O’Reilly faces battle to keep European ombudsman role

The former journalist’s investigations into high-profile EU figures could hurt her re-election chances

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
15th December, 2019
O’Reilly faces battle to keep European ombudsman role
Emily O‘Reilly, European Ombudsman. Picture: European Commission

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly is facing a tough battle to retain her €268,000 role amid fears that her investigations into high-profile EU figures could hurt her re-election campaign.

MEPs are set to vote on Tuesday on the next ombudsman, with O’Reilly expected to face a strong challenge from Estonian judge Julia Laffranque who outstripped her in terms of nominations to run for the post.

Laffranque got the backing of 90 MEPs...

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