Ex-energy boss Golob entering politics

Ljubljana – After failing to get another term as CEO of the energy trader GEN-I, Robert Golob is entering politics. He told the newspaper Delo his decision to get active in politics through a non-partisan movement was final. He is not ruling out a bid in the April general election.

In an interview run by Delo on Thursday, Golob said the period of his political passivity was over, regardless of how the court would decide over the chairmanship of GEN-I.

He is planning to get active through a movement in which he would like to connect different players with a view to giving civil society a much bigger role in mobilising people to cast their vote and in particular in changing political culture in the country.

“I haven’t been in touch with any party, neither left nor right, being that the existing particracy is one of Slovenia’s biggest problems,” Golob told Delo.

“I hope civic movements will get together through a joint platform to create a broad movement that will aim to change political culture in Slovenia. So that we can live in a normal country with normal politics.”

In the effort to attain that goal he is not ruling out anything, not even standing in the next general election. “The movement’s main intention is to bring about a change in political culture, but if positions need to be taken on political cooperation after the election, I say cooperation is possible with everyone who shares our values,” he said.

Asked about his meeting parliamentary Speaker Igor Zorčič, who Delo writes is planning to start his own party, Golob said he met him at Zorčič’s invitation. “I was in the National Assembly and I could not turn down the invitation,” he said.

Delo writes that many would like to see Golob form the next government but he himself is said not to be keen on having the job as PM.

After serving as CEO of GEN-I since 2006, Golob failed to get the go-ahead for another term a month ago. His term expired on 17 November but since a new management has not been appointed, the company is being temporarily run by court-appointed plenipotentiaries.

Golob, who is still employed with GEN-I, has accused the government of having planned his deposition for a while.