Slovenia’s international minister has pushed again in opposition to solutions that rule of legislation is in jeopardy in his nation – this after numerous episodes, together with its failure to ship prosecutors to the brand new European Public Prosecutor’s Workplace. The top of the workplace, Laura Codruta Kovesi, mentioned earlier this week that this “critically undermines the belief within the efficient functioning of the administration and management methods for EU funds in Slovenia”.
Anze Logar once more pushed again on this declare, telling FRANCE 24 that the judiciary in Slovenia wanted to rebuild belief with the general public: “The belief of our fellow residents within the judiciary is the bottom within the European Union. They need to do one thing to construct belief with our residents.”
Scrutiny of Slovenia is rising, because it prepares to take over the rotating presidency of the European Union on July 1.
In one other latest episode which drew accusations of a degradation of rule of legislation, the Slovenian prime minister publicly and personally criticised the top of the nation’s court docket of auditors, which had recognized some irregularities within the public procurement of PPE and different tools within the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. In response to this, Logar prompt that democracy remains to be a younger idea in Slovenia: “Slovenia has 30 years of democracy. That is nonetheless drawing up democracy. And there are a variety of stays from the Communist regime that took energy in Slovenia for 70 years.”
Amid tense relations between EU member states and Russia, Logar defined why he lately mentioned that Slovenia is in favour of easing tensions between Moscow and EU international locations. He described it as “a really tense and intense relationship”, including that “one of many fields the place [the EU and Russia] can co-operate is world warming, the inexperienced transition. I feel that co-operation on this concern is of utmost significance. By itself the EU can hardly obtain any tangible outcomes”.
Produced by Isabelle Romero, Céline Schmitt, Mathilde Bénézet and Perrine Desplats