National Council (Slovenia)

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National Council

Državni svet Republike Slovenije
Slovenian Parliament
Logo of Drzavni svet.jpg
Founded23 December 1992 [1]
Alojz Kovšca,Representative of craftsmen
since 12 December 2017
Vice President
Matjaž Švagan,Representative of local interests unit 21
(Hrastnik, Trbovlje, Zagorje ob Savi)
since 12 December 2017
Secretary General
dr. Dušan Štrus
since 12 December 2017
Length of term
5 years
First-past-the-post indirect elections in 'functional' interest organisations and 'local' interest communities by electoral bodies.
Last election
22 and 23 November 2017 [2]
Next election
Autumn 2022
Meeting place
Council chamber
Ljubljana, Slovenia

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.


The council has 40 members: [5]

Presidents of the National Council

  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 (Independent) 12 December 2017 – present

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  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