Strategic conversation with Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman

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COVID-19’s spread across Europe has been a test of stability and solidarity for the EU and its member states. While this moment of crisis has required quick reactions and tough decisions, policymakers should remember that commitment to transparency and democratic institutions must remain at the centre of such measures. This Strategic Conversation with European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly will look at what the pandemic has revealed about European democracy and potential future challenges.

This new Strategic Conversations series invites key policymakers to share their views on a range of important and strategically relevant issues through interviews with senior thinkers on the Friends of Europe team.

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Questions include:

  • How can the EU and its member states engage in quick crisis response, while also communicating decisions – and the logic behind them – to citizens in a timely manner?
  • What new challenges have arisen for the office of the European Ombudsman as it carries out its mandate of holding EU institutions to account?
  • The pandemic has brought forth a number of questions about democracy and transparency in Europe – what are the key challenges and implications for the future?

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Emily O’Reilly

European Ombudsman

moderator

Shada Islam

Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe

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Emily O’Reilly
Emily O’Reilly

European Ombudsman

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Emily O’Reilly has served as the European Ombudsman since July 2013. In her role, she investigates maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union. She was awarded Schwarzkopf Europe Award in 2017 and the Prague European Summit Vision for Europe Award 2018 in recognition of her work. Prior to being elected to her current office, O’Reilly served as the first female Ombudsman and Information Commissioner in Ireland and was additionally appointed Commissioner for Environmental Information in 2007. A former journalist, author and political editor, she has received numerous accolades, including Woman Journalist of the Year in 1986 and Journalist of the Year in 1994.

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Shada Islam

Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe

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Shada works on issues related to the future of Europe, minority and integration challenges as well as on Europe’s relations with emerging nations. She set up the Asia Programme for Friends of Europe in 2011 and also leads its work on development issues. She is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and continues to write for leading international publications.

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