Vote on the Election of the Ombudsman (second and third ballots):
- extracts from the vote
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 03/07/2013 First transmission: 03/07/2013
Emily O’REILLY (Ireland) was elected today by the European Parliament as the new Ombudsman. The Irish candidate is the first woman ever to assume the role of Ombudsman for the European Institutions. In 32003, Emily O'Reilly, an author and former journalist and broadcaster, already became Ireland's first female Ombudsman in 2003. The European Ombudsman is incharge of investigating complaints about maladministration in the EU institutions and bodies. A second and third ballot was necessary as on Tuesday none of the candidates gathered a majority of votes. To be elected, a candidate needs to win a majority of votes (50%+1). If, after two ballots, no candidate attains this threshold, there will be a third ballot with only the two highest-scoring candidates from previous votes. The new Ombudsman will exercise his or her duties till the successor takes office, after next European elections, on 22-25 May 2014.
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||EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
||Martin SCHULZ (S&D, DE), EP President, explains the system of the last two ballots, opens the vote, (2 shots)
||vote second round: in total 688, + 680 abstentions 048 :
Oomen-Ruijten Ria 248 /
O'Reilly Emily 232 /
Roth-Behrendt Dagmar 120 /
Speroni Francesco 040 / :
||vote 3rd round for two candidates, Ms Oomen-Ruijten and Ms O'Reilly:
Total: 635, 36 abstentions, 259 for Ms Oomen-Ruijten, 359 vote for Emily O'Reilly, applause, (10 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Maroš ŠEFCOVIC, European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration :
"Ms O'Reilly you will exercise an utmost challenging and demanding job. And the Commission will be one of your main partners since the Commission is the main EU institution that adopts decision having direct impact on citizens. As before the Commission will make strongest efforts to find a positive outcome to the issues raised through settlements, friendly solutions or recommendations , it is important that we together get the message across the European Union and its institutions care about people needs and problems and to do everything that is in their power to address them in concrete way."