Eduard Kukan

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Eduard Kukan
Eduard Kukan (2011).jpg
Member of the European Parliament from Slovakia
Assumed office
14 July 2009
Member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic
In office
4 July 2006 – 14 July 2009
In office
13 December 1994 – 30 October 1998
7th Foreign Minister of Slovakia
In office
30 October 1998 – 4 July 2006
Preceded by Zdenka Kramplová
Succeeded by Ján Kubiš
3rd Foreign Minister of Slovakia
In office
16 March 1994 – 13 December 1994
Preceded by Jozef Moravčík
Succeeded by Juraj Schenk
Slovak ambassador
to United Nations
In office
1 January 1993 – ??? 1993
Czechoslovak ambassador
to United Nations
In office
??? 1990 – 31 December 1992
Personal details
Born (1939-12-26) 26 December 1939 (age 75)
Tornóc, Hungary (now Trnovec nad Váhom, Slovakia)
Political party SDKÚ-DS(since 2000)
Democratic Union (1995-2000)
Spouse(s) Zdenka Kukanová

Eduard Kukan (born 26 December 1939) served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia from 1998 to 2006.[1] He was a candidate in the presidential election held on 3 April 2004, and although pre-election polls had suggested he would come in first, he actually came in third behind former prime minister Vladimír Mečiar and Ivan Gašparovič, thus preventing him from contesting the run-off. He was elected member of European parliament in 2009 election.

Kukan graduated from The Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1964, where he has also gained an excellent command of the Swahili language. After graduation he received a Doctorate in Law from the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague.

Since then his employments have included:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia in Prague (began on 1 August 1964)
    • Headquarters in the Department of Sub-Saharan Africa (1964–1968)
    • Secretariat of the Minister (1973–1977)
    • Director of the Department of Sub-Saharan Africa (1981–1985)
    • Director of the Department of Latin America (1988–1990)
  • Czechoslovak Embassy in Lusaka (1968–1973)
  • Czechoslovak Embassy in Washington from as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Ambassador (1977–1981)
  • Czechoslovak Embassy in Addis Ababa from as Ambassador (1985–1988)
  • Permanent Representative of Czechoslovakia to the United Nations in New York (1991)
  • Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the UN (1993)
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia (March 1994 – December 1994)
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia (October 1998–2006)
  • Special Envoy for the Balkans (1991–2001)
  • Member of European Parliament (2009–)

Eduard Kukan is married and has two adult children. In addition to his native tongue and Swahili, he speaks English, Russian, and Spanish. In 1993, he was awarded an honorary law degree by the Upsala College in New Jersey, U.S..

Kukan is a Member of the Board of Advisors of the Global Panel Foundation, a respected NGO that works behind the scenes in crisis areas around the world.[2]


  1. ^ "Eduard Kukan". European Parliament. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  2. ^ [1]

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