Safety of journalists and (mis)use of EU funds in Slovakia
Following the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová, the safety of journalists in Slovakia and across the EU will be debated on Wednesday afternoon.
MEPs will also discuss Mr Kuciak’s revelations in his last article, published posthumously, about alleged misuse of EU funds in Slovakia and potential links between organised crime groups and Slovak politicians. The debate will be wound up by a resolution to be voted on in the next plenary session.
Parliament also sent an ad-hoc delegation of six MEPs on a two-day fact-finding mission to Slovakia on Wednesday 7 March to look into the situation on the ground.
Parliament honoured the memory of Mr Kuciak and Ms Kušnírová with a minute’s silence at its plenary session on 28 February. Its President Antonio Tajani strongly condemned the murders, stressing that the freedom of press must be ensured and calling on the Slovak authorities to “uncover the truth”.
Debate: Wednesday, 14 March
Vote: April plenary
Procedure: Council and Commission statements followed by a debate and a resolution