Government "to wait for best price" for Telekom

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has stated that the sale of Telekom Srbija (Serbia) "will depend on the price offered."

Source: Tanjug

His comments came during an extraordinary news conference he called late on Thursday, the same day his cabinet adopted a decision to "launch the initiative for privatizing Telekom."

According to Vucic, "in 2011, the government led by the Democratic Party and the Socialist Party of Serbia wanted to sell 51 percent of Telekom for EUR 1.4 billion, but only EUR 1.1 billion was offered, so the sale was suspended."

He said that "today Serbia is a much healthier country and a much better investment destination than in 2011, therefore a much better price for Telekom is expected."

“If we do not get a higher price we will not realize the sale,” the prime minister said, adding that the money from the potential sale of this company would not be used for covering of the budget deficit, but rather for investments in infrastructure projects.

Telekom has six subsidiaries, including Telekom Srpska, in which it has a 65 percent stake, and Mtel in Montenegro with 83 percent. In 2014, the company bought a majority stake in Dunav Bank. The entire system employs 13,000 workers, while the parent company has a total of 8,600 employees.

Telekom's largest stakeholder is the Serbian government with 58.11 percent of shares, 20 percent is owned by the company, 14.95 percent is owned by citizens and 6.94 percent by employees and former employees of the company.

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