2.5 C
Ljubljana
nedelja, 28 novembra, 2021

Zorčič does not want to resign honourably from the position of President of the National Assembly, he clings to a company car with a driver, security, and higher salaries than other MPs

By: Sara Rančigaj

In a secret ballot, Igor Zorčič remained the President of the National Assembly. However, there are already calls from the public that it would be politically correct to resign in this case, as he is no longer part of the government coalition. According to the current practice, the position of the President of the National Assembly has always belonged to the coalition. Nevertheless, Zorčič is convinced that he is doing the right thing with his actions, however, the question arises whether his interests are really state forming. Namely, the position of the President of the National Assembly brings a higher salary than other MPs, and he also has a personal driver and police protection. His predecessors Matej Tonin and Dejan Židan had no problems resigning.

On Friday, President of the National Assembly Igor Zorčič, together with MPs Janja Sluga and Branislav Rajić, resigned from the parliamentary group of the coalition SMC. Together with MP Jurij Lep, who left the DeSUS parliamentary group, they started the process of establishing a parliamentary group of unaffiliated MPs, thus opening calls for him to resign as President of the National Assembly, as he no longer belongs to the government coalition.

The vote on the replacement of the President of the National Assembly Igor Zorčič failed, one vote was missing for his replacement. There are more and more criticisms against Zorčič, many are convinced that he should resign himself. But many of the privileges that come with being the president of the legislature are clearly too enticing for him to give up. This was done in the past by former Presidents of the National Assembly Dejan Židan and Matej Tonin, who said in his resignation that it was an honour for him to perform the function of President. When the time comes, it is necessary to say goodbye honourably, but Zorčič does not have that intention.

According to the current practice, the position of the President of the National Assembly has always belonged to the coalition. However, the President of the National Assembly, who is no longer part of the coalition, seems to be deliberately ignoring this, as he does not want to resign and tries to create the outward impression that his replacement is an attempt to take over the government. “The demand that the position of President of the National Assembly belongs to a minority coalition has no constitutional or business basis. They do not know that anywhere in the world,” Zorčič is convinced.

Among other things, he said that with his non-resignation he was trying to “defend the National Assembly against a government takeover”. Reasons that he does not want to resign may be elsewhere. The President of the National Assembly receives the highest salary among all MPs. In July 2020, Zorčič received 5,706 euros as President of the National Assembly. The President of the National Assembly is also entitled to a functional allowance, which is determined according to the permanent duties in the National Assembly and its working bodies and parliamentary groups.

The President of the National Assembly is also entitled to a car with a driver and personal protection

In addition to the highest salary and allowances, the President of the National Assembly is also entitled to a car with a driver or use the car in accordance with the Decree on the designation of persons and facilities protected by internal affairs bodies and on performing security tasks. In addition to his personal driver, Zorčič also has police protection.

Share

Latest news

Traffic light coalition: Will we still be able to do that – do it?

By UME It seems to always get worse, not only as far as the political "corona arbitrariness" is concerned, but also the new traffic light...

Slovakia: Plans afoot to impose nationwide lockdown

By: V4 Agency The head of state supports the immediate introduction of a nationwide lockdown after experts have warned that the healthcare system is on...

Importance of health literacy underlined at expert meeting

By: J.S., STA A national health literacy survey, presented at a health experts meeting, found that 48% of the adult population in Slovenia has limited...

Combined estimated worth of 100 richest Slovenians record-high

By: P.T., STA The 100 wealthiest Slovenians are worth a combined EUR 7.1 billion, which is a record amount and almost a quarter or EUR...

Related news

Importance of health literacy underlined at expert meeting

By: J.S., STA A national health literacy survey, presented at a health experts meeting, found that 48% of the adult population in Slovenia has limited...

Combined estimated worth of 100 richest Slovenians record-high

By: P.T., STA The 100 wealthiest Slovenians are worth a combined EUR 7.1 billion, which is a record amount and almost a quarter or EUR...

Slovenian Digital Coalition forum starts in Ljubljana

By: P.T., STA An open forum of the Slovenian Digital Coalition started in Ljubljana, with the progress of digitalisation in Slovenia and European digital market...

EU’s SET Plan discussed at Bled conference

By: J.S.,STA A sustainable energy transition, and the role of innovation and investment to enhance it, is in the focus of a two-day conference on...
Share