This time, the Požareport portal reports that the “miracle boy of energy” has used blatant violations of Lahovnik’s law and that he should return more millions of euros. But, as it turns out, he is not afraid of unravelling a completely justified criminal complaint. Instead of his solo performances and public rallies, where he gives high-profile slogans, we should listen to explanations when he intends to return astronomical illegal amounts from the state treasury.
But according to investigative journalist Bojan Požar, we are witnessing a well-known scenario of “inflating balloons” called “new faces”. According to the agreement, a pre-ordered Mediana poll was announced this evening on 24ur, which is expected to declare Robert Golob the most desirable Prime Minister. On Monday, January 24th, the “miracle boy of energy” intends to appear at a very special press conference with the aim of revealing his political project.
Of course, this is a scenario for naïve voters, as Golob has a very long political career. He is a former prominent politician or government official under the auspices of the LDS. He was also the vice-president of Positive Slovenia, led by the mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Janković, and the vice-president of the SAB party. Therefore, he is only returning to the political scene, and not with the intention of expelling some mythical “fascists” or fighting for “freedom”.
His return to power is to retain, allegedly in part, illegal privileges, seized property (money) he acquired as head of the semi-monopoly state-owned company Gen-I, where his fourth term expired last year and the government of Janez Janša did not want to give him another one. At the same time, it is crucial to know that he held the position of director or chairman of the board in a state-owned company “with by far the highest salary in the country”, which he paid illegally.
Golob owes the state millions of euros
According to Požar, the amount of 18,000 net per month is underestimated. At the same time, he adds that the so-called Lahovnik’s law, which refers to Golob’s salaries, has not been in force since 2020. The law deals with companies in direct or indirect state ownership, and this also applies to Gen-I. Namely, it is (was) half owned by Gen Energija, and the latter is 100% state-owned. The remaining half of Gen-I is shared by Petrol, which is state-owned, and later by Elektro Ljubljana. These are companies that are mostly or at least partly owned by the state.
As a result, the mathematical sum of the state’s share in Gen-I has always exceeded half, and as a result, Lahovnik’s law on Golob’s salaries has been in force for several years. According to the mentioned law, he could receive a maximum of 18 thousand gross, and he was paid about 45 thousand euros gross salary per month, thus exceeding the limit by about 27 thousand per month. At the same time, the most unusual thing is that neither the Ministry of Economy, nor Gen, nor the Slovenian State Holding have so far asked Golob to return all overpaid salaries, even though today we are talking about millions.
He should be thinking of prison, not the Prime Minister’s chair
The current law even requires that illegal payments be virtually null. It is also interesting to note that no criminal charges have been filed in this regard. This raises the question of whether this is the case because Martin Novšak is the signatory of all Golob’s contracts on behalf of the state, otherwise in the position of President of the Management Board of Gen. The fact is that Golob should be particularly concerned about law enforcement, not connecting with potential future political associates.