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The Vice President of the European Commission is angry with the Slovenian Prime Minister over a "defamatory" picture - the world

The Vice President of the European Commission is angry with the Slovenian Prime Minister over a “defamatory” picture – the world

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa angered European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans with a photo on Twitter. Immediately he no longer wanted Jansa in the group photo on the occasion of Slovenia’s assumption of the presidency of the European Union.

Timmermans, President Ursula von der Leyen and quite a few other European Commissioners are in Slovenia because it is the country’s turn to take over the EU presidency for six months. Show Jansa to his guests a picture Two Slovenian judges and some Social Democratic politicians, with the message that these “communists” will infiltrate his country’s judiciary, say insiders.

This “unacceptable and slanderous attack against two judges and two members of the Social Democratic Parliament” went too far for Timmermann. “I simply cannot stand on the same platform with Prime Minister Jansa,” he said. He would challenge the integrity of the judges only because “they were in the same image” as the Social Democrats.

There is no party

The usual festivity that followed was also less festive than usual. Von der Leyen took the opportunity to call on Slovenia to order on two issues affecting democracy and the rule of law. She urged the new EU president to transfer the money to the national news agency again. and expedite the appointment of public prosecutors for the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EOM).

“We believe that Slovenia must ensure independence and adequate funding of the national news agency,” von der Leyen warned. “So we expect a quick solution to release the funding.”

The press agency does not pay

The Slovenian government has not paid the news agency for months. According to the news agency, she wants to pressure her to appoint a new leadership that is more loyal to the government.

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Von der Leyen reiterated that Slovenia must also appoint prosecutors to the new EPPO “with the greatest urgency”. EPPO must fight fraud through European subsidies. Slovenia did not appoint prosecutors because the government did not like them. This makes the country too risky to spend EU money like billions from the Coronavirus Recovery Fund, says the head of EOM.

Timmermans, President Ursula von der Leyen and quite a few other European Commissioners are in Slovenia because it is the country’s turn to take over the EU presidency for six months. Jansa showed his guests a photo of two Slovenian judges and some Social Democratic politicians, with the message that these “communists” will infiltrate his country’s judiciary, say insiders. This “unacceptable and slanderous attack against two judges and two members of the Social Democratic Parliament” went too far for Timmermann. “I simply cannot stand on the same platform with Prime Minister Jansa,” he said. He would challenge the integrity of the judges only because “they were in the same image” as the Social Democrats. The usual festivity that followed was also less festive than usual. Von der Leyen took the opportunity to call on Slovenia to order on two issues affecting democracy and the rule of law. She urged the new EU president to transfer the money to the national news agency again. and expedite the appointment of public prosecutors for the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EOM). “We believe that Slovenia must ensure independence and adequate funding of the national news agency,” von der Leyen warned. “So we expect a quick solution to release the funding.” The Slovenian government has not paid the news agency for months. According to the news agency, she wants to pressure her to appoint a new leadership that is more loyal to the government. Von der Leyen reiterated that Slovenia must also appoint prosecutors to the new EPPO “with the greatest urgency”. EPPO must fight fraud through European subsidies. Slovenia did not appoint prosecutors because the government did not like them. This makes the country too risky to spend EU money like billions from the Coronavirus Recovery Fund, says the head of EOM.

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