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Fri, 24 August 2012

Ombudsman News 23/2012

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IOI BY-LAWS REFORM: Final draft has been sent to members

In response to the needs and concerns identified during this regional consultation in spring 2012 , the Board achieved a revised draft document which was sent to all members via Email in August 2012. All members are once again requested to thoroughly consider the revised draft and send final comments as soon as possible but no later than 15 September 2012.

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IOI Directory: Annual Update

In its ongoing efforts to increase the value of the IOI to its members and offer concrete membership services, General Secretariat has sent the draft version of the new IOI membership directory for information and feedback to its members.

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CANADA/ONTARIO: Toronto SYT Training scheduled for January 2013

Ontario Ombudsman André Marin announced that registration was now open for the latest edition of “Sharpening Your Teeth”, his office's training course for administrative investigators, taking place from 21st to 23rd January 2013 in Toronto.

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CAYMAN ISLANDS: Own Motion Investigation on health and safety at work

The Office of the Complaints Commissioner of the Cayman Islands recently published an Own Motion Investigation focusing on health and safety at work. The report scrutinizes the state of health and safety in the construction industry in the Cayman Islands – a regulatory infrastructure which, if not improved, could collapse at any moment.

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AUSTRIA: AOB recommendations regarding prohibition of discrimination implemented

Already twice, the AOB submitted a recommendation to the Federal Government requesting it to ensure an effective and uniform enforcement of the prohibition of discrimination based on ethnic origin. An amendment to the Administrative Procedure Acts now takes into consideration the AOB recommendations.

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ISRAEL: Joseph Shapiro is the new State Comptroller and Ombudsman

Judge (ret) Joseph Shapira has been elected by Israeli Parliament to serve as State Comptroller and Ombudsman of Israel. During the ceremony President Shimon Peres emphasized the importance of the institution: ”Bureaucracy cannot exist without review. The independence of review is of enormous importance."

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SPAIN: Soledad Becerril new Defensora del Pueblo de España

As of 23 July 2012, Soledad Becerril Bustamante is the new national Ombudswoman of Spain. Her appointment was approved by both Congress and Senate on 17 and 18 July 2012. Becerril is the first woman to take over this position. She has longstanding experience in the political field. In 1981 she became the first female Minister by assuming the department of culture.

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SERBIA: Ombudsman Jankovic re-elected

The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia re-elected Mr Saša Jankovic as Protector of Citizens (Ombudsman). Mr Jankovic was elected for a new five-year term with the consensus of all parliamentary parties.

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Mr Colin Neave AM was formally appointed as the Commonwealth Ombudsman on 16 August 2012. Mr Neave's appointment follows an open merit-based selection process, in accordance with the Guidelines established by the Government in 2008. His appointment is for a period of five years commencing on 17 September 2012.

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BIOA: Annual Report 2011

The British and Irish Ombudsman Association (BIOA) recently published its Annual Report 2011. The report covers the various events the Association has been organizing in the past year. Further topics are the external relations of the Association, its current work program as well an introduction to the six special interest groups of the Association.

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