Based on applications received in the call for the collection of proposals for potential candidates for Deputy Ombudsman, which was published on 18 November 2022 and to which four candidates responded, Ombudsman Peter Svetina has proposed Dr Dijana Možina Zupanc as his Deputy. He sent a proposal for her appointment to the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia on 12 December 2022. In that proposal, Mr Svetina wrote that the candidate is characterised by a wealth of expertise, credibility and experience both in Slovenia and internationally, and he believes that she will be of great assistance to him.
“Given her previous work, expertise, experience and engagement, I believe that the proposed candidate is qualified to perform the function of Deputy Human Rights Ombudsman,” wrote Ombudsman Svetina in the proposal he sent to the National Assembly.
The Human Rights Ombudsman Act states that the Ombudsman shall have at least two and no more than four deputies. Based on his proposal, those persons are appointed by the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia, which has 45 days from the submission of the Ombudsman’s proposal to decide on the appointment of a deputy. The term of office of deputies is six years, with the possibility of reappointment.
Human Rights Ombudsman Peter Svetina published a call for the collection of proposals for a fourth deputy back in December 2021 following the retirement of Deputy Marjeta Cotman, but did not select any candidate at that time. The call for the collection of proposals for potential candidates for Deputy Ombudsman was repeated on 18 November 2022 due to the broad scope of work areas.