||General atmosphere before the formal sitting
||Arrival of the judges of the Court of Justice of the EU
||Statement by Vassilios Skouris, President of the Court of Justice of the EU, (in FRENCH) that the Court is meeting today to receive the solemn undertaking of the new European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly; asking the registrar to read out the EP’s decision on the appointment of the European Ombudsman.
||Statement by Alfredo Calot Escobar, registrar at the Court of Justice of the EU, (in FRENCH) reading out the EP’s decision on the appointment of Emily O’Reilly, the new European Ombudsman.
||Statement by Vassilios Skouris (in FRENCH) that Article 228 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU provides for the election by the EP of ombudsmen empowered to receive complaints about instances of maladministration in the activities of Union institutions, bodies or agencies; on the subject of Article 204, paragraph 7 of the EP’s Rules of Procedure, the person elected shall immediately be called upon to take an oath before the Court of Justice of the EU; this undertaking before the Court reflects the importance of the rule of law as a fundamental principle of the EU; explaining the role of the European Ombudsman; paying tribute to Nikiforos Diamandouros, outgoing European Ombudsman; giving a brief description of Emily O’Reilly; inviting Emily O'Reilly to give the solemn undertaking.
||Solemn undertaking by Emily O'Reilly
||Statement by Vassilios Skouris (in FRENCH) acknowledging the solemn undertaking given by Emily O'Reilly and giving her the floor.
||Oath-taking by Emily O'Reilly
||Vassilios Skouris closes the sitting