By: Sara Bertoncelj / Nova24TV
Robert Golob, Tanja Fajon, and Luka Mesec also officially signed the coalition agreement on Tuesday, and on Wednesday they are expected to confirm the candidate for Prime Minister proposed by President Borut Pahor. Golob announced that the hearings of ministers will take place this week, as they are expected to cancel the three-day prescribed deadline for preparing for the hearing. Rajko Pirnat, head of the Department of Administrative Law at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, emphasised in a 24ur broadcast that the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly do not allow this, and warned that this would be a violation of the Rules of Procedure. Pirnat is also reluctant to increase the number of ministries, which in his opinion are without any concept.
“I am proposing Robert Golob to the National Assembly as Prime Minister,” said President Borut Pahor yesterday, as Robert Golob enjoys the necessary support of MPs to be elected Prime Minister. “From April 24th, we know that the rapid formation of the government is crucial. We have subordinated all our activities to this,” said Golob, who explained that the biggest reason for the rush is that they want to use the summer for work. “We have two very important topics that we will not be able to prepare for in the autumn. The first topic is energy costliness, the second topic is preparations for a possible new wave of coronavirus. And the government must make good use of the summer to prepare,” said the future Prime Minister.
Golob also announced that the hearing of the first ministers will take place this week – an extraordinary session at which the Prime Minister will be confirmed will most likely take place on Wednesday. Even before the vote on the Prime Minister, Robert Golob, Tanja Fajon, and Luka Mesec signed a coalition agreement. Immediately after the election, Golob intends to submit a list of candidates for ministers, and the ministers are expected to give up the three-day deadline for preparing for the hearings – so Golob’s plan is to hold them this week. In the 24ur evening show, the head of the Department of Administrative Law at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Rajko Pirnat, emphasised that the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly do not allow this, as the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly have more power than the law. The three days of preparation are not only for candidates, but also for Members, who must critically evaluate candidates. “This would be a violation of the rules of procedure,” warned Pirnat, who also advised against such conduct.
Even Red Pirnat finds the coalition’s intentions bizarre
Pirnat is also not in favour of increasing the number of ministries, the newly established ministries are, in his opinion, without any concept. To show his claim, he cited the example of the Ministry of Solidarity Future, which, according to Pirnat, contains completely unrelated areas – it has some land and housing policies, some workers’ rights with the so-called economic democracy. On the other hand, land policy has thus been taken away from the spatial department, with which it is closely connected, and the same applies to housing policy. The areas of space and the environment are also closely connected and are now divided. According to Pirnat, the only acceptable one is the establishment of a special department for higher education and science. Pirnat further explained that it is not only the Ministries that are inadequately designed, but the bigger problem is that there are extensive reorganisations, parts of the ministries will be moved here and there – which will take energy and time that should be intended for work and implementing administrative tasks.
After submitting a proposal for a consultative referendum on the government law, Golob will form the new government according to the old law. Golob announced that the ministerial candidates who were left without a portfolio after the current cut will take over the role of state secretaries in the existing ministries. “We will not lose a single day,” he stressed. In the meantime, we could prepare everything for the establishment of new ministries. When asked how the change of ministers will take place, Pirnat answered that the Prime Minister cannot just move ministers here and there. Thus, the ministers will have to resign, and then they will be proposed for a new ministry. Golob also announced that in the autumn they might find out that there is a possibility of cooperation with other parties that are now in opposition. “This is my ambitious plan to start a dialogue with the constitutional majority in the autumn on issues of wider significance. Also, about changes to the constitution,” said Golob, according to Siol, adding that he believes they will be constructive in seeking a constitutional majority by the end of the year. He wants to change the electoral system, and pension reform, in his opinion, concerns the broadest consensus. According to Delo, Golob will hand over the leadership of his 41-member group to Borut Sajovic, who was also an LDS MP in the past.
The leaders of the Gibanje Svoboda party, the SD party, and the Levica party have officially signed a coalition agreement, which has drawn much criticism. As we have already written, the stamp of the Levica party in the coalition agreement is more than noticeable, as many economists and businessmen have also pointed out; finally, the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia wrote that they would not hide the fact that some provisions of the coalition agreement in the economy led to a reflection on whether Slovenia is an environment where development will be possible. The provisions have also cast doubt on some international corporations about expanding or maintaining their presence. Fides was also critical of the coalition agreement, emphasising that the coalition agreement will not stop the disintegration of health care. “Given the already poor state of public health and public promises to citizens of an accessible and efficient public health system that have been rewarded with election support, we would expect to hear from the future Minister of Health and Deputy Prime Minister about concrete operational solutions on how to keep and attract additional doctors to the public health system, who, as responsible health care providers, are an irreplaceable link in the proper care of patients, development of medicine, and the announced resolution of the backlog of hearings after the end of the epidemic,” they wrote, among other things.