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2.    Nominations must have the support of at least 40 Members who are nationals of at least two Member States. Each Member may support only one nomination. Nominations shall include all the supporting documents needed to show conclusively that the nominee fulfils the conditions required by the Regulations on the Ombudsman.3.    Nominations shall be forwarded to the committee responsible, which may ask to hear the nominees. Such hearings shall be open to all Members.4.    A list of admissible nominations in alphabetical order shall then be submitted to the vote of Parliament.5.    The vote shall be held by secret ballot on the basis of a majority of the total number of votes cast. The eldest candidate shall prevail in the event of any tie.6.    Before opening the vote, the President shall confirm that at least half of Parliament’s component Members are present.7.    The appointed person shall immediately be called upon to take an oath before the Court of Justice.8.    The Ombudsman shall exercise his duties until his successor takes office, except in the case of his death or dismissal.On 14th March the European Ombudsman, Nikiforos Diamandouros, informed The EP with his intention to retire on 1 October 2013. Mr Diamandouros was elected European Ombudsman in 2003 and re-elected in 2005 and 2010.Emily O’REILLY was elected European Ombudsman on 3 July 2013 with 359 votes. Rule 206  : Dismissal of the Ombudsman1.    One tenth of Parliament’s component Members may request the Ombudsman’s dismissal if he no longer fulfils the conditions required for the performance of his duties or is guilty of serious misconduct.2.    The request shall be forwarded to the Ombudsman and to the committee responsible, which, if decided in favour by the majority of members , shall submit a report to Parliament. If he so requests, the Ombudsman shall be heard before the report is put to the vote. Parliament shall, following a debate, take a decision by secret ballot.3.    As per the appointment procedure, before opening the vote, the President shall ensure that half of Parliament’s component Members are present.4.    If the vote is in favour of the Ombudsman’s dismissal and he does not resign accordingly the President shall, at the latest by the part-session following that at which the vote was held, apply to the Court of Justice to have the Ombudsman dismissed with a request for a ruling to be given without delay. Resignation by the Ombudsman shall terminate the procedure.Rule 205  : Activities of the Ombudsman1.    The Ombudsman shall, inform Parliament of cases of maladministration, on which the committee responsible may draw up a report. The Ombudsman shall also, submit a report to Parliament at the end of each annual session on the outcome of his inquiries. The committee responsible shall draw up a report thereon which shall be submitted to Parliament for debate.2.    The Ombudsman may also provide the committee responsible with information at its request, or be heard by it on his own initiative.Strategy for the mandateIn 2010 Ombudsman P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, set up the European Ombudsman’s strategy, providing a clear statement of the Ombudsman’s mission, aspirations and guiding principles. The strategy outlines a series of objectives and priorities, which are designed to achieve the Ombudsman’s overarching aim of ensuring that EU citizens enjoy their rights fully and enhancing the quality of the EU administration.