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Slovenia: Opposition parties sign post-election co-operation agreement

Leaders of four center-left Slovenian opposition parties signed an agreement on post-election co-operation in Ljubljana on Tuesday. The agreement will be a basis for further active co-operation and joint programs, paving the way for the formation of an efficient and development-oriented government, Slovenian media reported on Tuesday afternoon.

The signatories – the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ), the Social Democrats (SD), the Left Party and Alenka Bratušek (SAB) – pledged in the agreement to form a government together after the election.

The prime minister will be the leader of the party with the best election result, the agreement says.

However, each party will run individually in elections with its own candidates and programs.

Other parties may be invited to join the governing coalition after the election if all four parties give their consent.

“The main purpose of the agreement is to work together for the benefit of Slovenia and to calm the current situation in the country, return to our constitutional foundations and European values, and continue to honor democratic institutions and media freedom, which are endangered by the destroyers.” “Anti-democratic policy and the extreme right of the current government,” the agreement reads.

It also lists ten principles that the signatories support, including a more efficient, consistent, and expert-based approach to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the inviolability of the separation of powers.

The four partners also committed to strengthening independent institutions that are crucial to the transparent functioning of society, as well as public media, NGOs, civil society, and the depoliticization of national and security systems.

One of the key points is also the fight against poverty, inequality and social exclusion, and investing in quality and accessible systems of health care, education and long-term care instead of leaving these services to private initiative and the free market.

The parties will also strive for sustainable work and value-added work and for a predictable business environment with financial incentives for creative progress.

Another goal will be the return of experts stationed in key state institutions and the eradication of corruption among senior officials.

The four sides also aim to increase funding for science and culture and stop meaningless defense investments.

The agreement also announces systemic solutions for Slovenia’s meeting with the EU green agreement and digital transformation, and the implementation of key EU-funded development and infrastructure projects.

Another key point of the agreement is a commitment to reduce greenhouse gases and preserve biodiversity as a key guide in environmental, social, economic and infrastructure policies.

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