The Ombudsman meets the Permanent Representative of Malta to the EU

The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon, had a courtesy meeting with the H.E. Ambassador Marlene Bonnici, the Permanent Representative of Malta to the European Union in Brussels.

During their meeting, Ambassador Bonnici outlined the pivotal function of the Permanent Representation in representing Malta within the Council of the European Union and in liaising with key institutions such as the European Parliament and the European Commission. The Permanent Representative further detailed the engagement that takes place in the run-up to formal meetings involving experts from the Representation, who actively participate in the myriad consultations and discussions held among Member States and EU institutions, contributing to the evolution of EU legislation.

In response, the Ombudsman explained the purpose behind these courtesy calls: to promote better communication and understanding across different fora and to highlight the role of the Ombudsman in championing good administration. In fact, in October, the Ombudsman in Malta, as Secretary General and Treasurer of the Association of the Ombudsman of the Mediterranean, is organising an international conference in Malta that will focus on the right to good administration that is crucial to strengthening Ombudsman offices and promoting a radical shift in mentality, ensuring that public administrations operate transparently, accountably, and treat people fairly without improper discrimination.

The meeting was also attended by H.E. Clint Tanti, Ambassador of Malta to Belgium and Luxembourg and Permanent Representative of Malta to NATO. and Ms Martina Portelli, Chef de Cabinet of the Permanent Representative of Malta to the EU. The Ombudsman was accompanied by Mr Paul Borg, Director General and Mr Jurgen Cassar, Head of Communications and Research.

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