President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor has today called an extraordinary meeting with the Speakers of the National Assembly, the Government and the DS, Igor Zorčič, Janez Janša and Alojz Kovšca.
Extraordinary meeting of the four Presidents
This is the first meeting of the four presidents after the recent election of the new government and the new Speaker of the National Assembly, the president's office reminded. The four presidents meet traditionally once a year, in December.
The government has already outlined legislative guidelines to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus epidemic on residents and the economy, including the self-employed. The legislative package is scheduled to be approved on Friday.
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Adequate deployment of Slovenian resources will be needed – in the coming months, maybe years, said the President Borut Pahor. We are facing a recession and illegal migration. Therefore, three crises will coincide and he called for cooperation. Effective, but also democratic, action must be taken to ensure that confidence in democratic institutions is not diminished. “As we survive the crisis, so will we live after it,” he stressed.
The President also stressed that he supported the activation of Article 37 of the Defense Law, namely that the military should help to secure the border.
Pahor said today they wanted to see if anything needed to be adjusted so that all decisions could be taken quickly and in accordance with the constitution and laws. In his words, it is “it is of the utmost importance that we resolve this crisis, health and socially, in a democratic way, in order to respect all standards,” he said. “As we survive the crisis, so will we live after it,” he stressed.
On behalf of all four, President Borut Pahor expressed his admiration for the vast majority of people in Slovenia “understood that we care for one another and thus show solidarity.”
Speeding up processes
President of the National Assembly (DZ) Igor Zorčič he emphasized that the parliament, or the legislative branch of the government, is concerned that it is as efficient as possible in these circumstances, but that democratic processes are not suffering. One of the main challenges in the work of the National Assembly in such a situation is how to maintain its functioning should the number of deputies fall due to health reasons. The Rules of Procedure do not yet allow for video conferencing, so changes are needed.
With the laws that fall under Article 90 of the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia, they hope to be able to speed up the processes, even the proclamation. These are the questions they address to be as effective as possible. “DZ works most normally,” he said.
Daniel Novakovic – STA
The Presidents spoke about the functioning of political institutions in times of crisis, their cooperation and their joint efforts for political unity for coordinated action.
All possible measures
Prime Minister Janez Janša he said at the outset that we are fighting the battle over time. What we can do is what will ultimately save lives and maintain the strength of the healthcare staff. The Government is taking all possible measures, which are also feasible. He characterized the functioning as effective and coordinated, emphasizing the need to maintain the ability of all institutions to function.
“The government is taking all possible measures, which also have real coverage, in the sense that we can implement them. It is an efficient and coordinated action. From this point of view, this meeting was also useful. The ability of all institutions to function must be maintained. the choir is a key institution in some matters, “ said Janša. He said that the utmost appreciation is earned by healthcare professionals and those who care for the most at-risk groups.
Proper use of protective equipment is crucial, said Prime Minister Janez Janša.
He also said that the Slovenian Armed Forces are not currently needed on the streets, but there are greater needs at the southern border. He announced that he would test many things in the coming weeks and revealed that the first patient who needed “artificial lungs” no longer needed them, which meant that the disease was manageable and that there was good news in those days. The problem is, above all, that there is no capacity if there are too many infections. Reducing them therefore actually saves lives. The weeks ahead will be so crucial.
Since there is no production capacity that could meet the demand, Janša must be pragmatic as well. “We started our own production,” he said, “Many things can be done, in many municipalities they have started to make masks themselves, because to protect us who do not work in the healthcare system, a mask made in China is not necessary.” According to him, there is currently no one in Europe who has had more than enough protective equipment, and we will need our own production later.
Kindergartens, schools and other similar institutions will remain closed until further notice, the Prime Minister said, thanking all those schools that made it possible for at least part of the classes to be held at a distance.
They vetoed it
President of the National Council (DS) Alojz Kovšca however, he announced that the DS had decided to veto the announced package of emergency measures. They are meant for the months of April and May.