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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

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Rule of law in Slovakia: MEPs concerned about corruption and impunity

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 settembre 2018

Civil Liberties MEPs, concerned by corruption, conflicts of interest and impunity in Slovakia’s. After a two-day visit to Slovakia, Sophie in ‘t Veld (ALDE, NL), who heads the European Parliament delegation, said: “We are glad to see that the investigation into the murder of Ján Kuciak and his fiancée seems to be advancing. Justice needs to be served, first for the families of the victims, but also to guarantee the safety of all journalists and for the sake of democracy. We have also been able to ascertain that many Slovaks are very committed to creating a modern, transparent and trusted public administration. But we still see corruption, too many conflicts of interest and impunity.We find particularly worrying the revolving doors that politicians use to remain in the corridors of power. We have the same people, the same faces, coming up again and again”.On behalf of the cross-party delegation, she underlined that “this is not about Slovakia, this is about the integrity of the EU as a community of law. We will only preserve the rule of law if all Member States uphold the same standards, such as the separation of powers and the proper enforcement of law and fundamental rights. All EU citizens are entitled to the same standards and we must ensure that this is respected.”Finally, she called for the reinforcement of the role of Europol. “Europe should not become a gangster paradise; crime has no borders while law enforcement is constrained by national boundaries.In Slovakia, MEPs met President Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Pellegrini and the ministers of justice, Gábor Gál, and the interior, Denisa Sakova. They also quizzed special prosecutors, the national police chief and representatives of other law enforcement bodies, several journalists and editors, NGOs active in the fields of transparency and fighting corruption, and Ján Kuciak’s family lawyer.

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