Ombusdman needs to collaborate with MPs for sake of good governance | Tunisia News Gazette

Ombusdman needs to collaborate with MPs for sake of good governance

The decree on the creation of the post of ombudsman needs to be amended to provide for cooperation with parliamentarians as key actors in good governance, said Ombudsman Abdessattar Ben Moussa.

“Before the Revolution, the ombudsman used to submit reports to the Presidency of the Republic or the Prime Ministry,” he Friday told TAP news agency on the fringes of the second day of the first conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie (French: APF) and the International Association of French-speaking Ombudsman (French: AOMF) held on the theme: “Parliamentarians and Ombudsmen, Actors of Good Governance.”

There is need to discuss legislative amendments with MPs, hence the need to make changes to the existing law, he indicated.

The office of ombudsman seeks to monitor the conduct of the administration and assesses the quality and efficiency of services through citizens’ complaints. “We need to find solutions, enforce decisions and propose amendments,” he underlined.

MP Kalthoum Badreddine said there is no direct relationship between the ombudsman and parliamentarians. The responsibility of monitoring the performance of the administration falls on both the HPR and the ombudsman, though.

Abdessattar Ben Moussa Thursday said it is of paramount importance to submit the annual report of the institution to a cabinet meeting and spell out recommendations for improved action and to address administrative irregularities.

Several Tunisian and European members of parliament and ombudsmen took part in this two-day conference held in Gammarth, Tunis northern suburbs.

Source: TAP News Agency

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