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Ms O'Reilly will succeed Nikiforos Diamondouros, who has served as European Ombudsman since 2003. She has been the Irish Ombudsman for the last ten years and is a former journalist and broadcaster.
The European Ombudsman office in Strasbourg is responsible for investigating complaints about maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union. The office is enshrined in Article 43 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
The FRA congratulates Ms O'Reilly on her election as European Ombudsman and looks forward to collaborating with her. The FRA also expresses its appreciation to Mr Diamondouros for his engaged dedication to the office over the last ten years and for his collaboration with the Agency.