19.12.2012 18:16
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Coalition Welcomes Constitutional Court's Decision, Opposition Unhappy

Ljubljana, 19 December (STA) - Most coalition parties welcomed the Constitutional Court's decision that referenda on the bad bank and sovereign holding would have caused unconstitutional consequences. The opposition Social Democrats (SD) on the other hand said the court changed its position completely in comparison to last year, while Positive Slovenia (PS) expressed surprise.

The decision announced on Wednesday was labelled a "bulwark for Slovenia's sovereignty" by Prime Minister Janez Janša, the president of the ruling Democrats (SDS).

Coalition People's Party (SLS) head Radovan Žerjav welcomed the decision. "Now we will finally be able to implement the key measure to kick-start the economy: a bad bank, with which systemic banks will be freed of bad investments."

The Citizens' List (DL) believes the decision to be a positive sign for the international public. "With this we are conveying the message that we are capable of handling our problems ourselves and that we will be able to get out of the crisis without help from outside."

The New Slovenia (NSi) said the decision was "a pre-Christmas gift to Slovenia". This is a step toward a more normal situation in the country, the party said. It also believes that the decision sent a strong positive message.

The Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) was very brief, saying only that such a decision had been expected.

The PS, which requested the sovereign holding referendum, expressed surprise with the decision. They hope however that compromise solutions the party reached with Finance Minister Janez Šušteršič after the law was adopted will be incorporated.

Janko Veber of the SD echoed the dissenting opinion of constitutional judge Etelka Korpič-Horvat, who said that the court should have also reviewed the two acts, as they did with pension reform referendum last year, allowing the vote to take place.

The sovereign holding act is not needed to overcome the crisis, it serves only the purpose of privatisation, while the bad bank act is not in line with the banking act and it also makes companies voluntarily to political influence, Veber said.

19.12.2012 18:16

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