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21.05.15

Government approves the draft amendments to the Criminal Code

At today's session, the government approved the draft amendments to the Criminal Code, in which the crucial novelties include the partial exclusion of criminal liability in cases of offences relating to the disclosure of classified information, which is a response to numerous warnings from the domestic and international public regarding criminal proceedings against some journalists who disclosed classified information in the belief that they were acting in the public interest.

 

In addition, the amendments to the Criminal Code stipulate a new offence, stalking, and introduce new safety measures, such as restraining orders and prohibiting offenders from communicating with victims;   they also criminalise users of services provided by victims of human trafficking and introduce a new criminal offence with regard to forced marriages and civil partnerships. The proposed changes increase safety in personal relationships and the protection of victims of human trafficking.

 

 

The government also approved draft amendments to the Enforcement and Securing of Civil Claims Act, which implements the constitutional principle of the welfare state in enforcement proceedings, as it limits more clearly enforcements with regard to assets which are absolutely necessary for individuals to meets their basic needs. The amendments, with which the government is fulfilling its commitment from the 2015–2016 Social Agreement, thus prevents orders for enforcement of sums equivalent to the minimum wage, limits attachment orders on veteran’s supplements only to the enforcement of priority claims (such officially set child maintenance) and expands the range of what is excluded from enforcement to a single payment for accepting a child into a foster family and the income of a debtor in accordance with the Labour Market Regulation Act. The amendments also limit the costs that debt collectors can charge for their services to persons with income that cannot be seized.

 

 

The government approved the draft act on the systematic investigation of projects of national significance. The draft act is a response to the numerous example of reasonable criticism regarding major investment projects funded by taxpayers that seem to have breach legislation. The draft act, which is modelled on the successful example of Iceland, provides the legal basis for establishing special investigative commissions to will perform targeted systematic investigations of all stages of planning and implementing projects of national significance in which Slovenia is directly or indirectly involved.

 

 

The approved draft act on the Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions Act is a well-considered change in the currently established system, which lays down stricter conditions for postponing the enforcement of sanctions, improves the legal safety of convicted persons and eliminates administrative obstacles and streamlines the performance of some tasks of judicial police. The draft amendments re-define the examples of avoiding a prison sentence from medical reasons (e.g. abusing legitimate postponement on medical grounds), as this is possible only in the case of hospital treatment.

 

 

The government also approved the draft Act on the extension of the transitional period in the field of the free movement of citizens of the Republic of Croatia and their family members, extending the transitional period after 1 July 2015 for another 3 years.

 

 

In addition, several programmes for repairing damage caused by floods last autumn and the report on the implementation of the action plan for implementing urgent activities due to flooding for April have been adopted.

 

 

 

The government approves the text of the draft Declaration on the Foreign Policy of the Republic of Slovenia

 

The government approved a draft declaration on foreign policy, which will provide the basis for drafting a strategic foreign policy document, which will define the goals and methods of attaining them in greater detail.

 

The last strategic document on foreign policy is the declaration of 1999, which mainly focused on achieving Slovenia’s membership of the EU and NATO, so the goals have largely been realised and a new document is needed. The declaration defines the basic values and principles, goals and priorities and areas of operation of Slovenian foreign policy.

 

Slovenian foreign policy will focus on bolstering economic links at national and regional levels in the Alps-Adriatic-Danube region, with the organisations of countries of Central Europe and Central-European, increasing the recognition of the Port of Koper as the leading port in the North Adriatic and Central Europe linked to the Baltic-Adriatic transport corridor, and care for the position and development of the Slovenian minority in Austria, Italy, Croatia and Hungary and the connection of Slovenes living in all parts of the world to their homeland.

 

Slovenia will also strive for safer migration and combat human trafficking, and advocate the rights of children, women, national minorities and other highly vulnerable groups.

 

In addition, Slovenia will be actively engaged in resolving problems connected to climate change, promote sustainable management and the preservation of water resources and forest wealth and biotic and geographical diversity. 


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