A member of the Anti-Corruption Council Jelisaveta Vasilić did not wait for the report about Telekom’s operation to be completed, but weeks before, she began publicly criticising the operation of this company. When the report was completed, as she herself admitted, the Council did not adopt it, as four members of this body did not vote “in favour”. That is why the report was returned to be amended, but this did not stop Vasilić from continuing with negative assessments of the state-owned company. It is particularly interesting that she spoke negatively about Telekom mainly for the media outlets operating within the United Group. This company is Telekom’s direct competitor.
The interviewees of Kurir emphasise that the report is public only when the Council adopts it and that no one should have spoken publicly before its adoption.
Dragan Dobrašinović, the President of the Coalition for Public Finances Oversight, says for Kurir that it would have been the best and most relevant if Vasilić had waited for the report to be adopted and become official, and then to talk about it publicly.
– It should not be the practice that public statements be made before the report becomes official. She spoke as an individual, and not on behalf of the Council, this is not disputable, but it would have been logical if she had waited for the Council’s report and then expressed publicly her opinion. There is also the possibility that the Council prolongs the report indefinitely, and she may have lost her patience. I do not know what her motives are, but it is much more important what the truth is and what it is not, including the reliability of all information and data from the report. All this interests us – says Dobrašinović.
Economist Ljubomir Madžar believes that, upon its adoption, the report should be compared with Vasilić’s claims:
– I have been following her work for years, and I believe she is one of the most apt lawyers in Serbia. It is a bit unusual that statements are given before the report is adopted, made official and public. This is unusual, but it must be a sign of a strong struggle inside the Council, it is possible that some serious problems appeared. When the report is entirely known and published, her statements should be compared so as to see whether and to what extent they were grounded and justified.
The daughter working for the competition
A possible conflict of interest
For the sake of reminder, Kurir was writing that there are suspicions that Vasilić is in a conflict of interest. Her daughter is Katarina Bajec, engaged in the United Group, which is a competitor of Telekom, and this may be the reason for her campaign against the state-owned company.
Negative campaign continues
Vasilić and the United Group again attack Telekom
Yesterday, through their media outlets, the United Group and Vasilić continued their campaign against Telekom. She was again a guest on N1 and once again expressed a number of accusations against the state-owned company. As she said, “with her elaborate on Telekom, she was fighting for public ownership and all of us”, claiming that “efforts are made to have Telekom become a private company, I do not know whose”. It is interesting that N1 programme director Jugoslav Ćosić, in his recent answer to Kurir, asked about constant negative reporting about Telekom, referred to Vasilić’s attitudes, which raises doubts that they are in a form of an alliance, i.e. a joint action against Telekom.
Kurir / Photo: Media Centar