Accountability in the EU
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Accountability in the EU

The Role of the European Ombudsman

Edited by Herwig C.H. Hofmann and Jacques Ziller

In the first interdisciplinary work focused on the European Ombudsman, expert observers of EU institutional affairs provide a thorough evaluation of the Ombudsman and its constitutional role, powers, activities and future potential. The book addresses the Ombudsman’s impact on accountability in the EU’s executive branch and offers new suggestions for the further development of the practice of ‘ombuds review’.
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Chapter 10: Variations around the O-word: the European Ombudsman from Médiateur to Garante? Some concluding remarks

Jacques Ziller


The concluding chapter of this book highlights the different meanings of the official title of the European Ombudsman in different language versions of the treaties, such as Bürgerbeauftragter, Defensor del Pueblo, Ombudsman, Médiateur/Mediatore, Provedor de Justiça, etc., and the correspondent title of the national ombudsmen in Member States, where they exist. As a matter of fact, those different official titles have, each of them, a specific closer relationship to one or the other functions of the EO such as they are analysed in the different chapters of the volume.

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