Last week, Mr. Kristjan Verbič, President of the PanSlovenian Investors’ & Shareholders’ Association (VZMD), sent an official letter to the Speakers of the National Assembly and the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia, leaders of deputy groups, and presidents of parliamentary parties. The letter included his well-supported objections to the proposal for the change of Paragraph 10 of Article 296 of the amendment to the Financial Instruments Market Act (ZTFI-1) as proposed by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. The experts from VZMD firmly believe that the suggested change, which came only a year after the last aggravation of the situation, is evidently a new attempt to suspend the successful program called "Share SUPPORT" (VIDEO) and a step towards implementing additional unreasonable limitations to the lawyer's trust account of securities used for executing shared sales. These sales proved to be an extremely efficient part of the "Share SUPPORT" (VIDEO). In December 2017 alone, resounding shared sales were executed for shares, which up until that moment were considered worthless, yet brought to 1,100 shareholders collectively more than EUR 260,000 from sales. The realized values of such shares always significantly exceeded (sometimes even by six times) the previous market values attained by "professional" financial intermediaries.
VZMD in its role of the herald and actor of the rights and interests of shareholders, stresses that they succeeded in doing this despite being considered a source of troubles by the financial industry and even the Securities Market Agency (ATVP). ATVP, among other things, publicly bombarded shareholders with unfounded "warnings" regarding "Share SUPPORT", whereas the smear campaign reached its peak in February 2017 (VIDEO) with the change of the Financial Instruments Market Act (ZTFI-1), with the clear intention to suppress "Share SUPPORT" by significantly restricting the use of trust accounts for securities for local lawyers and public notaries. On the other hand, this right was not restricted for major foreign intermediaries, who may continue using trust accounts with no restrictions whatsoever.
Nevertheless, VZMD persisted and aligned "Share SUPPORT" with the changed and tightened legislation. In addition to the financial industry's relentless defensive stance towards the new challenges, ATVP once again justifies it role of the financial industry ally and opponent to minority shareholders and other consumers. The new Financial Instruments Market Act (ZTFI-1) bill, which is currently being considered by the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia, namely includes a provision which would additionally restrict the use of the lawyer's trust accounts for securities for the execution of shared sales or purchases of securities to a time period of no more than 6 months (Paragraph 10 of Article 296 of the ZTFI-1 bill).
VZMD is convinced that such provisions made it to the ZTFI-1 bill at the ATVP initiative. Given the fact that the Government of the Republic of Slovenia claims that it needs more than the current period of over 4 years (which have passed since its initial commitment to sell) to maximize the sales sum from the sale of the NLB bank to the benefit of all taxpayers, and that it even asked the European Commission to extend the deadline for the sale in question, it would be highly unusual that the Government would assert that it was possible to execute professional and diligent shared sales or purchases of securities in less than 6 months. "It is therefore clear that the Government understands that shares cannot be sold under time pressure without extremely adverse effects for the sellers. So, how can they require the shareholders to sell their shares quickly and therefore well under the optimal price?! This can only benefit the major financial intermediaries," says Mr. Verbič in the letter and adds that throughout the entire process of abolishing registry accounts, which enabled all ownership certificate beneficiaries to store their securities free of charge, VZMD was warning about the disastrous consequences that this process would have on the existence of individual investors and shareholders in the Republic of Slovenia. Already at the early stage VZMD warned against "the complete extinction of shareholders", which was also the reason to set up the "Share SUPPORT" program (VIDEO from the press conference at its launch).
Unfortunately, VZMD found that its fears have come true. In 2016 alone, the number of shareholders in the central register dropped by no less than 94,759, from 319,988 to 225,229, followed by another drop of 39,310 shareholders in 2017. Altogether their number dropped by 42% to no more than 185,919 holders, of which more than 82,000 are (still) on abolished registry accounts open at the Central Securities Clearing Corporation and cannot directly access their accounts and receive dividends, severance payments etc. It is hard for VZMD to imagine the severity of the consequences, had the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia not at least partially considered the VZMD warnings and arguments and adopted a few mitigating measures, which included an extended deadline for the decomposition of registry accounts and the legal limitation of the amounts charged by financial intermediaries. VZMD is sure that there would be many more shareholders left, if ATVP would carry out its mission and legal obligations, and ensure a strict enforcement of the legal limit of the amounts charged by intermediaries. Instead, its fraternizing with the financial industry, which should normally be regulated by ATVP from a suitable distance, required the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia to accept the authentic interpretation of the Book Entry Securities Act (ZNVP-1) precisely in the part, which addresses the allowed amounts charged by intermediaries.
"It cannot go unnoticed that apparently the new attempt at destroying "Share SUPPORT" and eradicating shareholders is in such a rush that the ZTFI-1 amendment bill does not include a transitional provision according to which the six-month deadline would only commence when the act would enter into force. Instead, this deadline would take effect retroactively! Clearly, there is a strong interest to suppress VZMD by constantly changing the legislation," concludes Mr. Verbič and adds that obviously VZMD has become such an issue for the financial "elites" that ATVP and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia may simply propose an act to ban VZMD (?!), since they are already abusing the legal system of the Republic of Slovenia by continually changing it.
VZMD therefore appeals to members of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia to abstain from supporting the new draconian restrictions, which are directed exclusively against local minority shareholders and not the major international financial intermediaries, and support the following amendment: The following shall be deleted from Paragraph 10 of Article 296 of the ZTFI-1 bill: "and the book-entry securities shall not be managed on the trust account for more than six months".
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EUROPEAN COMMISSION – a reminder to the EU Commission President J.M. Barroso about the unequal treatment of Slovenia, and about the endangered financial, economic and social stability accompanying scandalous expropriation of share and bond owners at Slovenian Banks – a letter of the Civil Society Initiative and NKBM Section at VZMD to the EU Commission President is soon to be presented in the European Parliament as well (Brussels, March 2014)
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CONSTITUTIONAL COURT acknowledged the legal interest of 290 initiators, united by VZMD who demanded constitutional review of the Banking Act; the Court has given priority to the two VZMD initiatives but suspension of the Act was rejected, due to misleading statements by the Government and the Bank of Slovenia - shares and subordinated bonds of 100.000 owners had been erased in the three biggest Slovenian banks! (Ljubljana, December 2013)
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VIDEO REPORT – exclusively from the European Parliament: the EuroFinUse international conference and the Election Assembly, the announcement of the new President and Board of directors of this influential European association, into which a representative of Slovenia is also re-elected (Brussels, March 2013)
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