The minimum wage is raised
13th of December
Parliament votes to raise the minimum wage by 10 percent to EUR 667 after
tax; Another increase, to EUR 700, will be implemented in 2020. Salary issues
dominated the spring election campaign and the proposal is presented by the
small party Vänstern, which has a crucial role as a support party for Marjan
Šarec's minority government.
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New government takes office
Just over three months after the election, Parliament voted with the numbers
45-34 for Marjan Šarec's minority government with 16 ministers, of which 4 are
women. In addition to Šarec's party LMS, the government also includes four other
left-wing parties (SD, SMC, SAB and Desus). The recently resigned Prime
Minister, Miro Cerar, returns as Foreign Minister. The government has also
secured support in Parliament by the Left. The new government says that
healthcare, the economy and the defense are priority areas.
New minority government gets the go-ahead
Parliament approves with the votes 55–31 Marjan Šarec as prime minister and
thus, just over two months of political uncertainty after the parliamentary
elections seems to be over. Just over a week earlier, Šarec's party LMS has
settled with four other left-wing parties to form a minority government with
support in Parliament by the Left. The 40-year-old former comedian Šarec, who is
expected to take over as head of government by September, becomes the country's
youngest head of government since independence in 1991. In a speech to
Parliament, he struck an EU-friendly tone and said Slovenia should remain a
so-called core state in the Union.
First attempts at government formation fail
President Borut Pahor informs Parliament that he cannot nominate any of the
leaders of the parties that received the most votes in the election, SDS leader
Janez Janša or Marjan Šarec, leader of the LMS, as prime minister. This is
because they do not have the support of a majority in Parliament. The president
has by law had 30 days to appoint a prime minister with support in parliament.
Instead, it will now be possible for the President and, among other groups in
Parliament, to propose his own candidates.
Dispute against Croatia to the European Court of Justice
The government appeals to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg due to
the border dispute with Croatia (see January 2018). The
decision, since the European Commission has chosen not to stand on either side
of the conflict. In June, when the Commission issued its statement on
neutrality, Prime Minister Cerar accused the EU of making a political decision
instead of taking legal considerations.
The right-wing party SDS wins the parliamentary election
The Conservative SDS returns as the largest party with just under 25 percent
of the vote and 25 of the 90 seats. Government formation can be expected to be a
difficult nut to crack as other major parties have excluded cooperation with
SDS. Party leader Janez Janša has run an election campaign with strong
xenophobic elements and has the support of Hungary's right-wing nationalist
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, which has led to criticism of foreign involvement
in the election. The second largest party is the left-wing party Marjan Šarec's
list (LMS), which is new as a national party, with 13 seats, followed by the
Social Democrats (SD) and the Modern Center Party (SMC) with 10 seats each. Then
comes the Left (L) with 9 seats, New Slovenia (NSI) with 7, Alenka Bratušek's
party (SAB) with 5, the Democratic Pensioners' Party (Desus) with 5 and the
Slovenian Nationalist Party (SNS) with 4 seats.
The electoral movement begins
The electoral movement before the parliamentary elections on June 3 begins
formally. Over 20 parties and party alliances are running for election. In the
opinion polls, the ruling SMC and the new center-left party LMS are equal. On
the right, SDS looks to remain the largest.
Parliament dissolved before elections
President Pahor dissolves Parliament and announces elections on June 3, just
a week earlier than if the Prime Minister had not resigned in March. Over 20
parties and partial alliances have confirmed that they are running for election.
Opinion polls indicate that a newcomer can again put things to an end, just as
in both previous parliamentary elections. This time it is Marjan Šarec's list
(LMS) who is the newcomer, a former local party whose leader Marjan Šarec lost
the presidential election by a marginal margin (see November 2017).
The Prime Minister resigns
14th of March
Prime Minister Miro Cerar announces that he has filed his resignation
application after the Constitutional Court annulled the result in the referendum
on the railway to Koper (see September 2017). The Court finds
that the government did not take a sufficiently impartial stance when public
funds went to the jas side in the vote. The parliamentary elections to be held
in June are now expected to be scheduled.
Threats of action against Croatia
Slovenia must "clearly" take legal action against Croatia because of its
neighbor's refusal to comply with the arbitration on the border crossing in the
Gulf of Piran - this is what Prime Minister Cerar said in a statement (see
December 2017). Foreign Minister Karel Erjavec has said that
Slovenia will block Croatia's entry into the EU passport Schengen as long as
Zagreb refuses to follow the verdict.