National Council (Slovenia)
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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. It may be regarded as the upper house, but the bicameralism is distinctively incomplete. The council has 40 members: 22 representatives of local interests, six representatives of non-commercial activities, four representatives of employers, four of employees and four representatives of farmers, crafts, trades and independent professionals. 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 Blaž Kavčič from December 12, 2007.
Presidents of the National Council
- Ivan Kristian December 23, 1992 - December 17, 1997
- Tone Hrovat December 17, 1997 - December 17, 2002
- Janez Sušnik December 17, 2002 - December 12, 2007
- Blaž Kavčič December 12, 2007 – Present
- "U-I-295/07-8" (in Slovene). Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
- Lakota, Igor (2006). Sistem nepopolne dvodomnosti v slovenskem parlamentu (diplomska naloga) [The system of incomplete bicameralism in the Slovenian Parliament (diploma thesis)] (in Slovene). Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. p. 62. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
- According to the information that can be found at the website of the National Council
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