The Department of Research and Universities of the Generalitat of Catalonia has appointed Alexander Golovin as special advisor on strategic policy matters. This is a 22-year-old student who has not yet finished his university degree and will receive an annual salary of 51,000 euros per year which, added to the supplements, would be a salary close to 58.000.
This appointment appears in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat of Catalonia (DOGC) signed by the Regional Minister for Research and Universities of the Government, Gemma Geis (JxCAT). Its functions will be to support the councilor “in the definition of strategic policies of the Department”, advise “on trends and economic, political and social factors that allow to prefigure future scenarios and propose political actions of strategic content”, centralize “documentation and the most relevant indicators and ensure that the Minister of Research and Universities has adequate information for the proper orientation of the Government’s strategic policies in the areas of competence of the Department “or maintain” informative contact with the different departments in order to analyze their actions and activities in the development of strategic policies ”.
«Carry out reports, studies and proposals on the initiatives promoted by the Department, in relation to the development of strategies, and carry out the analysis of their impact. Attend the meetings determined by the councilor and prepare the pertinent reports. Prepare supporting texts for the preparation of writings of the councilor. Any other function entrusted to him by the councilor ”, it is added.
The Government specifies that the remuneration of Alexander Golovín will be “those that correspond to a position of civil servant or civil servant of group A, level of destination 24.4, day and hours of special dedication and specific complement of 28,013.04 annual euros”. That is, his annual salary would be close to 58,000 euros.
A liberal advisor
Golovín began a career in International Relations at the Ramon Llull University and dropped out. Currently, he is studying the third year of Hebrew Studies at the University of Barcelona (UB). He has been a member of the Ostrom Institute, a think tank of a liberal court that advises on tax matters to the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso. This body is against lowering university fees and defends a generalized reduction in taxes, so ERC does not see with good eyes the signing of Golovín. He is a regular contributor to the separatist medium Elnacional.cat and of TV3.
The Department of Research and Universities of the Generalitat have recognized that among the requirements for this position it was not required no university degree or any work experience, as well as having published academic or scientific works.
The Gemma Geis department also assures that Alexander Golovín was the best candidate after having conducted a contest among five candidates. These five candidates were evaluated for the position through a project linked to university policies, a speech and an interview. Neither title nor work experience were “must-haves” for this position. “He was the one that fit the most,” Government sources point out to E-news.