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Primož Dolenc failed to get the backing of Members of Parliament. Foto: BoBo/Žiga Živulović ml.


Slovenia still seeking a new Central Bank Governor

Primož Dolenc failed to get the backing of Members of Parliament
10. October 2018 ob 14:33
Ljubljana - MMC RTV SLO

The Bank of Slovenia has been without a Governor since April this year and it now seems that this will be the case until at least the end of the year. President of the Republic Borut Pahor announced a new call for applications immediately after Tuesday’s failure, when parliamentary members turned down his candidate for the position.

But this will not be enough, a new round of demanding discussions with parliamentary groups awaits him. A candidate who will enjoy the majority support of Parliament – at least 46 votes – needs to be found. This will be a difficult task given that Slovenia now has a minority government. If the coalition is to have its candidate at the head of the Bank of Slovenia, not only will it have to vote as one, it will also need the support of at least one more party, most probably the Left or NSI.

The second problem is the candidates. Five candidates applied in the first round. They all had sufficient professional credentials, but lacked sufficient political support. As potential candidates in the second round, the media has mentioned primarily the economist Igor Masten and the chief economist at SID bank Damjan Kozamernik. Both have confirmed for the radio that they would be interested in the position of Governor, but only if they had sufficient political support. Which means it’s now all down to politics.

Urška Jereb, Radio Slovenija; translated by A. L.
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