The Parliamentary Ombudsman is participating at the 13th IOI World Conference in the Hague

From left to right: The Ombudsman of Ukraine, Dmytro Lubinets, the Ombudsman of Greece, Andreas Pottakis, the Ombudsman of Netherlands, Reinier van Zupthen and the Parliamentary Ombudsman of Malta, Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon

The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Judge Joseph Zammit McKeon, is attending the 13th IOI World Conference 2024, held in The Hague from 12 to 17 May. The conference, themed ‘Act Together for Our Tomorrow’, is hosted by the National Ombudsman of the Netherlands.

On the first day, Judge McKeon participated in the inaugural meeting of the new IOI European Region. The Ombudsman elected to the board last December, engaged in his first session at this gathering.

The European Region meeting reviewed the work of the outgoing board, including an update about peer reviews conducted in the UK. Discussions also covered the recently launched Ombudsman Learning Academy in Manchester and a guide on ethical principles for ombudspersons and their staff.

Further, the meeting addressed the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the conflict between Israel and Palestine in the Middle East.

This session marked the transition from the outgoing European Regional Board to the incoming members. The current Chairman of the European Regional Board, Andreas Pottakis, Ombudsman of Greece, expressed gratitude to the departing members and welcomed the new board, led by the newly elected Chair, Mr. Reinier van Zutphen, Ombudsman of the Netherlands.


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