Serbian Post Offices CEO denies wrongdoing in deal with Telekom

NEWS 13.10.2021 14:51
Source: Ministarstvo odbrane

The CEO of the Serbian Post Offices denied any wrongdoing in a deal to sell the Posta NET provider to the state-owned Telekom Serbia.

Zoran Djordjevic, a ranking official of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and two-time cabinet minister, told N1 that Post Offices and Telekom lawyers made sure that the deal was done in line with the law.

The Post Offices and Telekom Serbia signed a contract to transfer the Posta NET provider to Telekom without a public tender being called, denying all other telecommunications companies an opportunity to make offers.

Djordjevic said that the country’s information protection Commissioner had been contacted in terms of informing clients of the change of operator before the sale of Posta NET and added that everything was done in line with procedures.

He also denied a claim by Telekom CEO Vladimir Lucic that his company bought cable and Internet infrastructure, saying that the optical infrastructure was not for sale. “In terms of a tender, we received permission and an opinion from the Finance Ministry that this is not public property since no assets were sold since this is about clients and clients are not public property. Taking over clients and prices will depend on how many of them agree to move to Telekom Serbia. That is when you will know how much,” Djordjevic said.

He said that questions about the purchase of infrastructure should be addressed to Telekom. “Serbian Post Offices infrastructure is not for sale. Optical infrastructure is a treasure which has huge value for the Post Offices,” he said.

SBB said earlier on Wednesday that it had received no reply to its letter to Prime Minister Ana Brnabic asking why no tender was called for the sale of Post Offices assets.