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DARS chairman and management member dismissed


Former Transport Ministry State Secretary Tomaž Vidic was named interim chairman.

The decision on the dismissals was made after the supervisors got acquainted with the findings of an audit into DARS's operations related to its telecommunication subsidiary Delkom at a session dedicated to business plans for 2016.

The audit has found that Delkom was established without government consent, which was in breach of DARS's concession agreement with the state, and without the consent of the supervisory board, the daily Dnevnik reports.

According to a press release from DARS, the articles of incorporation set an "unreasonably high amount of initial capital" and outlines an "unnecessary two-tier system of management", which "affected the economy of operation".

In addition, the two dismissed members of DARS management ordered two legal opinions on the setting up of Delkom in March 2014 and April 2015 with company AR Plane in the total amount of EUR 25,498.

The contents of the two legal opinions, of which one cost EUR 13,908 and the other EUR 11,590, was virtually the same and mostly summed up publicly accessible data, the press release reads.

According to Dnevnik, Knez and Skok were escorted from last night's session by security guards. The pair are also banned from entering the company's premises until further notice, DARS's press release says.

Vidic, former Transport Ministry state secretary and former head of the ministry's Roads Directorate, took over as chairman last night for the period of three months, while the new head for the full term is to be appointed as soon as possible.

The government replaced DARS's supervisory board last September after three supervisors stepped down in late August following chief supervisor Robert Ličen's claim that he had been asked explicitly to replace Knez - appointed in 2012 under the Janez Janša government - by Infrastructure Minister Peter Gašperšič.

The minister rejected this in the strongest terms and demanded an apology.


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