Cabinet of Miro Cerar
12th cabinet of Slovenia
|Date formed||18 September 2014|
|People and organisations|
|Head of government||Miro Cerar|
|Head of state||Borut Pahor|
Modern Centre Party (SMC)|
Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (DeSUS)
Social Democrats (SD)
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politics and government of
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Miro Cerar was announced on 18 September 2014. It is the 12th cabinet of Slovenia, third in the last four years. It has been formed following the Slovenian parliamentary election, 2014 won by the centre-left Party of Miro Cerar. With 51 years Cerar was the second oldest Slovenian prime minister since Slovenian independence, following Andrej Bajuk with 56 years. The cabinet had on the day of inauguration the highest number of women ministers representatives, as there were seven women minsters out of sixteen ministers in total. Cerar's cabinet is the highest educated cabinet to date, with six members with doctorate.
After the resignation of the Cabinet of Alenka Bratušek, the president Borut Pahor determined that the new elections are goint to take place on 13 July 2014. With 34,49% Cerar won by the highest percentage on any parliamentary elections since the independence. The new mandatary decided not to cooperate with Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), as their leader Janez Janša was sentenced to two years imprisonment. On 28 July 2014 Cerar sent an outline of the coalition agreement to all other parties that attended the coalition talks. The first to agree was the president of Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia Karel Erjavec, with whoom Cerar gathered the necessary 45+ seats in the parliament. The next and also the last to join the coalition was Dejan Židan with his Social Democrats party. The Coalition agreement was signed on 3 September 2014.
Cabinet members came from three parties of the new coalition:
- Party of Miro Cerar (SMC) - 8 Ministers + 1 Minister without portfolio
- Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (DeSUS) - 3 Ministers + 1 Minister without portfolio
- Social Democrats (SD) - 3 Ministers
Changes from the preceding cabinet
- Ministry without Portfolio responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion was added on the list of ministries without portfolio. With this change, the number of ministries without portfolio rose to two.
- The position of the Vice president of the government was renewed after 14 years, when Marjan Podobnik was the last to hold it. Cerar named three vice presidents.
- Ministry of Interior and Public Administration was divided on two ministries: Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Public Administration.
- Minister of Infrastructure and Urban Planning was also divided on two departments: Ministry of Infrastructure and newly formed (already existent in some previous governments) Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning.
List of ministers and portfolios
- On 18 October 2014, the minister of economy, Jožef Petrovič, resigned and was the first minister to do so in the new government. He resigned just after one month in position because of suspicion of wrongdoing when he worked at a company that was rigging prices when dealing with the state. As he stated he resigned "to enable the government to work in peace in these troubled times". The next candidate was supposed to be Gojko Koprivec but he backed down as a candidate when he got seriously ill just one day before the interrogation. After almost 2 monts of vacancy, Slovenia got a new minister of economy. On December 4, 2014, the director of Spa Olimia Zdravko Počivalšek replaced the ex-minister of economy Jožef Petrovič.
- On 10 October 2014 after Alenka Bratušek failed as a new European Commissioner designate, Slovenia named a new candidate. Minister without Portfolio responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion Violeta Bulc was sent to Brussles where she was confirmed as a new European Commissioner for Transport. With her appointment, the ministry became vacant. Cerar named Alenka Smerkolj as a new candidate. She was confirmed on 19 November 2014.
- On 6 March 2014 Minister of Education, Science and Sport Stanka Setnikar Cankar resigned because of revelation of her high earnings from royalties (636,000 euros since April 2004) After some time (intern minister was Miro Cerar) Klavdija Markež was appointed to take her position, starting on 30 March 2015.
- On 1 April 2015, after five days as minister, Klavdija Markež resigned amidst allegation of plagiarism regarding her MA thesis.
- On 25 April 2016, after she had been summoned by the Prime Minister Cerar to resign due to the delay in the execution of governmental decisions and she had refused to do so, the minister of culture, Julijana Bizjak Mlakar, did resign. The reason was her disagreement with the Prime Minister regarding the management of the Idrija Mine, in regard to which she opined that the governmental decision was dicateted by lobbies.
|Miro Cerar||SMC||Prime Minister||18 September 2014 –|
|Karl Erjavec||DeSUS||Vice president
Minister of Foreign Affairs
|18 September 2014 –|
|Dejan Židan||SD||Vice president
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food
|18 September 2014 –|
|Boris Koprivnikar||SMC||Vice president
Minister of Public Administration
|18 September 2014 –|
|Dušan Mramor||Independent||Minister of Finance||18 September 2014 –|
|Vesna Györkös Žnidar||SMC||Minister of Interior||18 September 2014 –|
|Andreja Katič||SD||Minister of Defence||13 May 2015 –|
|Zdravko Počivalšek||SMC||Minister of Economic Development and Technology||4 December 2014 –|
|Goran Klemenčič||SMC||Minister of Justice||18 September 2014 –|
|Anja Kopač Mrak||SD||Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities||18 September 2014 –|
|Milojka Kolar Celarc||SMC||Minister of Health||18 September 2014 –|
|Tone Peršak||DeSUS||Minister of Culture||20 May 2016 –|
|Maja Makovec Brenčič||SMC||Minister of Education, Science and Sport||13 May 2015 –|
|Peter Gašperšič||SMC||Minister of Infrastructure||18 September 2014 –|
|Irena Majcen||DeSUS||Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning||18 September 2014 –|
|Alenka Smerkolj||SMC||Minister without Portfolio responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion||19 November 2014 –|
|Gorazd Žmavc||DeSUS||Minister without portfolio for Slovenian diaspora||18 September 2014 –|
|Source: Vlada Republike Slovenije|
|Jožef Petrovič||SMC||Minister of Economic Development and Technology||18 September 2014 – 4 December 2014|
|Violeta Bulc||SMC||Minister without Portfolio responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion||18 September 2014 – 19 November 2014|
|Stanka Setnikar Cankar||SMC||Minister of Education, Science and Sport||18 September 2014 –6 March 2015|
|Janko Veber||SD||Minister of Defence||18 September 2014 –13 May 2015|
|Klavdija Markež||SMC||Minister of Education, Science and Sport||27 March 2015 –1 April 2015|
|Julijana Bizjak Mlakar||DeSUS||Minister of Culture||18 September 2014 –25 April 2016||Source: Vlada Republike Slovenije|
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- "Cerar zavrnil možnost koalicije z SDS". Siol.net. 7 July 2014.
- "Cerar kljub kritikam koalicijskega osnutka upa na široko koalicijo". Siol.net. 29 July 2014.
- "Slovenian economy minister resigns after month in office". MMC RTV Slovenija. 18 October 2014.
- "Koprivec ne bo gospodarski minister, Cerarju bi novo ime iskala SD in DeSUS". MMC RTV Slovenija. 17 November 2014.
- "Počivalšek is confirmed". MMC RTV Slovenija. 3 December 2014.
- "Official: Slovenia names Bulc as a new EU commissioner candidate". MMC RTV Slovenija. 10 October 2014.
- "Potrjena nova ministrica in rebalans proračuna". MMC RTV Slovenija. 19 November 2014.
- "Cerar accepted the resignation offered by Setnikar Cankar". 6 March 2014.
- Markeževa po dveh dneh dela odstopila
- "Bizjak Mlakarjeva odstopila in Cerarjevi vladi očitala, da deluje v interesu lobijev in zanemarja zakone" [Bizjak Mlakar Resigns and Accuses Cerar's Government of the Work in the Interest of Lobbies and of Neglecting the Laws]. Reporter.si (in Slovenian). 25 April 2016.