Koliko je 258,5 miljona evrov?

Tokrat v slovenščini o Sloveniji. Kar ne morem nehati razmišljati o tem, da je moja država nabavila za 258,5 miljona evrov vojaške opreme. 135 oklepnikov dokaj ciničnega imena Patria.

patriaOk, najprej dajmo cifro v perspektivo. 258,5 miljona evrov je skoraj 62 miljard bivših tolarjev (po Financah). Državni proračun Slovenije za leto 2007 je 1954,3 miljard tolarjev oziroma 8,15 miljarde evrov. Povprečna plača za mesec november 2006 je bila približno 1400 evrov. Danes je bilo objavljeno poslovanje LEKa v letu 2006 – celotna prodaja enega največjih podjetij v Sloveniji je v obdobju enega leta znašala 721 miljonov evrov. Celotna mirovna operacija OZN v Zahodni Sahari (MINURSO) je do danes stala 1,1 miljarde evrov, traja pa že 16 let. Enoleten proračun EU znaša 100 miljard evrov. Mladina poda še eno zanimivo primerjavo:

“Na začetku leta 2006 je v državi službovalo 969 sodnikov. Njihova povprečna letna bruto plača po podatkih vrhovnega sodišca znaša 8 milijonov. Torej bi lahko z vsoto, namenjeno oklepnikom, vse sodnike v državi plačevali dobrih osem let.”

Torej: za 135 oklepnikov plačamo enako kot za 8 let delovanja vseh sodnikov v državi. Ali za recimo 3 leta in 3/4 120 let mirovnih operacij OZN. Slovenska prioriteta so torej oklepniki. Zakaj?

Težko je pravzaprav priti do razlogov za nakup. Mediji se predvsem posvečajo raziskovanju razpisne dokumentacije, poteka izbire dobavitelja, ministrovim nespretnim izjavam (zanimiv primer na 24ur, hvala Jure), vendar obenem pozabljajo na bistveno vprašanje. Kaj je slovensko vlado (prejšnjo in zdajšnjo) pripeljalo do odločitve, da porabi 8,15 miljarde 258,5 miljona evrov za nakup oklepnikov (sic!)?

Politično spretni se sklicujejo na NATO, ker je to vedno varno področje. Nasprotniki vstopa Slovenije so bili po porazu na referendumu leta 2003 relativno tiho, politična elita se zaveda finančnih posledic vstopa in ergo: nihče sedaj smiselnosti nabave ne postavlja pod vprašaj. Recimo, da je to sprejemljiv finančen zalogaj za vstop v NATO, zakaj prav oklepniki? V mirnem času so neuporabni. Zakaj ne helikopterji, zakaj ne medicinske enote, zakaj ne sredstva za vojaški transport, zakaj ne…?

Zakaj sta NATO in EU vedno argumenta za izdatke, ki se ne smejo postaviti pod politični vprašaj in so nespremenljivi? Slovenska politika bi se lahko naučila bolje argumentirati svoje naložbe.

Predstavljajte si 135 oklepnikov v koloni. En oklepnik je dolg 7,75 metra (podatki tukaj). čŒe jih na tesno parkiraš dobiš več kot en kilometer dolgo gmoto jekla. In 1080 gum.

For those that are better skilled in English: The Slovenian government recently announced the purchase of 135 military armoured vehicles named Patria. The only reason for this brilliant decision that I have come accross is our membership in NATO. I simply cannot swallow this: it can’t be so easy. The politicians should begin to argue better their case and not pretend we have to comply with orders “from above”. Take it or leave it.

Maja, hvala za popravke pri številkah.

The weekend gone, nice progress.

It’s again well over 1am and I’m still in front the computer. But I have to admit, I took it relatively easy until very late today. It was a Sunday at the end of the day.

KulaFor those sceptics of Belgian weather note this: it’s the 21st of January and I went for a nice ride with the bike to the Forêt de Soignes (Sonian Forest) – the large forest attached to Brussels. The day started with a very promising sunshine waking me up around 11am, so would have been a pity to miss it. After 1,5 hours of riding through mud and meeting mostly horses, I was on my way back home when it started to rain. Quite pleasant, but not a real surprise.

I also met someone I should probably call up more often. I will Tomaz, I will.

Then off I went to a friends’ place to work on some federalist planning:) Since I’m still chairing the JEF Europe Federal Committee (=FC) together with Florian and Elina, we have to do our bit of work. After a pleasant conversation over German/EU politics (Verheugen was on the list as well…) we finished the draft and I left to have a siesta.

At this point I have to admit. Yes, I saw “Pride and Prejudice” – the classic novel written by Jane Austen back in 1813 turned into a nice movie by Joe Wright. Saray would have been surprised that I appreciate anything less superb as Scorsese (just recently seen his “The Departed”). Well I did.

A short chat with a good friend that just returned from a mission in Kosovo, a short chat with my mum and a bit of work on the Masters applications. Will write on this more, it’s a nice story to tell.

Off to another working week.

Clinton Bis?

One political news was everywhere today: Hillary Clinton joined the race for the US Presidency (see article from BBC here). With the elections up in 2008, she joins another Democratic  Senator – Barack Obama – in the race to get what we would call “the most powerful seat on Earth”. Hm, I do not recall something similar. Hillary is (still) married to a former US President Bill Clinton – a marriage that was less then pleasant from what I could tell. The affairs of the former President went public more than one time.

But let’s judge her apart. After the sudden rise of Ségolène Royal on the French left Hillary represents the change in the old well-established democracies that tended to be quite rigid and traditional. There has never been either a US female president or a French one. Think of it for a moment.

Of course, this should not be the predominant reason to support either of them, but is an interesting phenomenon.  I’ve recently seen Ségolène Royal speaking at the PES Congress in Porto and frankly wasn’t impressed. I’ve neither been particularly impressed by Hillary Clinton, for I largely dislike American politics in general…and she hasn’t managed to make me change my mind. But she’s of course a better bet than GWB. As is Ségolène Royal better than Sarko.

“OK, so what!” you would say & rules

OK, I’m not the first, nor probably the last person to write a blog. There is a strange feeling about joining the blogosphere -  somehow I know there are millions of people that write about more meaningful things that I might. But somehow I had to do it. Why? Two reasons:

1. I noticed that almost 50% of the things I read recently on the web is either via RSS feeds or directly blogs.

2. I surely do have some things to say.

Here are some rules:

– I will mostly write in English, but Slovenian will be the second choice.

– I will write boring stuff as well.

– I will try to do it regularly (not the boring stuff, the blog in general).

“OK, so what!” you would say. Nothing major, but perhaps another element of freedom and individual communication on this planet.

Hm, planning my days -website done

Saray has left for Kenya, Nairobi to work at the World Social Forum. She will be back next Thursday, which leaves me with planning my days alone…OK, OK, not that I haven’t done it before and not that I wouldn’t have enough to fill them with. But it certainly feels different.
So, you would wonder what I would come up with. Well, I spent most of the days in the office and today finalizing my website. Yes, it’s finally there. Enjoy it.
Hm, when you have time you actually have to plan.