The Ombudsman receives a courtesy visit from Dr George Hyzler, Member of the European Court of Auditors

The Ombudsman, Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon, received a courtesy visit from Dr George Hyzler, Member of the European Court of Auditors (ECA).

The ECA plays a crucial role in ensuring the financial accountability and transparency of the European Union. Its responsibilities include auditing EU finances, aiding EU institutions and Member States in better managing and supervising EU funds, setting standards in auditing, and working closely with national audit institutions to ensure robust scrutiny of EU spending across the EU.

During the meeting, Judge Zammit McKeon gave an overview of the work of the Office of the Ombudsman, with special emphasis of the initiatives being undertaken to better the services of the public administration vis-à-vis the person who has a right to those services.  He also made clear his intention to strive towards the introduction into domestic legislation of the right to good administration that is already part and parcel of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU.

Dr Hyzler explained how the ECA’s work is integral to maintaining the financial integrity of the EU, ensuring that funds are used effectively, efficiently, and in accordance with established rules, thereby fostering and reinforcing trust among EU citizens. He also defined his role as Chair of the ECA Ethics Committee, which upholds a robust ethical framework guided by independence, integrity, objectivity, transparency, and professional behaviour.

Judge Zammit McKeon and Dr Hyzler agreed on the importance of public awareness on the proper and correct use of EU funds across member states. They underlined the necessity of making known and easily accessible to all the good work that both institutions carry out.

At the close of the meeting, Dr Hyzler presented the Ombudsman with the ECA’s Annual Report for 2022.

Dr Hyzler was accompanied by Mr Romuald Kayibanda, Chef de Cabinet; Ms Annette Farrugia, Attaché; and Dr Nikola Soukmandjiev, Member of Cabinet.

The Ombudsman was joined by the Commissioner for Education, Chief Justice Emeritus Vincent De Gaetano; Dr Monica Borg Galea, Head of Investigations; and Mr Jurgen Cassar, Head of Communications and Research.

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