The Slovenia Times

Robert Šumi takes over as new anti-corruption commission head


Preventive in nature, integrity is the flip side of the coin of fighting corruption and it has the potential to bring results in the long run, Šumi was quoted as saying in today's press release.

In this respect the commission as a preventive supervision institution plays a very important role, said Šumi, stressing his goal was a society with a high degree of integrity and zero tolerance towards unethical actions.

The new president said he would advocate cooperation at all levels of society and push for preventive action to embrace all walks of life, from children to top decision-makers, who should serve as a role model for fellow citizens.

President Borut Pahor appointed Šumi, 45, on 6 February after consulting the vetting commission and studying its report, having interviews with all four shortlisted candidates and after Šumi presented his vision to the public at the Presidential Palace.

The president believes Šumi is highly competent for the job, knowing well the commission's mission and possessing the necessary leadership skills.

Before the appointment, Šumi headed the Police Academy's centre for research and social skills, and also taught at the Faculty for Security Studies of the University of Maribor.

In 2008-2010 he chaired a task force for boosting the integrity of police officers, and in 2011 he became the chair of the integrity and ethics commission, which advises the police commissioner.

Šumi succeeded controversial Boris Štefanec, whose six-year term expired in March and who had not been shortlisted by the vetting commission as suitable despite applying for reappointment.


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