Opposition deputies from the List of Marjan Šarec, Social Democrats, The Left and the Party of Alenka Bratušek
(thirty-seven deputies with the first signatory Brane Golubovič) submitted to the National Assembly an
interpellation on the work and responsibilities of the Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko
Počivalšek regarding the allegations in the procurement of protective equipment during the epidemic.
Coalition deputy groups (Slovenian Democratic Party, New Slovenia, Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia
and Party of Modern Centre) have submitted a request for a parliamentary inquiry into the status, conduct,
stocks, orders and procurement of protective and critical medical equipment to effectively combat infectious
diseases and into the functioning of institutions and public officials concerning the timely containment of the
COVID-19 epidemic for the period from 1 February 2020 to 30 April 2020.
The request was signed by 46 deputies.
A group of deputies from opposition deputy groups (List of Marjan Šarec, Social Democrats and Party of Alenka
Bratušek) also submitted their request for a parliamentary inquiry. It aims to investigate purchases from 12
March 2020 onwards.
At its 37th extraordinary session, the National Assembly discussed amendments to the
Ordinance on the Framework for the Preparation of General Government Budgets for the Period 2020–2022,
according to which the state will create a general government deficit of 8.1 percent of gross domestic product
instead of a surplus due to the effects of the new coronavirus epidemic and the related measures.
The Committee on Infrastructure, Environment and Spatial Planning discussed the Draft Act Amending the Nature
Conservation Act and the amendment tabled by the Slovenian National Party, which changes the conditions for the
participation of non-governmental organizations in administrative and court proceedings. Around 300 protesters
gathered in front of the National Assembly building in the afternoon, warning of the consequences for nature
that the proposed change is supposed to bring.
At its 37th extraordinary session, the National Assembly continued its consideration of the Draft Resolution on
the Acquaintance with the Report on the Status, Reasons, Stocks and Orders of Personal Protective and Critical
Medical Equipment upon the Declaration of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Epidemic and on the Procurement Enabling
Slovenia a Successful Confrontation with It. The National Assembly adopted the report unanimously (with 50
votes). Prior to the vote on the report, opposition deputies (The Left, Social Democrats, List of Marjan Šarec
and Party of Alenka Bratušek, with the exception of the Slovenian National Party deputies) announced an
obstruction. They pointed out that in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and the negative opinion of the
Legislative and Legal Services, the National Assembly could only take note of the report and not decide on it.
On the occasion of the International Day of the Family, the President of the National Assembly Igor Zorčič
received the Ombudsman Peter Svetina.
Some former employees of the National Assembly or the then Assembly, former members of the National Defense
Maneuver Structure and the National Protection in the Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia gathered in the
National Assembly. The event was part of the 30th anniversary of the formation of the National Defense Maneuver
Structure, which began on 17 May 1990 in response to a request from the Yugoslav People's Army to transfer
Territorial Defense weapons from its own warehouses to YPA-controlled warehouses. In this way, they prevented
the complete disarmament of the then Territorial Defense and established the defense forces of the newly
emerging state of Slovenia.
The President of the National Assembly Igor Zorčič received the President of the Supreme Court of the Republic
of Slovenia Damijan Florjančič, who presented the Annual Report on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Courts
The President of the National Assembly visited the Municipality of Novo Mesto as the first city he intends to
visit as part of the plan of working visits to municipalities. The purpose of the working visits is to get
acquainted with the problems of municipalities and the people who live there, to bring the legislative branch
of government closer to the people, to their problems and to help them find concrete solutions and
The National Assembly met at its 17th regular session, which began with parliamentary questions. The Prime
Minister answered the first four questions. All four questions were related to the COVID-19 epidemic, its
consequences for the social situation of the people and the public finances of the country, and the
government's measures to curb these consequences.
In the continuation of the session, the deputies discussed, among other things, the proposed amendments to the
Nature Conservation Act, which tighten the conditions for the participation of non-governmental organizations
in administrative procedures. They also discussed the draft act submitted to the legislative procedure by
deputies of The Left, which provides for the closure of shops on Sundays and public holidays, and supported it
in the first reading. They continued with the discussion of the draft resolution on the exercise of the
exceptional powers of the Slovenian Armed Forces in the wider protection of the state border. As the draft
resolution did not receive the required support at the working body responsible, the deputies only took note of
it, but did not decide on the resolution. At the partially closed session, deputies also discussed the interim
report on the conducted parliamentary investigation on the establishment of abuses and uneconomical conduct in
the Bank Assets Management Company.
The President of the National Assembly Igor Zorčič received the President of the Court of Audit of the Republic
of Slovenia Tomaž Vesel.
At its night session, the Committee on Labour, Family, Social Affairs and the Disability discussed the Draft
Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences – EPA
1173-VIII. The main measure is to subsidize part-time work, which is intended to encourage the economy to
restart after the end of the epidemic.
As the Committee did not conclude the discussion of the entire Act, it continued the session on 27 May.
The Committee on Finance discussed the Draft Act Regulating the Guarantee of the Republic of Slovenia in
European Instrument SURE, in which EUR 100 billion in loans will be available to EU member states to protect
the labour market due to the new coronavirus disease.
The Committee on Infrastructure, Environment and Spatial Planning discussed the proposal for an intervention
act to remove obstacles to the implementation of significant investments to start the economy after the COVID-
At a working conversation, the President of the National Assembly Igor Zorčič and the President of the Republic
Borut Pahor discussed the possibilities for enforcing the decision of the Constitutional Court regarding
changes and amendments to the electoral legislation.
At its 38th extraordinary session, the National Assembly discussed and adopted the so-called third package of
measures to mitigate the effects of the new coronavirus disease epidemic on the economy, which included the
Draft Act Regulating the Guarantee of the Republic of Slovenia in European Instrument for Temporary Support to
Mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE) Following the COVID-19 Outbreak (ZPEIPZB), Draft
Intervention Act to Remove Obstacles to the Implementation of Significant Investments to Start the Economy
after the COVID-19 Epidemic (IZOOPIZG), and the Draft Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the
COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences (ZIUOOPE).
At its 39th extraordinary session, the National Assembly adopted resolutions on the inadmissibility of calling
a legislative referendum on the acts from the third package of measures to mitigate the consequences of the
The Committee on Finance continued with consideration of the Draft Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences for Citizens and the Economy (ZIUZEOP), Urgent Procedure, EPA 1095-VIII.
The Committee on Defence considered the Draft Decision on the Slovenian Armed Forces Exercising Exceptional Powers During Wider Protection of the National Border, EPA 1097-VIII and rejected it.
The Government submitted to the legislative procedure the Draft Act Amending the Referendum and Popular Initiative Act – EPA 1098-VIII. The draft act regulates the decision-making procedure of the National Assembly in the event that it is forbidden to call a referendum. The Constitution stipulates that, among other things, a referendum may not be called on acts on urgent measures to ensure the defense of the state, security or the elimination of the consequences of natural disasters. The National Assembly must, within 14 days of receiving a referendum initiative for an act for which a referendum may not be called, adopt a decision establishing this and then publish it in the Official Gazette.
The National Assembly met at its 33rd extraordinary session to discuss the Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences for Citizens and the Economy (ZIUZEOP), EPA 1095-VIII. The National Assembly adopted the act with 53 votes in favour and one vote against. Deputies were informed about the suspension of the office of deputy Franc Breznik and deputy Jelka Godec due to the appointment as state secretaries. Their office as deputy is taken over by Ljubo Žnidar and Nuša Ferenčič.
A group of deputies submitted to the legislative procedure Draft Amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly. They establish a legal basis for the way the National Assembly, the Council of the President of the National Assembly and working bodies work during the declared epidemic, so that they can hold remote sessions in exceptional circumstances to reduce risks to the safety and health of deputies. The amendments provide only for the consideration of urgent matters (e.g. Government acts to limit or eliminate the consequences of the epidemic) and the possibility for those deputies who are unable to attend sessions due to legitimate reasons to participate through information and communication technology (which allows for debate and voting; if voting is not possible, the deputy casts his/her vote in the manner otherwise prescribed).
At its 34th extraordinary session, the National Assembly adopted the Draft Act Amending the Referendum and Popular Initiative Act (ZRLI-E), EPA 1098-VIII, which limits the possibility of calling a referendum in some cases. It also adopted Draft Amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly (PoDZ-1F), EPA 1105-VIII. It postponed the discussion of the Draft Decision on the Slovenian Armed Forces Exercising Exceptional Powers During Wider Protection of the National Border (EPA 1097-VIII) to one of the forthcoming sessions at the proposal of the coalition.
At its 65th session, the Council of the President of the National Assembly adopted the work schedule of the National Assembly for May. It envisages a regular May session of the National Assembly, which also means a gradual transition towards normal work dynamics.
The President of the National Assembly Igor Zorčič signed a decree to call a by-election to the National Council. The by-election of a member of the National Council – a representative of local interests in the 3rd constituency for the election of representatives of local interests to the National Council – will be held on Thursday, 18 June 2020.
The President of the National Assembly Igor Zorčič sent a letter of support in the fight against coronavirus disease to the Speakers of the Parliaments of the European Union, the EFTA countries, the Great Britain, the countries in the Western Balkans and to the President of the European Parliament (38 letters in total).
Members of the National Assembly met at the 35th extraordinary session. Among the 12 items on the agenda, the following call for attention: draft laws amending and supplementing intervention acts in the field of judicial, administrative and other public law matters to control the spread of COVID-19 and the acts on the already adopted intervention measures to curb the COVID-19 epidemic and mitigate its consequences for citizens and the economy. In addition, the Assembly discussed and adopted a draft act to provide additional liquidity to the economy to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic (ZDLGPE). On the basis of the Act, a guarantee scheme in the amount of two billion Euros will be created, with which the state will guarantee the borrowing of corporate loans from commercial banks. The Act increases the lump sum for municipalities by about six percent. The Assembly also discussed several staff matters: it appointed seven members of the RTV Slovenia’s Programme Council, adopted resolutions on changes in the composition and appointment of the president, vice-president, members and deputy members of investigative commissions, appointed new chairs and deputy chairs of the working bodies of the National Assembly, and it adopted a decision on the election of the president, vice-president and members of the Commission for the Supervision of Intelligence and Security Services.
At the beginning of the session, the National Assembly was informed of the termination of the parliamentary office of Nuša Ferenčič (on 17 April) and the resumption of the office of deputy Franc Breznik, from 18 April onwards.
The National Assembly continued its 35th extraordinary session. It discussed and adopted amendments to acts on construction (extended deadlines for obtaining the required education) and on exploitation of the energy potential of the Lower Sava River (due to requirements for the construction of Mokrice HPP), to the energy act, water act, game and hunting act as well as the act regulating additional measures for remedying damage due to the overpopulation of bark beetles.
The presentation of the positions of the parliamentary groups concluded the discussion of the Draft Act Amending the State Border Control Act and the Draft Act Amending the Protection of Public Order Act. The two draft acts did not receive sufficient support at the working body responsible, so the second reading of both draft acts at the session of the working body was concluded. The National Assembly only determined the conclusion of the legislative procedure for both draft acts.
At the 36th extraordinary session, the deputies discussed and on the basis of the second paragraph of Article 90 of the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia, Article 21a of the Referendum and Popular Initiative Act and Article 112 of the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly adopted decisions on the inadmissibility of calling a legislative referendum on the Act on Additional Liquidity to the Economy to Mitigate the Effects of the COVID-19 Infectious Disease Epidemic (EPA 1120-VIII), the Act Amending the Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences for Citizens and the Economy (EPA 1122)
and the Act Amending the Act on Provisional Measures for Judicial, Administrative and Other Public Matters to Cope with the Spread of Infectious Disease SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) (EPA 1121-VIII).
After voting on the draft decision on the inadmissibility of calling a legislative referendum on the Act on Additional Liquidity to the Economy to Mitigate the Effects of the COVID-19 Infectious Disease Epidemic, the Left Deputy Group, List of Marjan Šarec Deputy Group, Social Democrats Deputy Group and Party of Alenka Bratušek Deputy Group announced an obstruction and left the session.
Eleven newly appointed judges were sworn in before the President of the National Assembly Igor Zorčič.
The National Assembly held the 16th regular session to discuss 13 items on the agenda. The National Assembly began the session with parliamentary questions.
On proposal of the President of the Republic, the National Assembly elected by secret ballot with 52 votes for and 31 against the new Prime Minister Janez (Ivan) Janša (Slovenian Democratic Party – SDS).
The President of the National Assembly Dejan Židan made his resignation statement. In accordance with Articles 112 and 202, the National Assembly took note of the resignation.
The National Assembly elected Igor Zorčič (Party of Modern Centre – SMC) President of the National Assembly with 48 votes for and 29 against.
On proposal of the coalition deputy groups, the Council of the President of the National Assembly adopted a decision that changed the composition of some working bodies. It increased the number of seats occupied by representatives of coalition deputy groups.
The President of the National Assembly Igor Zorčič informed the public that the National Assembly had already taken preventive measures against the possible infection with the new coronavirus, primarily related to the coughing, hand and premises hygiene. A decision was also adopted to restrict visits to parliamentary premises, in particular guided tours of parliamentary premises and other non-urgent visits involving a large number of people.
Prime Minister Janez (Ivan) Janša submitted to the National Assembly a candidate list for ministers of the 14th Slovenian government.
The working bodies of the National Assembly held presentations of candidates for ministers of the new government. All proposed candidates received support.
The National Assembly held the 31st extraordinary session. The deputies debated on the proposed candidates for ministers. With 52 votes for and 31 votes against, they approved the 14th Slovenian government.
In connection with the COVID-19 epidemic, the Council of the President of the National Assembly adopted some changes in the organisation of the work of the National Assembly and its working bodies.
The Council decided that the National Assembly would only meet in extraordinary sessions in March and April. Items scheduled for discussion at the regular March and April sessions will be discussed by deputies at the regular session scheduled for May.
Deputies met at the 32nd extraordinary session. They considered and adopted a package of draft laws on emergency measures for partial reimbursement of salaries, measures on the agricultural market, measures relating to judicial, administrative and public administration matters to control the spread of COVID-19, measures in the fiscal area and emergency measures to defer the obligations of the borrowers.
They also discussed several personnel matters noting the termination of office of deputies, the suspension of parliamentary office and changes in the composition of the
Commission of Inquiry for Investigating the Alleged Money Laundering in NKBM d.d., the Suspected Illegal Financing of the Slovenian Democratic Party and the Suspected Illegal Financing of the Election Campaign of the Slovenian Democratic Party for the Early Elections to the National Assembly in 2018.
The new deputies of the National Assembly are as follows: Leon Merjasec, Mojca Škrinjar, Elena Zavadlav Ušaj and Jure Ferjan (Slovenian Democratic Party – SDS), Mihael Prevc and Andrej Černigoj (New Slovenia – NSi), for the remainder of the term of office Jani (Janko) Möderndorfer instead of Miro (Miroslav) Cerar (Party of Modern Centre – SMC) and Maša Kociper instead of Peter Jožef Česnik (Party of Alenka Bratušek – SAB).
The Committee on Finance began its 36th urgent meeting by discussing the Draft Law on Intervention Measures to Mitigate the Effects of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infectious Disease Epidemic on Citizens and the Economy (ZIUZEOP), emergency procedure, EPA 1095-VIII.
Organised by the Committee on Culture, a cultural event was held on the Slovenian national day of culture – Prešeren's Day.
The audience was addressed by the President of the National Assembly Dejan Židan and Chair of the Committee on Culture Violeta Tomić. The programme included performances by the Kvorum Parliamentary Choir and young musicians from Bela Krajina: singer Tina Pezdirc and reciter Rok Babič, accompanied by guitarist Natko Štiglić.
10 –11 February
The President of the National Assembly Dejan Židan and his delegation paid an official visit to the Republic of Northern Macedonia at the invitation of the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Northern Macedonia Talat Xhaferi. The delegation also included the Chair of the Commission for Relations with Slovenes in Neighbouring and Other Countries and Chair of the Friendship Group with the Republic of Northern Macedonia Iva Dimic and the Chair of the Committee on EU Affairs and member of the Friendship Group with the Republic of Northern Macedonia Igor Peček.
The National Assembly was visited by the kurents and other traditional carnival figures and masks from Ptuj. In front of the main entrance to the National Assembly building, they were received by the Vice President of the National Assembly Jože Tanko.
17 – 18 February
The members of the IPU National Group Nataša Sukič and Branislav Rajić attended the parliamentary hearing at the United Nations in New York.
To mark the International Year of Plant Health 2020 and the first EU reference laboratories at the National Institute of Biology, the National Institute of Biology and the Administration for Food Safety, Veterinary Service and Plant Health organised an event attended by internationally recognised EU experts.
The event included a performance by the octet known as the Biološki Oktet.
18 – 19 February
The Chair of the Committee on the Economy Gregor Perič, Deputy Chair of the Committee on Finance Luka Mesec and Chair of the Committee on Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Disabilities Vojko Starovič attended the European Parliamentary Week 2020.
The European Parliamentary Week covers the Conference on the European Semester and the Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union. The participants discussed the possibility of strengthening the economic and monetary union and the position of the European Union in tackling climate change. They also participated in an exchange of views on successful practices to achieve inclusive growth.
20 – 21 February
The Head of the National Assembly Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Gregor Perič and alternate member Zmago Jelinčič Plemeniti attended the winter OSCE PA session in Vienna.
The members of the SMC Deputy Group tabled an amendment to the Infectious Diseases Act to raise the vaccination rate to at least 95 percent. According to medical doctrine, such percentage provides for collective immunity.
The Healthy Society Party, on the other hand, collected 5,000 signatures for a draft act proposing the elimination of compulsory vaccination.
The President of the National Assembly Dejan Židan received Lord German, member of the UK House of Lords and Chair of the Parliamentary Choir. Lord German also met with Secretary General Uršula Zore Tavčar.
Pursuant to the first paragraph of Article 111 of the Constitution and upon consultation with the leaders of parliamentary groups, the President of the Republic Borut Pahor proposed to the National Assembly the new Prime Minister – Janez Janša, leader of SDS.
On Rare Disease Day, the President of the National Assembly Dejan Židan opened a photo exhibition entitled ‘Heartfelt Stories by Little Fighters’, organised by the Association for Assistance to Children with Rare Diseases Viljem Julijan.
The President of the National Assembly received the carol singers from the Missionary Centre of Slovenia who, through their activities, continue to help the persons in need and preserve a culture of solidarity.
During her official visit to Slovenia, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson also visited the National Assembly. She met with the President of the National Assembly Dejan Židan and members of the Committee on EU Affairs and the Committee on the Interior, Public Administration and Local Self-Government.
The main theme of the visit of the European Commissioner was the New Pact on Migration and Asylum to be developed by the Commissioner.
On the occasion of World Braille Day and the 100th anniversary of organised activities of the blind and visually impaired in Slovenia, an exhibition was set up at the National Assembly, showing the life and work of the blind and visually impaired. The event was also intended for the presentation of a brochure on beekeeping in Braille, prepared by the Slovenian Beekeeping Association of Slovenia in cooperation with the Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
The National Assembly met at its 15th regular session to discuss 12 items on the agenda.
Marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Židan emphasised the particular importance of this year’s celebration as it coincides with the 75th anniversary of liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp where over 1 million people had died. The deputies held a minute's silence to remember them and all Holocaust victims.
The session began with parliamentary questions. The first four questions were answered by Prime Minister Marjan Šarec, who had announced his resignation earlier that morning.
Most of the time at the session was devoted to the third reading of the draft Act amending the Health Care and Health Insurance Act (ZZVZZ-O) concerning the abolition of supplementary health insurance. The Act was not adopted (32 votes for, 51 votes against).
At the request of the National Council, the National Assembly voted again on the Act amending the Tonnage Tax Act. The Act was not adopted (41 votes for, 44 votes against).
The National Assembly took note of Marjan Šarec’s notice of resignation as Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia. This also ended the functions of other members of the Government. Until the election of a new Prime Minister and the appointment of new ministers, the ministers continue to perform their regular duties.