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PM checking whether Commission would drop ECB lawsuit


He was responding to a report by the newspaper Delo that he had sent a letter to Commissioner President Ursula von der Leyen, offering a "settlement".

Janša posted his response as a retweet of a tweet by Social Democrats (SD) leader Tanja Fajon, who shared the Delo report, criticising him for undermining Slovenia's reputation in Brussels.

Referring to Fajon's tweet, Janša also added that the decision to write to von der Leyen had been made because the experience of SD former president and former Agriculture Minister Dejan Židan, "who lost teran, has taught us a lesson, but apparently not the radically incompetent leftists".

Delo says in the article that the decision to write to Brussels had not been discussed nor decided on by the cabinet.

Public boradcaster RTV Slovenija reported today that Janša had inquired under what circumstances would the Commission be ready to withdraw the lawsuit.

The Justice Ministry and the state prosecution, which prepared a response to the lawsuit, told RTVS they were not acquainted with Janša's letter. But the prosecution told RTV that the lawsuit was the reason why criminal proceedings had not been launched yet against the former management of Banka slovenije before Slovenian courts.

The case dates back to 2016, when police seized some documents of the European Central Bank (ECB) in a house search at Slovenia's central bank carried out as part of an investigation into alleged wrongdoing in the 2013 bank bailout in Slovenia.

The ECB and the Commission maintain that the seized documents fall under the principle of immunity of ECB documents and could not be used in the investigation.

The case is considered a precedence because immunity of ECB archives has rarely been discussed in courts, thus the ruling in this case would be important for all EU members to see how the court defined its use.

Slovenia insists that the concept of privileges and immunities is defined much more narrowly in international law than it is interpreted by the Commission.


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