National Council

Državni svet Republike Slovenije
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
History
Founded23 December 1992; 29 years ago (1992-12-23)[1]
Leadership
President
Alojz Kovšca
since 12 December 2017
Vice President
Matjaž Švagan
since 12 December 2017
Secretary General
Dušan Štrus
since 12 December 2017
Structure
Seats40
Length of term
5 years
Elections
First-past-the-post
Indirect election
Last election
22 and 23 November 2017[2]
Next election
Autumn 2022
Meeting place
Council Chamber
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Website
www.ds-rs.si

The National Council (Slovene: Državni svet) is according to the Constitution of Slovenia the representative of social, economic, professional and local interest groups in Slovenia and has a legislative function working as a corrective mechanism of the National Assembly, although it does not itself pass acts.[3] It may be regarded as the upper house, but the bicameralism is distinctively incomplete.[4] It is not elected directly by the population, but meant to represent different interest groups in the country. The councillors are elected for a five-year term.

The current President of the National Council is Alojz Kovšca from 12 December 2017.

Composition

The council has 40 members:[5]

Presidents of the National Council

Main article: List of Presidents of the National Council of Slovenia

  1. Ivan Kristan (LDS): 23 December 1992 – 17 December 1997
  2. Tone Hrovat (SLS): 17 December 1997 – 17 December 2002
  3. Janez Sušnik (DeSUS): 17 December 2002 – 12 December 2007
  4. Blaž Kavčič (LDS / SMS-Zeleni): 12 December 2007 – 12 December 2012
  5. Mitja Bervar (LDS / SMC) 12 December 2012 – 12 December 2017
  6. Alojz Kovšca (GAS / Concretely) 12 December 2017 – present

References

  1. ^ "History". Državni svet Republike Slovenije. December 3, 2013.
  2. ^ "Volitve v Državni svet RS - Leto 2017". Državna volilna komisija (in Slovenian). Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  3. ^ "U-I-295/07-8" (in Slovenian). Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  4. ^ Lakota, Igor (2006). Sistem nepopolne dvodomnosti v slovenskem parlamentu (diplomska naloga) [The system of incomplete bicameralism in the Slovenian Parliament (diploma thesis)] (PDF) (in Slovenian). Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. p. 62. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  5. ^ According to the information that can be found at the website of the National Council Archived 2006-04-22 at the Wayback Machine