Civil Liberties Committee will be visiting Malta and Slovakia next week. Although the Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat received an invitation for a meeting with the delegation and is included in the draft program, he will not be in Malta when they come. Muscat is expected to attend a Summit in Salzburg according to informed sources that spoke with this newsroom. The LIBE delegation will however be meeting with the Slovakian President Andrej Kiska and Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini when visiting Slovakia.
The Committee composed of MEPs will visit Slovakia and Malta to assess the rule of law, corruption and the safety of journalists.
The delegation will follow up on previous missions to both countries after the assassinations of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova and Daphne Caruana Galizia. The newly set up group recommended a new visit to Bratislava and Valletta to gather further insights on the situation.
In Malta the delegation is scheduled to meet with the Justice Minister Owen Bonnici, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, Chief Justice Joseph Azzopardi, Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar, journalists and representatives of the Daphne Project, NGOs active in the fields of transparency and fighting corruption.
A new working group was set up by the Civil Liberties Committee to establish a new working group to monitor the situation as regards the rule of law and fight against corruption within the EU, with specific reference to Malta and Slovakia. The Committee is chaired by Dutch MEP Sophia in ‘t Veld. The working group’s mandate is valid until 31 December.