Rule of law in Slovakia, Bulgaria: MEPs to meet with government, NGOs and media

(Credit: Unsplash)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will travel to Slovakia and Bulgaria to assess respect for the rule of law there, as part of their ongoing monitoring of the situation across the EU

The delegation will include the following MEPs:

You may contact the Chair of the delegation Sophie IN ‘T VELD through her policy advisor Christian KROEKEL: christian.kroekel@europarl.europa.eu as well as the other members of the delegation directly (find their contact details clicking on their names).

Slovakia: protection of journalists and justice reform

In Bratislava, MEPs will meet with the families of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová, as well as with civil society representatives, including NGOs and journalists. They also plan to meet the Prime Minister of Slovakia Eduard Heger and several ministers, the National Council Committee on Culture and Media, judges of the Supreme Court and high level law-enforcement officials. During their visit, MEPs are likely to discuss the ongoing judicial inquiry into the murder of Kuciak and Kušnírová, the reform of Slovakia’s justice system, the protection of journalists and whistleblowers, and media freedom.

A press conference will take place on Wednesday 22 September (+/- 16.30) at the European Parliament’s office in Bratislava.

Media enquiries in relation to the EP delegation to Slovakia should be directed to Parliament’s press officer in Bratislava Jan JAKUBOV : jan.jakubov@europarl.europa.eu

Bulgaria: media freedom and fight against corruption

In their first visit to Bulgaria, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will meet with various civil society organisations, as well as top state and government officials, including the President, the Prime Minister (TBC) and several ministers (TBC), the Ombudsman and the Chief Public Prosecutor. MEPs are expected to raise with them issues related to the rule of law, including media freedom and the fight against corruption.

A press conference will take place on Friday 24 September (+/- 14.30) at the European Parliament’s office in Sofia.

Media enquiries in relation to the EP delegation to Bulgaria should be directed to the Parliament’s press officers in Sofia Biliana TZARNORETCHKA: biliana.tzarnoretchka@europarl.europa.eu and Kalina VARBANOVA kalina.varbanova@europarl.europa.eu

Background

The Civil Liberties Committee’s Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Monitoring Group builds on the work of a previous group, set up in June 2018 in the aftermath of the murders of the Maltese blogger and journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, and of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová. With a mandate running to 31 December 2021, the Group focuses its work on threats to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights, as well as the fight against corruption within the EU, across all Member States.

The European Parliament sent several delegations to Slovakia following the murder of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová in 2018. A first delegation, organised jointly by the Civil Liberties and Budgetary Control committees, visited Slovakia in March 2018. A visit of the Civil Liberties Committee followed in September, as part of a delegation which also covered Malta, and in December 2018, MEPs from the Committee on Budgetary Control travelled to the country.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Why the foundations of the modern world are costing the earth

World Cancer Day: Early cervical cancer diagnosis could save lives of over 300,000 women

Covid-19 crisis shows supply chains need to embrace new technologies

What is adversarial artificial intelligence and why does it matter?

MEPs want to ensure sufficient funding for Connecting Europe’s future

Two out of every five American couples now meet online

Trade defence report: restoring the level playing field for European producers

Peace operations benefit from improved cooperation between the UN and troop-providing countries, says peacekeeping chief

Switzerland has the most highly skilled workers in the world. This is why

Infringement – Commission takes Italy to Court for its incomplete regime of access to genetic resources

Capital Markets Union: Making it easier for insurers to invest in the real economy

Venezuela: ‘A worrying destabilizing factor in the region’, Bachelet tells Human Rights Council

How cocoa farming can help stop deforestation

Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’ says UN Assembly chief

A Year in China

Drug laws must be amended to ‘combat racial discrimination’, UN experts say

What UK and EU risk if Brexit “wins” these elections

€200 million to promote European agri-food products in and outside the EU

Palliative care and Universal Health Coverage: how to advocate for the inclusion of palliative care in UHC

Eurozone in trouble after Nicosia’s ‘no’

Questions and Answers on the EU Digital Covid Certificate

The Shifting Rhythms of Harmonious China: Ancient, Modern & Eternal

Obsolete tech is clogging up global trade. Here’s how to unblock it

Rebuilding after COVID: The challenge is digital

UNIDO promotes post-harvest excellence for mangoes in the Mekong River Delta of Viet Nam

Palliative Care: a human right

Collective action now, the only way to meet global challenges, Guterres reaffirms in annual report

NHS: A great healthcare system but how accessible is it to migrants?

Sub10 Systems @ MWC14: Bridging the Ethernet of the Future

Citizens to be the cornerstone of the Conference on the Future of Europe

Lessons learnt, unlearnt or re-learnt? Analyzing the third wave of COVID-19

The post-pandemic future of work – according to 3,000 CEOs from around the world

Growing a new coral reef in a fraction of the time with a fragment of the coral

Poland: €676 million worth of EU investments in better rails and roads

Main results of EU-Japan summit: Tokyo, 17/07/2018

Ocean life faces ‘onslaught of threats’ from human activity, but tools exist to save it

270 million people are migrants, who send home a staggering $689 billion

Human rights: breaches in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sudan

Climate action ‘both a priority and a driver of the decade’: Guterres

Coronavirus Global Response: WHO and Commission launch the Facilitation Council to strengthen global collaboration

As tech disrupts our jobs, it’s not too late to turn pain into gain

State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Italian guarantee scheme to support trade credit insurance market in the context of the coronavirus outbreak

Teachers launch a free ebook to help children cope with the pandemic

COVID-19 has been a setback for women. Gender-responsive policies can stem the losses

How COVID-19 vaccine efforts could help defeat other diseases

European financial values on the rise

Human Rights breaches in Iran, Kazakhstan and Guatemala

COVID-19: EU helps to deliver vaccines to Moldova and medical items to Montenegro and North Macedonia

UN Human Rights chief urges Venezuela to halt grave rights violations

West Bank: ‘imminent’ demolition of Palestinian village could be ‘war crime’ – ICC Prosecutor

Cities will lead the electric transport revolution. Here’s why

An alternative view of Globalization 4.0, and how to get there

This is what Belgium’s traffic-choked capital is doing about emissions

Closing the gaps in accelerating women’s rights: the role of medical students

Companies ‘failing’ to address offline harm incited by online hate: UN expert

Why the 33,000 staff European Commission did not have a real contingency plan for the refugee crisis?

‘Maintain calm’ and ‘exercise patience’ UN envoy urges, as Nigeria heads to polls

This UK footballer just won free school meals for kids in the summer holidays

6 stages for fostering and harnessing imagination in companies

‘We will not give up on looking for peace for South Sudan’: UN deputy chief

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: