Ombudsman election - hearings of candidates:
extracts from the hearing of
- Alex BRENNINKMEIJER
- Markus JAEGER
- Ria OOMEN-RUIJTEN
EP Committee on Petitions
EPRef93962 // European Parliament , Brussels,
Première transmission: 18/06/2013
European Parliament, Brussels
Fin de production: 18/06/2013
As Nikiforos DIAMANDOUROS is stepping down as Europe's new Ombudsman, six eligible candidates are to be questioned by the EP's Committee on Petitions. The hearing will help MEPs decide who they should vote for during the July plenary session. The first to be questioned was Alex BRENNINKMEIJER who is currently the Dutch national ombudsman, a position he has gained in 2005. He was followed in the hearings by Markus JAEGER a German who works for the Council of Europe's office of the human rights commissioner. The last one to participate in the morning session hearings was Ria OOMEN-RUIITEN, a Dutch member of the EPP group. EP president Martin Schulz announced the names of the eligible candidates during the May plenary in Strasbourg.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Brussels
||Cutaway , Alex BRENNINKMEIJER, EU Ombudsman candidate
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Alex BRENNINKMEIJER, EU Ombudsman candidate,"In the past 30 years , I have gained a broad experience as a judge, vice president of a Court of Appeal and as law professor, I was Dean of the faculty of Law of Leiden 's University and I am a negotiation specialist."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Alex BRENNINKMEIJER, EU Ombudsman candidate,"" I am a creative innovator , resolute but with a kind hand . During the last 8 years the office of the Dutch national Ombudsman has been transformed into an easy, sensible centre for citizens and government agencies who want to improve their services."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Alex BRENNINKMEIJER, EU Ombudsman candidate,"over emphasizing the legal dimension is not a good thing , however at the same time, legal knowledge is an important thing for Ombudsman."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Alex BRENNINKMEIJER, EU Ombudsman candidate,""The Ombudsman must fight relentlessly for Human rights and good governance, because respect for good governance and fundamental rights convince citizens that Institutions deal in their interests in fair way."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Alex BRENNINKMEIJER, EU Ombudsman candidate,""Transparency and fairness touch me deeply. not only as a lawyer, as an academic or as an Ombudsman but also as a human being and for that reason I am highly motivated to start as the new European Ombudsman."
||Cutaway Markus JAGER, EU Ombudsman candidate
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Markus JAEGER , EU Ombudsman candidate,"Thank you for this opportunity to present you with the second features of my candidacy and my vision for the office of European Ombudsman.."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Markus JAEGER , EU Ombudsman candidate,"Defending other people 's freedoms and liberties is my profession. In 1989 I joined the Council of Europe, the Wall has just come down , I was in the Mecca of Human Rights."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Markus JAEGER , EU Ombudsman candidate,"Many fellow European citizens are not lucky as I am. They have placed their hope in Europe for a good life. But their lives are hard now. In their growing despair they blame Europe for not delivering on its promises. They are ready to give up on Europe. Personally I do not think that less Europe will improve their situation , right to the contrary , but a better performing and more human Europe would."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Markus JAEGER , EU Ombudsman candidate,""My personal independence, human rights expertise, comparative knowledge of Institutions of Ombudsman and extensive international experience suggest me as the person to lead the institution into its new phase."
||Cutaway on Ria OOMEN-RUIJTEN , EU Ombudsman candidate,"
||SOUNDBITE (Dutch) by Ria OOMEN-RUIJTEN , EU Ombudsman candidate," My personal motto is to be available to be approachable and this comes from a deeply anchored feeling I have for justice which is something I have from my own upbringing and above all respect for human beings"
||SOUNDBITE (Dutch) by Ria OOMEN-RUIJTEN , EU Ombudsman candidate, "Citizens are being confronted directly by decisions that are being taken in Europe and which have consequences in their daily lives and we can be talking about pensions or social security payment benefits and so on and the ombudsman of course is not going to solve all this problems but the institutions of the Ombudsman can help and produce a positive impact on truth."
||SOUNDBITE (Dutch) by Ria OOMEN-RUIJTEN , EU Ombudsman candidate," The Ombudsman is not a politician and in particular once the Ombudsman is appointed , there is certainly no longer a politician and his political considerations, he puts them to one side and that moment and when you are an Ombudsman you are independent by nature .and there is even a procedure that you could use to get rid of an ombudsman."
||Cutaways (3 shots)