News 2015

Trust of Slovenian citizens and businesses in its Government ranks dead last among the OECD countries

20.09.2015

  • According to the OECD survey, confidence in the Slovenian Government fell by 30 percentage points compared to 2007 - the biggest drop in the entire OECD
  • Despite the lack of trust and poor government performance, the Transition Left manages to retain power on account of fraud, lies and abuses of the justice system
  • The ruling coalition insists on its ideological foundation which is also demonstrated in the Government’s refusal to support the European Parliament Resolution on European Conscience and Totalitarianism in the National Assembly

Recently published OECD survey “Government at a Glance 2015” shows that the county with the biggest drop in the level of trust in the Government is Slovenia. Citizen’s confidence in Miro Cerar’s Government fell by 30 percentage points compared with the trust from 2007, when Janez Janša led the Government. Slovenian Government is therefore trusted by only 18 % of respondents, which is the worst performance among OECD countries. Even Greece ranked better than Slovenia.

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The survey of the World Economic Forum “The Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015” ranks Slovenia on 70th place regarding the competitiveness. Compared with the last WEF survey, Slovenia dropped 10 places, while in the 2006-2007 survey Slovenia ranked 33rd.

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The OECD survey points to the phenomenon we are witnessing in Slovenia: the confidence in the governments, which have mainly consisted of the left-wing political parties decreases each year, but nevertheless these parties are given the mandate to run the country. Slovenian Democratic Party has informed the international community several times about the lack of the rule of law, of the fact that Slovenia is ruled by the networks, which still derive strength from the previous communist regime and that the judiciary is highly biased and politically motivated.

Even before the end of a successful term of the Government led by Janez Janša (2004-2008), for which the OECD noted a high level of citizen’s trust, the attacks against Janez Janša and the SDS started to escalate. Dominant media coupled with the methods known only in authoritarian regimes prevented fair and democratic political competition. Let us recall only a few:

  • Just before the 2008 parliamentary elections the Patria affair was set up, which culminated right before the 2014 general elections, when the Slovenian opposition leader Janez Janša was convicted and imprisoned. The Constitutional Court later annulled the judgment.
  • Report of the Commission for Prevention of Corruption about the wealth state of the President of the SDS Janša had huge political consequences and led to the fall of Janša’s Government. The Supreme Court later annulled this report as it unlawfully interfered with the constitutional rights of Mr Janša.
  • After Mr Janša was unjustly imprisoned, the parliamentary majority in the Slovenian Parliament deprived him of his parliamentary mandate. The Constitutional Court later annulled this decision.

All this indicates that part of the Slovenian political culture, which is based on lies and deceit, is reinforcing. The market of political ideas is disabled, fair competition between political parties is prevented and instead constructs and discredits are prevailing. With such trends, even execution is possible, a possibility, which has already been predicted by Milan Kučan, former President of the Slovenian Communist Party and later President of the Republic of Slovenia.

After one year of the Miro Cerar’s Government there are no changes for the better. Privatization of state enterprises - one of the Slovenia’s commitments to the European Union - has been slowed down and sought to be prevented by the interest old networks. Besides international institutions, low trust in the Government is perceived by the public opinion pooling as well. Ideologically, the ruling coalition remains true to its foundation, which is demonstrated in the Government’s refusal to support the European Parliament Resolution on European Conscience and Totalitarianism in the National Assembly.