Slovenian PM Cerar says nominates Gojko Koprivec for new economy minister

By bne IntelliNews November 10, 2014

Slovenian PM Miro Cerar said on November 10 he is nominating Gojko Koprivec for a new economy minister after the previous minister Jozef Petrovic resigned in the middle of October.

Cerar made the announcement on Twitter, adding Koprivec has 40-year experience in banking, insurance and in the oil industry.

His predecessor Petrovic filed his resignation on October 17 after spending only a month on the post. He decided on the step after media reports about his alleged involvement in the past in fraudulent dealings with the state administration. Petrovic denied any wrongdoing but said his resignation aims to protect the government from any involvement in the matter.

Local media outlets inform that the new candidate Koprivec, 63, used to be part of the top management of local lenders NLB (state-owned) and SKB Banka (part of Societe Generale), and also served as the head of insurer Adriatic Slovenica and a chairman of the board of OMV Istrabenz Holding.

Finance minister Dusan Mramor has been acting as an economy minister in the meantime.

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