Parliamentary Ombudsman, Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon, made his first official visit to the President of Malta, H.E. George Vella. The courtesy call provided the Ombudsman with an opportunity to discuss his office’s work and future plans since his appointment on March 8.
During the meeting, Judge Zammit McKeon emphasised the responsibility accompanying his unanimous appointment. He expressed his commitment to fulfilling the expectations tied to his constitutional role, particularly when addressing issues of maladministration.
The Ombudsman provided an overview of his office’s activities over the past four months. He informed the President that his vision for the institution will be outlined in the upcoming ‘Ombudsplan 2024’. The strategy aims to make the Ombudsman’s Office more relevant and accessible to the public, improve public administration, and elevate the institution’s profile both locally and internationally.
The Ombudsman also discussed the improved collaboration between his office and the public service. He highlighted ongoing efforts to increase the implementation rate of recommendations made by the Ombudsman and his Commissioners.
Furthermore, President Vella was updated on the upcoming conference co-hosted by the Ombudsman’s Office and the Association of Mediterranean Ombudsmen (AOM) with the theme ‘The Right to Good Administration: Myth, Aspiration, or Reality?’ that will have a lineup of distinguished local and international guests and speakers.
The President thanked the Office of the Ombudsman for the work carried out along the years.
The meeting concluded with the Ombudsman presenting the 2022 Annual Report to President Vella, offering a comprehensive review of his office’s work in the previous year.