Ljubljana – We go to local elections in less than two weeks, but the conflicts between candidates have not started yet. The first among the main pretenders for capital management was held in the Puppet Theater organized by Dnevnik daily.
According to his latest poll at the end of October, he would be for the current mayor Zoran Jankovic, who is in office for the fourth term – won state policy in a few months, and Positivna Slovenija celebrated with her party in the elections – 59.1% of the respondents voted. It was followed by 18.2% of votes Anže Logar, A member and a third mandate city councilor on the SDS list. Since the survey was conducted on a too small sample, this is not an electoral ad.
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Initially, candidates were introduced; Logar emphasized his commitment to assigned tasks, Jankovic his team and realized more than 2000 projects. Logar did not want to evaluate his colleague because he wants to dedicate himself to the program: "I bet the program, the priorities and concerns about it." However, he said that he did not support the cult of personality, who was the rival, the current mayor, and was surprised and interested in what the SDS president Janez Janša is thinking, who presides over the party from independence.
Jankovic complains that his mayor managed to refuse the story halfway and says: "You so spoke great about street glamurosis, which, in fact, does not have the right weight. We are the only ones in Europe that has closed the city center for all traffic," he said. he added an increase in the number of people connected to the sewage system – in the past ten years the share has increased from 68 to 88 percent, in the next two years it will increase to 98 percent, he announced. He also mentioned Stožice sports park, for which € 114 million was taken from the budget, resulting in a 3 million less.
In the meantime, Logar explained his pre-election slogan We welcome Ljubljana, which Jankovic characterized as insult, because in the last mandates they restored all health centers in Ljubljana, while the building was an extension of the Bežigrajski dom and the renovation of Metelkova. Logar said that the city was responsible for the level of primary health care and that the law does not prevent it from using any means of decreasing rows, such as dentistry, physiotherapy and gynecology, where they are bottlenid. I asked for health services on the market, and Jankovic responded that the counter-candidate had a mixed function and that was not possible.
Harsh words followed among the candidates; Jankovic accused Logar of voting in the National Assembly for the deprivation of 57 million euros in the capital, while Logar returned with the words that he made a banking hole for 60 million euros. "Zoran Jankovic is not obligated to anyone, I have not signed only one contract, the bank is guilty," it was heard.
The candidates agreed that the responsibility for the main bus and train station, which examines the reputation of the city, is in state ownership. While Logar claims that the 12-year-old demonstrator did nothing for traffic arrangements, Jankovic said, among other things, that the number of passenger traffic users increased, that they formed a traffic model, a smart intersection, increased the number of tracks, completed Fabian's inner ring, the new Styrian route.
"People need to get in public transport, this will only work if it's effective." If even then someone insists on driving a car, then he can charge more expensive parking, "Logar announced.
Competitors have a completely different view of citizens' participation, for example, the introduction of a participatory budget. Logar predicts him, because he thinks that the community is important in deciding on which projects it gives money. "People are better able to decide where to put damaged cops, which restore the sidewalk, school or kindergarten, where to travel by bicycle," he said.
Jankovic drew attention to the difference between "someone who sells theory and those dealing with jobs," he was thinking about and pointed out that the city already had such a budget, since everything works according to citizens' wishes. In addition, every three months they are welcomed with representatives of local communities.
They also talked about the access to apartments in the capital, to which citizens come by lot. Janković acknowledged that this issue was tragic, but that he would more likely share the drawings than the assessments at the faculty, and that he had been working hard for five years on the housing stock of the municipality to borrow 50 percent of the capital and build housing.
Logar, he said, more than for huge huge neighborhoods, built of private capital, is dedicated to increasing housing stock through city construction.
Although Jankovic announced that there is no special program for the next term, as his work speaks for himself, Logar announces, among other things, Ljubljana not corruption and traffic jams, technological progress, the introduction of a participatory budget and the construction of a city hospital. Although city health policy is one of the priorities.
Twelve years ago, for the first time he was elected mayor of Ljubljana by 63%, which he managed to repeat for the next three elections. In the meantime, with her party, Positive Slovenia won the parliamentary elections, but the government failed to compile it, and again ran for mayor. Prior to this year's parliamentary elections, Desus was supported, but the party, however, reduced the number of seats in the National Assembly by half.
He has a lot of political experience behind him: the second term is a member of the SDS quota, he is chairman of the Board of that party in Ljubljana, he is employed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government Office for Communications, the Government Office for Development and European Affairs and as a consultant for Slovenia in parliamentary group EPP-ED in the European Parliament. He also worked as a product manager at SKB Bank's marketing department.
At that time, the then President Lithuania rewarded the State for merit in solving a Lithuanian citizen from drowning.
Another 8 candidates, including Marko Koprivc (SD), Dragan Matic (SMC) and Milan Jakopovic (Levica), are also in charge of leading the capital.