aA “family photo” taken during the EU Commission’s visit to Slovenia on Thursday missed an important participant: Frans TimmermansFirst Vice President Ursula von der Leyen. It was on purpose – the Social Democrat did not want to be in the picture. Because before there was a scandal behind closed doors at the Brdo Convention Center.
The conservative national prime minister, Janez Janša, complained that “communist judges” had infiltrated the Slovenian judiciary. As the participants later reported, a photo was shown: judges and politicians from the SPD could be seen on it. Von der Leyen was said to have immediately intervened and warned Jancha: Judges must be treated with respect, even if they belong to another party.
The seizure of the presidency of the Council of the European Union in Slovenia, which was the reason for the visit of the Commission, immediately began with disagreements. At the subsequent press conference, von der Leyen and Janša shared with sullen expressions and barely looked at each other. “Political dialogue requires respect for all political parties,” von der Leyen said, referring in particular to judges belonging to another party. The scandal occurred at the end of a debate on the Slovenian program of action when the conversation turned to the subject of the rule of law.
The Chairman of the Committee publicly issued a clear warning to Gansha to abide by the values I to reserve. She said Slovenia should ensure the “independence and adequate funding” of the state news agency. Gansha has called the agency a “national disgrace” and has long withheld public funds that it deserves.
Gansha refers to “cultural differences”
In addition, von der Leyen demanded that the state finally appoint delegated prosecutors to the new EU Prosecutor’s Office. “I am counting on the prime minister to provide the names quickly,” she said. Gansha has rejected the already selected candidates and wants to resume the procedure. The country’s justice minister, who belongs to a coalition partner, resigned.
Gansha herself at the press conference tried not to pour oil on the fire. “The rule of law is the basic framework of European civilization. It would not exist without the rule of law. When asked when he would release the money for the news agency, he answered vaguely: “In Europe, the bill is paid when it is presented.” New plaintiffs will be appointed “by the fall.” Until that Then, the EU Prosecutor’s Office, which began operating at the beginning of June, cannot conduct an actual investigation in the country.The head of government did not want to explain in more detail why he supported the controversial Hungarian law, which is supposed to “protect” children from homosexuality. Nationality He referred generally to the right of parents to raise their children and to “cultural differences” in a union of 27 member states.
Timmermans said in the evening that after Jancha’s “unacceptable attack and defamation” of two judges and two Social Democrats in the European Parliament, he simply could not be on the stage with him. Gansha questioned the integrity of the judges because they were in the picture with the politicians. “The independence of the judiciary and respect for the role of elected members of the European Parliament are the cornerstones of the rule of law,” Timmermans said. Without this, the European Union cannot function. “We must never stop naming those who attack them.”
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