Stanko Stepišnik steps down as Minister of Economic Development and Technology


Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Stanko Stepišnik, has resigned after it emerged that a company in which he had an indirect 5% stake, tool maker EMO Orodjarna, had been receiving government subsidies.

The Minister, a member of Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek’s Positive Slovenia (PS) party has denied any wrongdoing and has been backed by the prime minister although it was felt that his position had become untenable.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Uroš Čufer survived a no-confidence vote on Thursday after the opposition had accused him of poor management in the closure of two small private banks.

Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek has ten days in which to make a new appointment to replace Stanko Stepišnik and may use this as an opportunity to carry out a wider reshuffle of her Cabinet.

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