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Monday April 3rd, 2017

8.30 h Registration

9.00 h Opening Ceremony

Carme Forcadell, President of the Parliament of Catalonia
Peter Tyndall, Ombudsman of Ireland, President of the IOI
Soledad Becerril, Ombudsman of Spain
Rafael Ribó, Ombudsman of Catalonia, President of IOI Europe

10.00 h First session: Political populism and its impact on human rights: European Treaties, Human Rights Codes and patterns to be considered

Chairperson: Soledad Becerril, Ombudsman of Spain

Presentation: Nils Muižnieks, European Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe

10.45 h Coffee Break

11.15 h Discussants

Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the Fundamental Rights Agency  of the European Union

Peter Tyndall, Ombudsman of Ireland, President of the IOI

Lora Vidović, Ombudsman of Croatia, Chair of ENNHRI’s

Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy of Human Rights Watch

General discussion

13.30 h Lunch

14.30 h Second session: Case studies I. Legislation, public policies and human rights regressions: Ombudsman reports and own initiatives

Chairperson: Javier Amoedo, Ombudsman of Castile-Leon


Adam Bodnar, Ombudsman of Poland

Jacques Toubon, Ombudsman of France, Secretary-General of AOM and AOMF


Catherine de Bruecker, Federal Ombudsman of Belgium, Vice President of IOI Europe

Günther Krauter, Ombudsman of Austria, Secretary-General of the IOI

Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay, Deputy Comissioner for Fundamental Rights of the Ombudsman of Hungary

Marie Anderson, Ombudsman of Northern Ireland

General discussion

17.30 h End of First Day

18.30 h Visit to the Museum Picasso and reception
Reserved to IOI members and speakers

Tuesday April 4th– 2017

8.30 h Third session: Case studies II. Regression of rights in situations

of emergency and migration crisis: Ombudsman monitoring tools

Chairperson: Jerónimo Saavedra, Ombudsman of the Canary Islands

Presentation: Emily O’Reilly, Ombudsman of the EU


Seref Malkoç, Ombudsman of Turkey

Gero Storjohann, Petition Commission of the Bundestag, FRG

Manuel Lezertua, Ombudsman of the Basque Country

Andreas Pottakis, Ombudsman of Greece

General discussion

11.00 h Coffee Break

11.30 h Fourth session: Best practices, human rights, networks and the models of the Ombudsman: panel debate

Chairperson: Milagros Otero, Ombudsman of Galicia


Petri Jaaskelainem, Ombudsman of Finland

Anna Šabatová, Ombudsman of the Czech Republic

Reinier Van Zutphen, Ombudsman of the Netherlands

Rafael Ribó, Ombudsman of Catalonia, President of IOI Europe

General discussion

13.30 h Barcelona Declaration

Jaume Saura, Deputy Ombudsman of Catalonia

13.45 h Closing Ceremony

Carles Puigdemont, President of the Government of Catalonia

14.00 h End of workshop