The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon, paid a courtesy visit to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Anġlu Farrugia, following his recent appointment as Ombudsman.
During the meeting, the Ombudsman expressed his gratitude to the Speaker for the unwavering support his office has always received. The meeting serves as a testament to the Speaker’s accessibility and his high respect for the institution.
In addition, the Ombudsman emphasised the importance of bringing the Office of the Ombudsman closer to the people and making it more relevant to society. He stated that he wants to ensure that the Ombudsman’s office remains accessible to everyone and that it continues to serve as a platform for addressing the concerns of those who feel that they suffered an act of maladministration.
Speaker Anġlu Farrugia, in turn, expressed his appreciation for the valuable work carried out by the Ombudsman and his Commissioners. He also acknowledged the need for Parliament to find an appropriate mechanism to discuss the reports submitted by the Ombudsman to Parliament.
The Ombudsman was accompanied by the Commissioner for Environment and Planning, Perit Alan Saliba; the Commissioner for Education, Chief Justice Emeritus Vincent De Gaetano; and the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ray Galea.