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Coalition summit in shadow of SD-Left squabble


Šarec was happy with the meeting in which the government team presented various projects that are in the pipeline.

Coalition partners expressed satisfaction with the recently presented tax reform, while the minister in charge of social affairs, Ksenija Klampfer, is to present to the public a set of social policy changes tomorrow.

Behind closed doors, Education Minister Jernej Pikalo presented a draft solution that would implement a 2014 decision of the Constitutional Court that private schools providing public curricula must be 100% state funded.

Another priority of the government, health reform, is awaiting a new minister, after Samo Fakin resigned last week due to poor health.

Talking to the press after the meeting at the Brdo pri Kranju conference centre, Šarec said that the summit fulfilled its purpose: presentation of projects running at various ministries.

Moreover, ministers received a number of pointers which they can use in the drafting of legislative changes, which Šarec deemed important.

The coalition parties came together just as the SD, which cannot accept that the ruling LMŠ and Left hammered out the agreement on their own, said it needed another two months of negotiations on the cooperation agreement with the Left, a condition the latter finds unacceptable.

"We expect to sign the agreement as soon as possible. This is the agreement for 2019 and we cannot agree to signing it in mid-June. If we do that the timeline falls apart and nothing will get done," Luka Mesec, the head of the Left's deputy group, told the press earlier today.

Šarec said after the summit that the support by the Left seemed solid, considering that the party supported the 2019 and 2020 supplementary budgets last week.

However, the documents might get vetoed by the upper chamber tomorrow and to be passed again, the coalition will need the votes of the Left. The potential revote will be "the moment of truth for everybody", Šarec said.


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