Members of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee will travel to Slovakia and Malta in the coming days to assess the rule of law, corruption and the safety of journalists.
According to a European Parliament press release, they will meet members of both governments, police and judicial authorities, journalists and NGOs. Meetings are also scheduled with representatives of the families of murdered journalists Ján Kuciak and Daphne Caruana Galizia.
This delegation will follow up previous missions to both countries after the assassinations of Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová, and Caruana Galizia.
In Slovakia, MEPs are scheduled to meet President Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and representatives of the justice and interior ministries. They will also meet special prosecutors, the national police chief and representatives of other law enforcement bodies, as well as several journalists and editors, and NGOs active in the fields of transparency and fighting corruption.
In Malta, MEPs have scheduled meetings with the justice and tourism ministers, as well as the Attorney General, the Chief of Justice, police authorities and the heads of the Malta Financial Services Authority and the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit.
MEPs will also exchange views with journalists and representatives of the Daphne Project and discuss the situation with NGOs concerned with the rule of law and fighting corruption.