The agreement between the budget and rule of law agreed between European Parliament and Council needs to be respected, Slovenian President Borut Pahor said in response to Prime Minister Janez Janša’s letter to EU leaders on Wednesday, in which he backed Poland and Hungary’s opposition.
Partners in the government coalition have distanced themselves from the PM’s letter.
The government did not discuss the letter, it is just the opinion of PM Janša. said Defence Minister Matej Tonin (NSi-EPP).
For his part, Zdravko Počivalšek, leader of the junior partner SMC party, has criticised Janša for letting his personal views overshadow Slovenia’s interests. While Počivalšek agrees with parts of the letter, he regrets Janša’s statement about SMC stealing the 2014 election.
And while Justice Minister Lilijana Kozlovič (SMC) distanced herself from the letter, Health Minister Tomaž Gantar (DeSUS-RE) said it “certainly does not benefit Slovenia’s interests, it puts us among the problematic countries we have never belonged to” and he called for a serious discussion to be held. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)