Minister criticised for Telekom Slovenije sale probe

23 Mar 2015

Slovenia’s Minister of Defence Janko Veber has come under fire for allegedly using the country’s military intelligence services to examine the potential effects of the privatisation of national fixed and mobile operator Telekom Slovenije. Veber has defended his use of intelligence agents to study the sale, with Bloomberg quoting him as saying: ‘These agents weren’t checking the process of privatisation itself. They are putting together an analysis of what a change of ownership, possibly to a foreigner, would mean for the defence capabilities of Slovenia.’ However, a parliamentary committee supervising the intelligence services is calling the move an abuse of power, with Prime Minister Miro Cerar now pressing Veber to explain his actions. Final bids for Telekom are due within the next few weeks, with parties including Deutsche Telekom (DT) and private equity firm Cinven linked as potential buyers of the government’s majority interest.

Slovenia, Telekom Slovenije (incl. Mobitel)