Síndic holds opening ceremony of new head offices


The Catalan Ombudsman, Rafael Ribó, and the President of the Catalan Parliament, Ernest Benach

More than 200 people gathered at the Catalan Ombudsman Office to celebrate the grand opening ceremony of the institution's new headquarters at Passeig de Lluís Companys 7 in Barcelona. Among them, the Spanish Ombudsman, Enrique Múgica, the Ombudsman of Sweden, Mats Mellin, the Catalan Minister of Home Affairs, Institutional Relations and Participation, Joan Saura, the Mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu and the President of the Catalan Parliament, Ernest Benach. They all delivered speeches at the event.

Coinciding with the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, they praised the Síndic's role as an institution for the defence of rights. Rafael Ribó reminded the Ombudman has experienced a record increase of complaints over the last few years and the former headquarters were too small to allocate the whole staff.

Ministers from the Catalan government, members of the Parliament, ombudsmen from other Spanish autonomous regions, local and universities ombudsman and the Síndic's staff attended the event as well. 

A concert by Raimon and a guided visit to the exhibition "Opening Doors to Rights" completed the opening ceremony.