Several directors of public enterprises to be dismissed

By the end of this week, the Serbian government would have replaced directors of public enterprises whose management skills were considered inadequate and badly executed.

Serbian PM, Aleksandar Vučić announced the dismissal of directors of all public companies that had not been performing well. „Everybody who hasn’t done their job properly is going to be replaced very soon“, Vucic was quoted as saying.

When asked to name names, Vucic just said that he “was clear enough”.

“Prime Minister Vucic and his team have been analyzing the work done by certain directors for months now, and the list of those who are going to be dismissed is quite long. The list will be final in the next few days”, a government source of the Blic daily says.

The source goes on to say that certain directors had doctored business reports which were then submitted to the prime minister whose team of economist had to re-check them.

The dismissal of Director General of the Bor Mining and Smelting Basin (RTB), Blagoje Spasovski is almost certain. His name has been tied to many affairs and omissions, while RTB has been draining the Serbian budget for many years now. Also, the IMF has insisted on this issue to be resolved as soon as possible.

Director of Putevi Srbije (Serbian Roads), Zoran Drobnjak is also on the list of the public company executives that would be asked to leave. Although, the speculations about his dismissal have been rife for years now, Serbian PM has finally managed to find an adequate person to replace Drobnjak.

The situation in the Serbian Railways has somewhat improved but there is still a lot to do, so the question remains whether director Miroslav Stojcic will remain in his position.

Although, the IMF also demanded from the Serbian government to deal with the pressing issue of the debt amassed by Srbijagas (the state’s gas monopoly), the dismissal of Srbijagas’ director, Dusan Bajatovic will not be that easy because his position was guaranteed as a result of a coalition agreement between SNS and SPS. Also, Vice President of SPS is favoured by the Russian government which is eager to control the energy sector.

After being appointed acting director of the Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS), many thought that Milorad Grcic would not hold that position for long. Still, the plans have changed and EPS is now doing well. “EPS has 500 million Euros in its account and has no problem with the cash flow”, the Serbian Prime Minister said recently.

(Blic, 04.01.2017)

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