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Govt Appoints Acting Head of Anti-Trust Office (adds)

Ljubljana, 27 January (STA) - The government appointed Damjan Maticic, an employee of the Competition Protection Office, the acting director of the regulator for a period of up to six months on Thursday. He replaces Jani Sorsak, who is returning to law practice on 1 February.

Prime Minister Borut Pahor announced that the government would also adopt a new competition protection act, probably at the session next week. The decision will likely entail creating an agency to replace the current office, whereupon a call for applications to fill the post of a new director will be published.

In announcing his decision to return to law practice, Sorsak told business daily Finance in early January that he regretted failing to make the office independent of the Economy Ministry. By becoming an agency, the watchdog should gain such independence. Sorsak has held the post of director since 22 May 2008.

Maticic has a university degree in law. He got employed at the Competition Protection Office in 2008 and was a few months later appointed head of the sector for legal matters and investigation. Since 1 January he has been heading the sector for investigation, legal matters and economic analysis. He has been intensively involved in investigation in the area of IT forensics and concerted action by competitors.

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