The Slovenia Times

New FURS head to speed up digitalisation


Ljubljana - Ivan Simič, who was appointed interim head of Financial Administration (FURS) last week, plans to simplify FURS's operations and services as well as speed up digitalisation. But he does not plan to keep the post for more than six months, he told the public broadcaster RTV Slovenija last night.

The government dismissed the previous acting head, Simon Starček, last Wednesday and replaced him with Simič. His term starts on 1 June and will last until a new head is appointed, but no longer than the end of November.

Simič said in the late night news show Odmevi last night that his appointment was proposed by Finance Minister Andrej Šircelj and employees at FURS. He is confident that a lot can be accomplished in six months. "FURS has a good team and I think we will succeed."

One of the reasons he does not want stay on for more than six months is because he owns a tax consulting firm and he is aware that the conflict of interest could become even greater.

Simič is a tax expert and the head of Strategic Council for Debureaucratisation, which is tasked with checking the country's laws to cut the red tape.

He headed the Tax Administration from 2006 to 2008 before it was renamed Financial Administration, first as an interim head and then for a full term. He resigned in 2008. In 2013, he also led Serbia's tax administration.


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