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Slovenian Fiscal Council opinion has judiciary follow-up

The Slovenian Fiscal Council: Request to the Constitutional Court for an assessment based on the Fiscal Council’s negative opinion on budgetary documents.

The Fiscal Council of the Republic of Slovenia assessed the Proposal for the Ordinance amending the Ordinance on the Framework for Preparing General Government Budgets for the Period 2018–2020 (MTBF), that sets the maximum limit for general government expenditure, in December 2018. The Fiscal Council concluded that the MTBF was not in line with the Fiscal Rule Act. Despite this negative opinion, the MTBF was adopted by the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia. In February 2019, the Government submitted the Proposal of Revised State Budget for 2019 that was in line with the adopted MTBF and thus not in line with the Fiscal Rule Act. The Revised State Budget was adopted by the National Assembly in proposed form. In April 2019, this was followed by the request of 32 opposition MPs for an assessment by the Constitutional Court of Slovenia of the abovementioned budget documents. The request rests on the fact that the fiscal rule is embedded in the Article 148 of the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia, while its implementation is defined by the Fiscal Rule Act. The Constitutional Court has already decided it would put the decision regarding the request on the absolute priority list.

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