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Luncheon June 2012.Speaker: Mr. Diamanturos European Ombudsman
The European Ombudsman (Ευροπαικο συνηγορος του πολιτη, European Citizen Advocate, Defensor del Pueblo Europeo) in Strasbourg, Mr. P. Nikiforos Diamandouros was the guest speaker at an event organized on Friday, June 21st by the Hellenic-Spanish Chamber of Commerce. The event - a working luncheon took place at Fuga restaurant, in the Athens Concert Hall.
Mr. Diamanduros explained what an Obursman is, how the European Ombudsman works and shared with us some thoughts concerning the norms and principles of good administration as practiced by the European Ombudsman. The speech started with a brief historical introduction of the institution following by the description of the institution and their actions. As it was explained, the Ombudsman has power to carry out inquiries into allegations of maladministration in the activities of the Union's institutions, bodies, offices and agencies, with the exception of the Court of Justice, when acting in its judicial role. He can act either on his own initiative or in response to complaints and he is completely independent in the exercise of his duties.
The event was attended by the Commercial Counselor, several businessmen and representatives of Spanish companies located in Greece and Greek companies operating in Spain.