The Role Of The Eu Ombudsman

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Sӧderman became the first EU Ombudsman in 1995 after the institution was adopted by all of EU’s members. The role of the EU Ombudsman combined the Nordic and the Central/Southern European traditional functions and extended to control of the legal system of the EU. The opposition to the proposed EU institution indicates that some EU parliamentary representatives were afraid of losing power. The early years of the EU Ombudsman were marked by challenges to good governance. Most recently, there is a constant rise of the caseload for the institution, while the resolutions have been steady in number. Overall, the institutions of EU Ombudsman is plagued by a lack of legitimacy because it is not well-known by the public and legitimacy is contingent on public recognition.
The effects outlined in the preceding paragraphs are amplified because these is an overall limited interaction of the public and EU institutions at large. Because of these limitations, these two major supranational EU institutions currently don’t meet the demands of new political realities successfully. Furthermore, these shortcomings to an extend undermine the quality of democracy in the EU, because they indicate that the EU institutional structure is not responsive enough to its constituents. Therefore, in its’ current form, they cannot be effective in promoting democratization successfully in the new Eastern European additions from the Balkans either.

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