Following the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová, the safety of journalists across the EU will be debated on Wednesday from 15.45.
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 based on the findings of a six-strong ad hoc delegation of MEPs who visited Slovakia on 8 - 9 March to look into the situation on the ground. It will be wound up by a resolution, to be voted during the 16 - 19 April plenary session in Strasbourg.
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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 freedom of press must be ensured and calling on the Slovak authorities to uncover the truth.
Debate: Wednesday, 14 March, from around 16:00
Vote on a resolution: 16-19 April plenary session
Procedure: Council and Commission statements followed by a debate and a resolution