The new Chief Minister of the Comptroller General of the Union (CGU), Valdir Moysés Simão, took office on January 2, receiving the post of former minister Jorge Hage Sobrinho, who spent eight years at the head of the institution. Hage participated in several events with ETCO, especially in discussions about fighting corruption.
In his speech, Simão stated that the CGU “has gained credibility and respect from the Brazilian people in twelve years of activity, having inserted the theme 'Prevention and Combating Corruption' on the country's public agenda irreversibly”. He assured that the body will be "unforgiving" with those who practice corruption. He also paid tribute to his predecessor: "A great country is made with the work of great women and great men, and Minister Jorge Hage is one of them."
Jorge Hage, for his part, defended a political reform to avoid corruption and also a reform in the judicial process to end the slowness of Justice, which "feeds the feeling of impunity that we need to overcome". In taking stock of his management, he said that in the last few months, more than 30 lawsuits have been filed against Petrobras directors, former officers and employees, in addition to nine lawsuits against companies suspected of fraud and bribery payment.
Simão, graduated in Law and tax auditor for the Federal Revenue for 27 years, chaired the National Institute of Social Security (INSS), from 2005 to 2007 and from 2008 to 2010. During the past year, he was executive secretary of the Civil House. Previously, for seven months, he coordinated the Digital Office of the Presidency of the Republic. From 2011 to 2013, he was executive secretary of the Ministry of Tourism.