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Janez Lenarčič – the first European Commissioner to try to harm his own homeland

Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič (Photo: EPA)

By: Sara Bertoncelj / Nova24TV

On the day of the beginning of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, we reported that at the beginning of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Commission approved Slovenia’s recovery and resilience plan worth 2.5 billion euros. Now, however, information has come to light that some have made considerable efforts to obstruct this confirmation – among them was our European Commissioner for Crisis Management, who was trying to harm his own homeland, and the plan was apparently woven by our most supportive MEP, who is self-responsible in the European Parliament for managing Slovenia’s reputation.

At the beginning of the presidency, Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, may not have been in the joint photo, but Janez Lenarčič was, European Commissioner for Crisis Management, who has been forgotten by many because he had not been seen for some time. On social media, many have wondered where he has been all this time, what he has been doing. And here we have the answer: He earned the reputation of being the first commissioner from a country to try to harm his own homeland. Namely, our Commissioner for Crisis Management joined the conditions for the approval of the Slovenian Recovery Plan. Maybe he misunderstood his title and thought that managing a crisis meant causing it? It could not be noticed that he was dealing with any other crisis. Let us remember that we last heard a word or two from Lenarčič back in March, when he pointed out that he noticed a lot of discussions about Slovenia in Brussels, at various levels. “The fact is that in the history of its membership, Slovenia has not been the subject of discussion in the EU in the way it was recently in the European Parliament,” he said, adding that this saddened him and was not a sign of the country’s increased reputation. Well, now it is clear that he is also one of those mountains of papers who are trying to create a reputation in Slovenia in the EU, which would only serve their agenda, and of course potentially only harm our country.

The other commissioners are amazed at Lenarčič’s actions

According to our information, the campaign was prepared by Timmermans, of course at the urging of an aunt from the background, the eternally worried MEP Tanja Fajon, who spends most of her time dealing with Slovenia’s reputation. We have learned that some Liberals, but not all, have joined the Socialist Commissioners. Lenarčič’s position is admired by practically everyone in the European Commission, including those who otherwise supported Timmermans – understandably, since none of them would do something similar to their country, which is exclusively a Slovenian specialty – similar to that with cows and neighbours. We also sent press questions to the European Commissioner for Crisis Management, as we were interested in how he felt about his new title, the title of the first Commissioner to try to harm his own homeland.

In the debate on Slovenia’s recovery plan, there was a very strong impetus to address politically sensitive issues

Didier Reynders’ cabinet has asked to add a boundary marker in the appointment of Slovenian prosecutors to the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO). Vera Jourova’s cabinet noted that in some member states, including Slovenia, there are concerns about media pluralism, especially about state advertising, which only supports the pro-government media. They asked if the plan addressed it. The cabinet of Virginijus Sinkevicius called for the addition of text on support for biodiversity and for monitoring compliance with DNSH rules during implementation, especially for infrastructure projects. Environmental issues affect the lives of citizens. These demands were supported by the cabinets of Janez Lenarčič, Paolo Gentiloni and the cabinet of Commissioner Ylva Johansson. The response of the President’s Office was that recovery plans for Europe must address social responsibility, and if it is absent, there will be less leverage to act. However, the boundary markers cannot be added unilaterally, this must be agreed with the Member States. At this stage, this is difficult because it would mean a delay in adoption. The matter must therefore be properly discussed. Regarding the media, it was pointed out that broader media issues are not part of the plan. The plan should not take over or replace horizontal policy issues, but contribute to addressing corporate social responsibility recommendations and other defined policy objectives. However, Johannes Hahn emphasised that the issues raised were part of an ongoing debate on the conditionality of the rule of law, and that the options given had to be carefully considered and reconciled – no ad hoc decisions were taken here.

“Janez Janša therefore enters the European floor in a yellow jacket. Therefore, he will be even more visible. As well as more vulnerable. Because people no longer believe empty words. They are fed up with pretense. And the presidency of the EU Council is not an elite protocol masquerade. It is an opportunity to draw attention to ourselves and leave the right mark with the right moves,” said Fajon for some media at the beginning of the Slovenian presidency, who also wished that Slovenia would prove itself in such a way that by abandoning the current rhetoric and methods it would use this presidency to correct some mistakes in the spirit of European values and solidarity and at least alleviate the catastrophic impression left in the European space in the last year. “It is our duty to do this for our people, for the reputation of our country,” she concluded her pretense – she was the one who was trying to make a catastrophic impression. That she is a master of empty words and pretense is probably clear to her voters. Her attitude towards Slovenia is downright shameful, and it is even more shameful that she is still well paid for the impoverishment of our country in the EU.

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