In accordance with the provisions of the Ombudsman Act, the Ombudsman, Mr Anthony C. Mifsud, presented the Ombudsplan 2020 to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon. Anglu Farrugia.
The Ombudsplan 2020 outlines the 25 principles adopted by the Venice Commission aimed at protecting and promoting ombudsman institutions. Ombudsman institutions now have a unique international reference text listing the legal principles essential to their establishment and functioning in a democratic society: The Principles for the Protection and Promotion of the Institution of the Ombudsman, or “The Venice Principles”.
The Ombudsplan also compares the ‘Venice Principles’ to the Maltese legislation and makes recommendations how the Ombudsman legislation can be strengthened to make the work of the Ombudsman more effective and efficient.
At a later stage, the document will be discussed during a special sitting of the House Business Committee.