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Parliamentary questions
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21 September 2018
E-004774-18
Question for written answer E-004774-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Richard Sulík (ECR)

 Subject:  Reforming the procedure for appointing Slovakia's national police chief and reorganising the national police inspectorate
 Answer in writing 

In paragraph 18 of the European Parliament’s resolution ‘Protection of investigative journalists in Europe: the case of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová’ of 19 April 2018, Members call on the Slovak Government and Parliament to take all necessary measures to restore public confidence in state institutions, including the police.

In addition, in section V they highlight the serious concerns expressed by NGO representatives about possible conflicts of interest, for example between the Interior Minister and the national police chief. The resolution also criticised the absence of an independent body with the power to investigate complaints against the police.

In Slovakia, reforming the procedure for appointing the national police chief and reorganising the police inspectorate are currently under discussion. However, the ruling coalition has already put forward specific proposals that have been criticised by NGOs, the opposition and even the Slovak President.

1. Is the Commission monitoring the aforementioned reform as regards respect for the principles of rule of law and the values of the EU, as set out in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union?

2. Has the Commission issued recommendations to Slovakia on what rules should govern the reform of the appointment of the national police chief in the light of the European Parliament resolution on the need to restore citizens’ trust in state institutions?

3. Has the Commission issued recommendations to Slovakia regarding the absence of an independent body with the power to investigate complaints against the police?

Original language of question: SK 
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