Ansi Arumeel, chair of state owned postal service Eesti Post's supervisory board, says neither he nor Eesti Post are guilty of any misdeeds, adding the company has been seeing strong results recently. Eesti Post's supervisory board was recently the subject of a snap order for an inspection by a government minister.
Arumeel told ERR Tuesday afternoon that the Eesti Post management would have been ready to explain the decisions made by the company to the Minister of Foreign Trade and IT Raul Siem (EKRE) without a special inspection, though this could also be done within the framework of a special inspection.
Arumeel denies having offered to tender his resignation, or even having considered it.
Raul Siem has ordered Eesti Post's supervisory board, also known as Omniva, to conduct a special inspection into management decisions, which came as an unexpected surprise to its members and to Arumeel, they say.
"I cannot have a say in the need for a special inspection; it is the right and decision of the owner (i.e. the Estonian state – ed.). We are always always ready to explain everything directly to the minister; he has access to all the information through us," Arumeel said.
"We have certainly not done anything wrong and we have nothing to hide. We will certainly be happy to explain all these decisions to the Minister," he added.
Arumeel has not met with either Siem or the Eesti Post supervisory board since the announcement of the special inspection, Arumeel said, adding he had a brief meeting with board chair Sten Soosaar.
Arumeel expressed a desire to meet with Siem, however. The next supervisory board meeting is next week.
Bo Henrikssen, former Eesti Post supervisory board chair, told ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" that the company was in a healthy situation, but that rising costs and falling revenues needed to be addressed
Eesti Post has seen growth in its parcel delivery arm, boosted during the COVID-19 pandemic, but this must be offset against declining postal revenues.
Arumeel reiterated this, saying while some more traditional areas had seen a decline, this was more than compensated for in fact, adding Eesti Post has recently seen its best results in financial terms ever.
Editor: Andrew Whyte