European Ombudsman Diamandouros announces retirement

European Ombudsman Nikiforos Diamandouros is to retire on October 1, according to a letter he sent on Thursday to European Parliament President Martin Schulz.

“The time has come for me to look beyond my public life at the European Union level, and to seek to resume my erstwhile role as a scholar and student of, rather than as an actor in, public life,” wrote Diamandouros, who will have completed 10 years in the post at the end of this month.