Statement on Proposed Rule of Law Reforms

The United States agrees with the European Commission that the wide-ranging scope of the intended amendments to the special prosecutor’s office and other proposed reforms require a thorough and sound analysis.  We support the European Commission’s recommendation not to advance the intended amendments nor resort to a fast-track procedure without proper and thorough consultation with stakeholders at the national and European level, and with the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe.  The United States remains committed to supporting the rule of law and fostering transparency in governance in Slovakia.  We stand ready to support the European Commission and the Slovak Republic in efforts that strengthen these fundamental values for the benefit of all citizens.