The decision of Minister Ricardo Lewandowski, of the Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF)last Thursday, the 16th, to suspend the need for quarantine for the appointment of politicians to state-owned companies ran over the process of evaluating the names nominated for the board of directors of the Petrobras. As shown by Estadão/Broadcastformer Minister of Science and Technology and professor of physics Sergio Rezende would have been rejected for being a party leader of the PSB.
“As a result of the legal uncertainty added to the process (Petrobras) asked the company’s legal department to comment on the possible prospective impacts of the decision”, said the state-owned company to Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM)emphasizing that “in view of these facts, in order not to compromise the rigidity of the process provided for in the Statute, Cope/Celeg will manifest itself in due course, when the questions arising from the aforementioned judicial decision are resolved”, he added, referring to its internal integrity bodies .
Last Friday, the 17th, the Estadão/Broadcast informed that Petrobras’ People Committee (Cope) met the day before and rejected the names of the current Secretary of Oil and Gas of the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), Pietro Mendes, and Sérgio Rezende. Pietro’s simultaneous role in the portfolio and in the management of Petrobras, a mixed capital company, configures a conflict of interests.
The company was questioned by the CVM about the news, and informed the autarchy that the company’s internal reports on the nominations serve as subsidies for the evaluation of the People and Eligibility Committee (Cope/Celeg) and the Board of Directors in this process of election of the members of the Board of Directors, not being subject to disclosure, including in compliance with the LGPD – General Law for the Protection of Personal Data (Law 13.709/2018).
Petrobras acknowledged, in its response to the CVM, that “the internal reports prepared to support the Cope/Celeg assessments present notes regarding the appointments of Messrs. Pietro Mendes, Bruno Moretti and Sergio Rezende, considering the positions and/or actions of such nominees , in view of the provisions of article 17, paragraph 2, items I, II and IV of Law 13.303/2016 and the Company’s Bylaws”, highlighting the possible obstacles to the election.
The Ordinary General Meeting (AGO) that will elect the new members of Petrobras’ Board of Directors is scheduled for April 27. Until then, the members elected during the Bolsonaro government will follow in the company.
Pietro Mendes e Sergio Rezende they were the first two of the 11 names sent to Petrobras by the MME that had their CVs and documents evaluated by Cope. There would therefore remain nine names to be analyzed.
In addition to Mendes and Rezende, the economist Bruno Moretti it would also have reservations made by the technical area of Petrobras, since he currently occupies the position of special secretary for Government Analysis of the Presidency of the Republic.
The other five names have not yet had complete documentation sent to the company, which includes Eugenio Teixeira e ephraim cruzwith the latter confirmed on Friday as executive secretary of the MME, which could also lead to reservations about his election.