Slovenian government official dismissed for not answering a journalist’s questions

Ljubljana, 22 February, 2017 - 18:23 (META) 

The Slovenian government dismissed the Head of the Sector for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Tilen Smolnikar a day after giving an embarrassing interview with young journalist Lea Majcen, where he showed he clearly has no clue about his job.

When Majcen tried to interview Smolnikar on February the 16th, after a press conference by the Ministry of Infrastructure in Brdo Castle near Kranj, he showed an obvious lack of knowledge about basic information related to his job. Majcen tried to ask him ten questions about government expenditures for renewable energy and windmills, and he was unable to answer any of them.

In an interview for Croatian TV “RTL”, Majcen later said that the media outlet she works for decided to broadcast the interview because it was clear that the government official lacked the basic knowledge about issues related to his job. According to her, Slovenian taxpayers used to provide Smolnikar with a salary of 2,600 euros.

Majcen is a junior TV journalist who started work at “Channel A” six months ago.

SDSM calls Jolevski to reveal the conversation he had with Congressman Rohrabacher

Skopje, 16 February, 2017 - 15:55 (META) 

The Minister of Defense from the ranks of VMRO-DPMNE, Zoran Jolevski has to explain what was discussed during his meeting with the American Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and whether the meeting was instigated because of the Congressman’s controversial statements about the partition of Macedonia, said today SDSM’s spokesperson, Petre Shilegov at a press conference.

He stressed that it is inadmissible that a Minister of Defense should be using privileges in order to organize private trips and meetings around the world, and after that statements that Macedonia will fall apart to start circulating.

Yesterday, the Prizma portal published that the Ministry of Defense had confirmed for BIRN that Jolevski on the 2nd of February had  met with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher during his visit to the USA.

A few days later, on the 6th of February, the American Congressman, who is also a Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia, in an interview for the Albanian television “Vizion Plus” stated that “Macedonia is not a country” and that it should be divided between Kosovo and Bulgaria.