Board's response to a related article
The EAC Board of Directors, in its announcement, states that acted as he should within the framework of his jurisdiction defined by the Law, regarding the irreconcilable member of the Board of Directors.
Responding to a related publication, he clarifies that the President and the Members of the Board of Directors had no prior information about any incompatible professional activities of this Member. At the same time, as soon as the President and the Members of the Board of Directors of EAC were informed about this matter, an investigation was immediately ordered and they immediately responded to the Incompatibility Committee.
The specific issue, as mentioned, is the responsibility of the Incongruity Committee which is subordinate to the State. The EAC also reminds that the Members of all Boards of Directors in Parastatal Organizations are appointed by the respective Governments.
“According to the law, within three months of assuming public office, appointed persons are required to submit a declaration of professional incompatibility. These statements are understood to include personal data that is highly confidential and that the President or other Members of the Board of Directors do not have access to,” it states.
According to the above, the Board of Directors and the Directorate of EAC, it is noted, had neither access nor information about the content of the declaration of professional incompatibility of the specific Member of the Board of Directors, as well as not have jurisdiction to conduct an investigation or examination of their own accord.
It is also reported that on February 06, 2023 the Incompatibility Committee sent a confidential letter to the President of the EAC Board of Directors, Despoina Panagiotou Theodosiou, regarding the possibility of an incompatible Member of the Board of Directors, for a specific reason with specific information – ownership of a PV park that had a contract with the EAC – with the directive to be informed and placed. The President, it is added, after receiving the letter on February 09, 2023, requested in writing that the requested investigation be conducted to establish the correctness of the information by sending a letter to the Director General of the Organization dated February 10, 2023.
“The Director General informed the President of the EAC Board of Directors with a letter dated February 13, 2023 and the following day the President of the EAC Board of Directors forwarded her reply letter to the President of the Incongruity Committee. It is noted that at the same time the President of the Board of Directors of EAC was informed by the Member on February 15, 2023 that he submitted his resignation”, it states.