Samuel Žbogar

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H.E.
Samuel Žbogar
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In office
October 2008 – Present
Premier Borut Pahor
Ambassador from Slovenia to the US
In office
2004–2008
Personal details
Born (1962-03-05) 5 March 1962 (age 52)
Ljubljana, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Slovenian
Spouse(s) Maja Žbogar

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.

Biography[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ashton Confirms Zbogar for EU Ambassador to Kosovo (adds)". Slovenian Press Agency. 21 December 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Dimitrij Rupel
Foreign Minister of Slovenia
November 2008 - February 2012
Succeeded by
Karl Erjavec