Slovenia’s rejected candidates make renewed bid for delegated prosecutors

The Justice Ministry, which is responsible for the procedure, has said it has received no application. However, it did not rule out the possibility that a bid may have been submitted by mail and was yet to arrive. [Shutterstock/Zerbor]

Matej Oštir and Tanja Frank Eler, the candidates picked for Slovenia’s two European delegated prosecutors before the nomination process was annulled by the government, have submitted applications in a repeat call for the posts, apparently the only candidates to do so.

The justice ministry, which is responsible for the procedure, has said it has received no application. However, it did not rule out the possibility that a bid may have been submitted by mail and was yet to arrive.

“We would like to emphasise that we wish and work for constructive cooperation by all stakeholders for delegated prosecutors to be appointed as soon as possible,” the ministry said. “It is in the ministry’s interests to complete the procedure as soon as possible so that Slovenia be included in the project of the European Prosecutor’s Office with its representatives as soon as possible.”

The State Prosecution Council, which picks the candidates among the applicants and sends the proposal to the government for endorsement, has called the repeat call unlawful. It said that in taking a renewed decision on the appointments without a court interpretation of the relevant legislative provisions, the council would follow the government’s arbitrary explanation and endorse its unlawful decision.

Oštir and Frank Fler have challenged the government’s decision to annul the procedure to appoint them at the administrative court, but the court struck down their appeal because they turned to the court before being served the government’s decision.

Slovenia is the only country participating in the European Public Prosecutor’s Office that has not yet appointed its delegated prosecutors, despite repeated calls from EU officials to do so.

Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has recently announced he will decide on measures post-summer unless Slovenia makes its appointments very soon.

(Ela Petrovčič | STA)

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