STA, June 1, 2022 – Prime Minister Robert Golob’s cabinet was sworn in on Wednesday and immediately took office after the composition was confirmed in a 53:28 vote in the National Assembly 38 days after the general election.
The left-liberal government, a coalition of Golob’s Freedom Movement, Social Democrats (SD) and the left, takes office amid heightened international uncertainty due to the war in Ukraine and the crisis imminent energy and food.
Golob acknowledged that he won’t get the usual 100-day grace period and would have to get to work immediately, which is why his team includes a combination of politicians and seasoned experts.
“I’m glad we have such a good team and I look forward to the weeks, months, years and terms to come where I know this team will perform well,” he said.
The new government team will initially include 17 ministers, including three without portfolio, but will be expanded once the government law is amended.
Golob said tackling rising food and energy prices would be an immediate priority, as well as preparing for the fall, when the next wave of Covid is likely to hit.
In the longer term, the government plans to focus on green transformation and climate change, reform of the health system and the social security system, and a particular focus on knowledge-based services.
Golob was elected on a promise to normalize society and reform the way politics is conducted after two turbulent years under the conservative Janez Janša government.
In his first remarks after the cabinet confirmation, he announced that a review of “all damaging measures” by the previous government would be conducted within a week, including all appointments, reassignments and legislative changes.
“We want to have a clear picture,” he said, adding that they would decide what needs to be “restored to its previous form if we want a normal state.”
While domestic politics have been a focus in recent weeks, Golob also said the new government would return Slovenia to its rightful place at the heart of the EU.
EU partners can expect the new government to be more predictable and focused on strengthening the EU, instead of ‘rushing into solo actions trying to find a leading role “.
Golob officially took over from Janša just hours after securing his new cabinet in a handover ceremony that saw the new and former prime minister take on a conciliatory tone that contrasted with the heated exchanges they had had during the campaign.
Janša advised the new government to take his government as a role model when it comes to achievements.
He said public finances were in good shape and the seas were calmer than when his government took power two years ago, but he acknowledged there were many dangerous reefs in the water.
“We want the government to achieve good results. If they are good, it is good for all of us, if they are bad, it will be bad for all of us,” Janša said.
Golob thanked Janša for a productive and thorough handover of power and for all the good his government has done. “I would have done a lot of things differently, but that doesn’t diminish the importance of the successes they achieved.”
He said they “agreed on a lot of things”, including the fortuitous moment, with the government starting its term early enough to be able to prepare through the summer for the challenges ahead in the fall.
“I wish the seas were calm. But we are privileged that the voters were clear and gave us plenty of seats in parliament so that we have a strong coalition.
“I am confident that we can succeed and that we won’t have to look for excuses outside of our circle…Now is the time to stop talking and get to work,” he said. declared.