ON THE ROAD - SLOVAKIA

SLOVAKIA
20 February 2019

THE SLOVAK PEOPLE CAN COUNT ON EUROPE’S SUPPORT

Vitajte!

 

My listening tour took me to Slovakia, to understand the difficulties local farmers are facing.

 

I stand with the farmers who told me about their fight against corruption and mafia practices. The EU must have a strong prosecutor with the power to intervene. We must make sure that EU funds go to the people, so that the people are the ones to benefit!

 

The murder of Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, was an outrage! It is totally unacceptable that journalists are murdered for doing their job in the 21stcentury: a clear attack on freedom of the press.

 

While in Bratislava, I lit a candle to mark the first anniversary of their murder and to honour their memory. We need information on the identity of those who ordered these killings. More progress is needed in this investigation. The people of Slovakia need Europe’s support against mafia practices.

 

We cannot let organised crime prevail in Slovakia, whether in agriculture or in silencing the freedom of expression!