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Stanka Setnikar Cankar was the third member of the Cerar government to offer her resignation. Foto: BoBo

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Cerar accepted the resignation offered by Setnikar Cankar

Minister claims royalties payment is lawful
6. March 2015 ob 20:02
Ljubljana - MMC RTV SLO

Stanka Setnikar Cankar offered her resignation after revelation of high earnings from royalties. PM Miro Cerar accepted her resignation.

Until a replacement is found, Setnikar Cankar will continue to perform the ministerial duties, PM said in his press release. At the meeting he had with the Minister she offered her resignation. The reason she gave were her expectations that the revelation of data on her earnings, in addition to her regular salary, would have a negative influence on her work.

"The Minister is convinced she had done nothing illegal or unethical. I can't give my assessment yet, as I don't know all the circumstances and details. But I have accepted her estimation that it could become a political burden for the work of the government, and I have accepted her resignation," Prime Minister explained.

The Minister of Education is convinced that all the payments she had received were lawful, which should further inspection confirm. She also emphasized that the fact that her earnings in the last ten years were made public constitutes the abuse of personal data.

The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption on Thursday made public the data on contract fees by paid by the state administration and institutes, showing that the former dean of the Faculty of Administration, now Minister of Education Stanislava Setnikar Cankar since April 2004 made 636,000 euros in freelance contracts in addition to her regular salary.

G. C.
Translated by G. K.

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