public administration and the upcoming European Parliament Elections

On the second day of the European Network of Ombudsmen (ENO) conference, participants, including Parliamentary Ombudsman Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon, engaged in pivotal discussions about Ethics Standards in public administrations and the upcoming European Parliament Elections, including the election of the European Ombudsman.

The session commenced with an opening address by the European Ombudsman, Ms Emily O’Reilly, followed by a message from Vera Jourova, Vice President for Values and Transparency at the European Commission.

The first session of the day focused on Ethics Standards in public administration. This discussion was particularly timely, considering the corruption scandal in late 2022 that highlighted the need for a robust integrity framework within the EU. The scandal involved allegations of attempts by non-EU governments to influence the European Parliament. The session explored the necessary ethics standards and the most effective ways to uphold them in public administrations.

The second session shifted attention to the European Elections scheduled for 6-9 June 2024. The outcomes of these elections are significant, as they will shape legislation across various sectors, including environmental protection, artificial intelligence, and defence. Moreover, the newly elected Parliament will be responsible for electing the next European Ombudsman. Discussions in this session included projections about the political composition of the Parliament for the 2024 – 2029 term and detailed the procedure and timeline for the election of the European Ombudsman.

These discussions underscore the ongoing commitment of the ENO to uphold high standards of ethics in public administration and to ensure a transparent and democratic process in the election of key positions within the European Union.

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