DUTIES AND GOALS
The basic duties of the Government Office for Legislation are defined in the Ordinance on the organisation and the working area of the Government Office for Legislation (OJ RS, No. 139/06).
Pursuant to Article 21 (3), Article 25 (a) and Article 28 of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia [Uradni list RS] No. 24/05 – official consolidated version), the Government of the Republic of Slovenia herewith adopts the
O R D I N A N C E
on the organisation and areas of activity of the Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Legislation
The Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Legislation (hereinafter: Office) shall be established as an independent specialist service of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia (hereinafter: Government). It shall cover the areas of activity laid down by this ordinance, the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia [Uradni list RS], No. 112/05 – official consolidated version) and by other regulations.
The Office shall perform the following tasks:
– examine, in terms of conformity with the Constitution and the national legal system and the acquis communautaire, and in terms of the rules of legal technique, the law proposals and other acts submitted by the Government to the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia (hereinafter: National Assembly) and those acts for which the National Assembly seeks the opinion of the Government, as well as proposals for legal acts of the Government and draft legal acts of ministers;
– prepare proposals of laws and other acts based on Government resolutions;
– address issues related to the development of the legal system and, in cooperation with the Government and line ministries, provide for the implementation of constitutionality and legality;
– prepare reports, positions and legal opinions regarding individual legal issues related to Government areas of activity that are based on resolutions by the Government or prime minister;
– carry out comparative studies of the law of other countries and international organisations;
– formulate rules of legal technique in drafting law proposals and other acts that the Government proposes to the National Assembly, as well as legal acts of the Government and ministers;
– perform specialist tasks commissioned by the Government and related to the control of constitutionality and legality of regulations issued by ministers;
– monitor and examine the influence of the acquis communautaire on the national legal order and issues related to the implementation of the acquis communautaire, and give its opinions and proposals thereon to the Government and ministries;
– carry out notification of national regulations which have been adopted in order to ensure the transposition of directives into the legal order of the Republic of Slovenia, and report accordingly to the Government;
– coordinate and, in collaboration with line ministries, prepare positions in pre-litigation procedures initiated due to failure to notify;
– monitor the implementation of the Government's working programme in terms of the acquis communautaire;
– participate in the Government's work in the National Assembly;
– publish the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia in compliance with the law;
– manage, control and coordinate the Legal Information System of the Republic of Slovenia;
– ensure publication of regulations of the Government and ministers in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia;
– carry out any other task in compliance with the adopted laws.
In carrying out its tasks, the Office shall cooperate with legal services of the ministries and other Government services, with the National Assembly's Service for Legislation and Legal Affairs, and with other national legal institutions, as well as with the institutions of the European Union and international legal institutions.
The Office shall be headed by a director.
The director of the Office shall be appointed and dismissed by the Government upon the proposal of the Prime Minister.
The director of the Office shall have the same powers as any minister in charge of a ministry.
The director of the Office shall be accountable to the Prime Minister and the Government.
The director of the Office shall have a deputy assisting him/her in managing the Office and carrying out the most demanding specialist tasks in the areas determined by the director. The director may appoint no more than two deputies to perform the most demanding specialist tasks.
The deputy shall be appointed and dismissed by the director.
The director shall appoint the deputy to replace him/her during his/her absence.
The act on internal organisation of the Office and job classification in the Office shall be adopted by the director, subject to prior consent given by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.
As of the entry into force of this Ordinance, the Ordinance on the organisation and areas of activity of the Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Legislation (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia [Uradni list RS] No. 15/01) shall cease to apply.
This Ordinance shall enter into force on the day following its publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia (Uradni list Republike Slovenije).
Ljubljana, 13 December 2006
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia
Janez Janša (m.p.)