Slovenian President Borut Pahor has said the country is not in a political crisis and possible early elections demanded by the opposition will reduce the country’s ability to prove itself as a successful presidency of the Council of the European Union.
“We are not in a political crisis because all the institutions are functioning,” Pahor told Slovenian television, noting that due to the volatile and insecure governing majority in parliament, it was a “state of heightened political uncertainty”. rather than a political crisis.
“All institutions work, all institutions have leadership. We have the presidents of the state, the government, the National Assembly and the National Council and the full composition of all these institutions. All these institutions do their job. If the lack of these two pillars of stability were to occur in any institution, we could talk about the political crisis. “Until then, however, we usually talk about increasing political uncertainty, especially because of the very comparable balance of power in parliament,” the Slovenian president said.
Speaking about the possibility of early elections, Pahor said he was against such an idea, especially because of Slovenia’s presidency in the EU Council. “Not only would it not benefit from our reputation in this sense, but we would lose the opportunity to strengthen our reputation by successfully running the European Union. The thing is that Slovenia has such a rare opportunity to show its ability, not only technically but also politically, with the presidency of the Council of the European Union and the other is in 13 years. To give something of its own to European politics. “This, of course, would require a slightly more internal co-operation of Slovenian political forces,” Pahor said.
Referring to criticisms of Janez Janša’s government over alleged media control and non-appointment of delegated prosecutors to the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), Pahor said he wanted to think the government could solve these problems at a time when Slovenia takes over the EU presidency on July 1st.
A few days ago in Brussels, after a meeting with European leaders, Pahor said that until the beginning of Slovenia’s EU presidency, the government in Ljubljana should address two issues that have recently been criticized by the domestic public – refusing to name two prosecutors in the new European prosecution and budget financing of the Slovenian news agency STA.
Slovenian Justice Minister Ljiljana Kozlovic resigned in late May over the government’s decision to overturn the procedure for appointing two EU delegated prosecutors. The Slovenian opposition has been demanding the removal of the government for months.