Two Slovenian ministers face motion of no confidence

Multiple ministers in the Janez Janša government have faced motions of no confidence in the past year and a half. [EPA-EFE - JOHANNA GERON]

Centre-left opposition parties have tabled motions of no confidence in Justice Minister Marjan Dikaučič and Education Minister Simona Kustec.

The main charge against Dikaučič is the failure to appoint delegated European prosecutors. Kustec has been accused of failings regarding getting schools ready for the new wave of the pandemic.

The opposition says Dikaučič has failed to secure the appointment of Slovenia’s two prosecutors delegated to the European Public Prosecutor’s Office by allowing “impermissible government delays”.

The government has annulled the original selection of the delegated prosecutors and issued a new call. But the only applicants in the repeated call are the same prosecutors who were rejected the first time around. Both are also suing to get the original annulment overturned.

Another charge against Dikaučič is that he has participated in the adoption of legislative proposals that encroach on human rights, and allowed the closure of the only notarial office in the Lower Savinja Valley after having unsuccessfully tried to become a notary there himself.

Kustec, who just returned to work after recovering from COVID-19, is alleged to have failed to inform schools sufficiently in advance of the coronavirus restrictions educational institutions will have to comply with, resulting in chaos. She has been accused of dereliction of duty and failing to stand up for public education.

Dikaučič said he saw the motion as “an integral part of politics” and a chance to “show what the ministry is doing in terms of the commitments in the coalition agreement.” Kustec said she would respond to the allegations during the course of the debate at the National Assembly.

Multiple ministers in the Janez Janša government have faced motions of no confidence in the past year and a half, Kustec included, but all attempts have so far been unsuccessful despite the government being relegated to minority status. (Sebastijan R. Maček | STA).

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