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Samuel Žbogar, slovenski politolog, diplomat in politik, * 5. marec 1962, Postojna. Med letu 2001 in 2004 je bil državni sekretar Republike Slovenije na Ministrstvu za zunanje zadeve Republike Slovenije in med leti 2004-2008 pa Veleposlanik Republike Slovenije v Združenih državah Amerike. Med leti 2008-2012 je bil minister za zunanje zadeve v vladi Boruta Pahorja. Trenutno je na položaju posebnega predstavnika Evropske unije na Kosovu in vodja njene pisarne.

 

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Samuel Žbogar (born 5 March 1962) is a Slovenian diplomat and politician who is the EU Special Representative in Kosovo. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia between 2008 - 2012.

 

Early life

He was born in Postojna, but spent his youth in Nova Gorica, where he finished the local grammar school, where he was a school mate of the former Prime Minister of Slovenia Borut Pahor. Žbogar graduated in international relations from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. Besides Slovene, he is fluent in English, Italian, French, Croatian and Serbian.

 

Political career

In his 22 years as a diplomat, he has been included in all major political projects of Slovenian foreign policy. In 1993, he opened the Slovenian Embassy in Beijing, China, where he worked to 1995. Between 1997 and 2001, he was Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations and the Deputy of Slovenia's Permanent Representative to the UN Security Council during Slovenia's elected membership in 1998 and 1999. At the time, Slovenia's representative was Danilo Türk, who later served as President of Slovenia. Between 2001 and 2004, he was State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the cabinets of Janez Drnovšek and Anton Rop. During this period, he supported the strengthening of the humanitarian aspect of foreign policy and led the project group for the preparation of Slovenia's Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe presidency. In 2004, he was appointed Ambassador to the United States. He was also a member of the EU membership negotiation group and the main negotiator for NATO membership.

 

After returning from Washington, D.C. in October 2008, he became the Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies in Ljubljana. In November 2008, he was named Minister of Foreign Affairs in the centre-left government of Borut Pahor. In December 2011, Catherine Ashton, the European Union's (EU) High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, appointed Žbogar the head of the EU's. office in Kosovo and as the special representative of the EU. This is the first Slovenian high-raking official in the European External Action Service (EEAS).

 

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April 5, 2012

updated: 2014-01-17

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