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12th Government of Slovenia

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12th cabinet of Slovenia
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Date formed18 September 2014
Date dissolved13 September 2018
People and organisations
Head of stateBorut Pahor
Head of governmentNot Incumbent
Member partyModern Centre Party (SMC)
Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (DeSUS)
Social Democrats (SD)
Independent (Ind)
Election(s)2014 Election
PredecessorBratušek cabinet
Successor13th Government of Slovenia
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The 12th Government of Slovenia, led by Prime Minister Miro Cerar was announced on 18 September 2014. It is the third in the last four years. It has been formed following the 2014 Slovenian parliamentary election 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 ministers 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 would take place on 13 July 2014. With 34.49% Cerar won by the highest percentage on any parliamentary elections since the independence. The new mandatory decided not to cooperate with Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), as their leader Janez Janša was sentenced to two years imprisonment.[1] 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 whom 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.[2] The Coalition agreement was signed on 3 September 2014.

Cabinet members came from three parties of the new coalition:

On the 14 March 2018, following the verdict of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia to annul the referendum on the so-called "Second Railway track", Miro Cerar announced his resignation as Prime Minister.

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The central powers had taken a few capital cities and major regional capitals, but not for quite a while. That changes this week though. Far to the north with the fall of Riga I'm Indy Nidel, Welcome to the Great War. There was action at Verdun, on the Banjšice Plateau and on the Black Sea last week But also a lot of action away from the field, as the counter revolutionary Moscow state conference was held Here is what followed. Well as I said the fall of Riga followed That city, at the mouth of the Daugav River, on the Baltic coast had long been an objective of the Germans but it had been a formidable obstacle. The Russian defenses were on the eastern bank of the river, but they had a strong bridgehead on the western one and the river itself was nearly half a kilometer wide here. German General Oskar von Hutier now launched his attack He had 750 big guns and 550 mortars but he also had the brilliant artillery officer Georg Bruchmüller Who was known as Durchbruchmüller the guy for breaking through anything guiding them Now he had come up with a system of quick intense bombardment that left defenses too stunned to respond when the main attack was launched The plan was to use 75% gas shells and 25% high explosive ones The region would be saturated with gas which meant the Russians would all have to put on masks which would reduce their ability to do anything else and communications centers would be destroyed by high explosives thus blinding Russian command and isolating it from events Hutier was also using stromtroop tactics with specialist assault squads They were mostly armed with light machine guns, hand grenades and flamethrowers and they were to bypass centers of resistance and breakthrough to attack gun batteries and headquarters heavy guns and follow up infantry would mop up what they had passed but with the river in the mix they were also trained in amphibious operations and could establish bridgeheads so that engineers could set up pontoon bridges at 4 A.M. September 1st the barrage began and it worked wonders Russian guns were silenced and much of the Russian infantry abandoned its post in terror The river crossing that followed begining at 8:30 didn't face much opposition The Russians fell back and their front line would stabilize around 30 km north east of Riga as the Germans took the 4th largest city in Russia with relative ease On the 6th the Kaiser himself came to Riga to review the troops Russia was still having alot of problems at home too There was the growing popularity and power of the Bolsheviks to deal with Reporter John Reed says many of the army officers prefer a defeat to Germany over Bolshevism Army commander Lavr Kornilov now summoned 4000 officers and promised to hang every last bolshevik. Prime Minister Alexander Kerensky visited the front and promised several generals that soon he will create a directory that will assume military control of the country Kornilov agrees with the idea of a military dictatorship just with one change leave out Kerensky. Kerensky thinking Kornilov is in agreement with him asks Kornilov to send a cavalry to Petrograd but Kornilov hestitates Kerensky realises in a couple of days that every thing is not exactly hunky dory between them and then Kornilov demands that Kerensky reassign his army to Petrograd Kerensky refuses and the week ends the usual complete chaos in the Russian government There was a bit of chaos in the French Government as well this week too Prime Minister Alexandre Ribot dismissed interior minister Louis Malvy and in response his whole government resigned He himself will not leave government but becomes foreign minister in new Prime Minister Paul Painlevé's government that is established next week There was fighting in France in the field this week The Canadians were still holding on at Lens surrounded by nests of Germans and pretty continuous fire they attacked the night of the 3rd taking 250 meters from the Germans on half a kilometer front also on the 6th British Colombian troops captured a 300 meter row of houses occupied by 4 companies of Germans So you can see that the micro fighting of the war continued day after day even without major offensives of course there were major offensives underway as well on the Italian front the 11th battle of the Isonzo River was still in progress with heavy fighting on the Banjšice Plateau and Mount Saint Gabriel The Italian storming of the mountian came September 3rd and the London Times described it so Reads quote on screen Another bonus for the Italians was on the Banjšice Plateau some Austrian positions had been abandoned with such haste that they had left behind whole wagons of arms and munitions which the Italians were happy to retrieve and one big offensive was coming to an end in Romania the battle of Merisheshki on the third a Romanian and Russian attack made little progress for heavy losses and both sides then adopted a defensive posture along the front though there were local clashes on September 5th Romanian volunteer and heroine Ecaterina Teodoroiu was killed leading her platoon and on the 8th German general Karl von Wenninger will be killed by artilery fire by virtually all accounts the battle of Merisheshki was a Romanian success yet Martin Gilbert claims kind of the reverse and that the Germans took 18 thousand prisoners which I can't find corroborated anywhere Teodoroiu was originally a nurse but began fighting on the front lines last October captured in November she escaped by killing her German guard in action again she was wounded by artilery and sent to hospital upon her release she was decorated and promoted and given her platoon command von Wenninger was a decorated Generalleutnant, Lieutenant General one of the highest German general ranks in the army who had commanded the defenses in Flanders, Arras and the Somme during the war until his death Those armies weren't the only ones working on defense through at sea the allied adoption of the convoy system as defense against German submarines had slowly been introduced and was a pretty complex operation to get going for example it required constant vigalence so ships either didn't collide with other ships or lose touch with the whole convoy and thats pretty tricky if your steaming along at night with no lights Reads quote on screen but the hard work was paying off by the end of this month 83 convoys had arrived in Britain totaling 1306 ships only 18 ships had been sunk and 8 of those had dropped out of their convoy only 2 ships had been sunk in 55 outward bound convoys German uboats suddenly found the ocean empty too since a tightly packed convoy was only a little more visible than a single ship so you now had one thing moving through the sea instead of a dozen or more seperate targets and even when they did find a convoy it was really risky to try to down a ship since it was protected by destroyers and depth charges so the rate at which allied shipping was being sunk was dropping sharply and the rate at which u boats were being sunk was rising it looked like Britain was not going to be starved out of the war after all though the Germans were trying from the skies as well on the 3rd 6 German planes bombed Sheerness 132 people were killed 96 injured on the 4th came a raid on London and the south east counties with 19 killed and 71 injured that same day 4 Americans were killed in an air raid on a British base hospital in France the first American army personnel to die in France during the war and on September 6th American General John Pershing moved the American headquarters from Paris to Chaumont French president Raymond Poincaré came to inspect the troops that day he was not impressed neither was Pershing it would take time especially when US Secretary of War Newton Baker said that no Americans would go anywhere near the front until they were fully trained and ready Georges Clemenceau pointed out that nobody was ever fully ready for this and france was exhausted and needed help and that was the week, fighting in Italy and Romania convoys at sea, a new French government, and the fall of Riga another notch in the German lipstick case would the Russians keep retreating, would the Germans march on Petrograd for all the chaos there at least Russia was still in the war and at least some of the army was still willing to fight if Petrograd falls, if Russia falls then what would that mean for the allies only time will tell if you want to learn more about the defense mechanisms against German uboats you can click right here to watch our totally under appreciated special episode about that our Patreon supporter of the week is Melanie Cook your support on Patreon means that we can make this show better and better so why don't you also consider supporting us at Don't forget to subscribe see you next time


Changes from the preceding cabinet

The number of ministries rose to 16, up from 13 in the preceding Cabinet of Alenka Bratušek. Anja Kopač Mrak, Gorazd Žmavc, Dejan Židan and Karel Erjavec have retained their position.

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 the 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".[3] 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.[4] After almost 2 months 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.[5]
  • 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 Brussels where she was confirmed as a new European Commissioner for Transport. With her appointment, the ministry became vacant.[6] Cerar named Alenka Smerkolj as a new candidate. She was confirmed on 19 November 2014.[7]
  • 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)[8] 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.[9]
  • 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 dictated by lobbies.[10]

Current composition

Minister Party Portfolio Period
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 –
Mateja Vraničar Erman Independent Minister of Finance 21 September 2016 –
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

Former members

Minister Party Portfolio Period
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

See also


  1. ^ "Cerar zavrnil možnost koalicije z SDS". 7 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Cerar kljub kritikam koalicijskega osnutka upa na široko koalicijo". 29 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Slovenian economy minister resigns after month in office". MMC RTV Slovenija. 18 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Koprivec ne bo gospodarski minister, Cerarju bi novo ime iskala SD in DeSUS". MMC RTV Slovenija. 17 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Počivalšek is confirmed". MMC RTV Slovenija. 3 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Official: Slovenia names Bulc as a new EU commissioner candidate". MMC RTV Slovenija. 10 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Potrjena nova ministrica in rebalans proračuna". MMC RTV Slovenija. 19 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Cerar accepted the resignation offered by Setnikar Cankar". 6 March 2014.
  9. ^ Markeževa po dveh dneh dela odstopila
  10. ^ "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]. (in Slovenian). 25 April 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-07-17. Retrieved 2016-05-04.

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