Jozef Migaš

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Jozef Migaš
Acting President of Slovakia
In office
30 October 1998 – 15 June 1999
Serving with Mikuláš Dzurinda (acting)
Prime MinisterMikuláš Dzurinda
Preceded byVladimír Mečiar (acting)
Succeeded byRudolf Schuster
Speaker of the National Council
In office
30 October 1998 – 15 October 2002
Preceded byIvan Gašparovič
Succeeded byPavol Hrušovský
Ambassador to Ukraine
In office
Ambassador to Belarus
In office
2 February 2016 – 13 May 2020
Personal details
Born (1954-01-07) 7 January 1954 (age 70)
Pušovce, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
Political partyDirection-Social Democracy
Other political
Party of the Democratic Left, Communist Party of Slovakia (1939)

Jozef Migaš (born 7 January 1954) is a Slovak politician who was Speaker of National Council of the Slovak Republic from 1998[1] to 2002,[2] during the government of Mikuláš Dzurinda. He is now in political retirement.

Early life and career[edit]

From 1973-1978 he studied at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. In 1982, he graduated with a Ph.D. Until 1989, he worked as an assistant professor at the Higher Political School of the Central Committee Communist Party of Slovakia in Bratislava, working in party structures at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Košice. In 1989, he became one of the founders of the Democratic Left Party, being a member of the party’s executive committee. In 1993, he switched to diplomatic work, being an adviser to the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Kyiv. In 1995 and 1996, he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Slovakia to Ukraine.

National politics[edit]

From 1996-2001, he was Chairman of the Democratic Left Party. During this time, he was Chairman Parliament of Slovakia (1998-2002). From 30 October 1998 to 15 June 1999, he was the Acting President of Slovakia, serving after the completion of the presidency of Michal Kováč and the political crisis lasting more than a year. In 2003, he completed an internship in foreign policy and improving English in the United States at the American Language Communication Center.

Return to the diplomatic service[edit]

He was engaged in entrepreneurial activity in the 2000s before going back to the diplomatic sphere in 2009 to become the Ambassador of Slovakia in Russia, a position he served in until 2014. On 2 February 2016, he was appointed to the post of ambassador to Belarus.[3][4]

Victory Day and dismissal[edit]

One of the attendees of the 2020 Minsk Victory Day Parade was Migaš, being one of the few foreign ambassadors in attendance.[5] On 13 May 2020, he resigned as ambassador after attending the celebrations as he was one of the two European Union ambassadors (the other being the Hungarian ambassador) who did not inform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of their home countries. The Slovak foreign ministry in fact learned about his participation from the local press. He made his explanation one of principled stance, simply stating that he is the "son of a partisan and anti-fascist".[6] In a meeting with Serbian ambassador Veljko Kovacevic on 28 May, President Alexander Lukashenko criticized the Slovak government on the move, saying that "frankly speaking, I do not fully understand the position of the official Slovak leadership which allegedly criticized his action".[7] A day after those comments were made the Slovak Foreign Ministry summoned the Belarusian ambassador, saying that Lukashenko's comments on the Slovak position were "disengaged from the truth".[8] Migaš would later be awarded the Order of Francysk Skaryna by President Lukashenko.[9][10][11]

Personal life[edit]

He speaks several foreign languages outside the Slovak language: English, Russian, Ukrainian. He owns 35 hectares of land in his home town. Upon leaving Belarus for the final time as ambassador, he took a German shepherd dog which was gifted to him by the Border Guard Service of Belarus.[12]



  1. ^ "New government bungles parliamentary protocol". The Slovak Spectator. 9 November 1998. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  2. ^ "SLOVAKIA: NEW SPEAKER SAYS SLOVAK PARLIAMENT NEEDS TO REGAIN PUBLIC TRUST". IPR Strategic Business Information Database. 16 October 2002. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Prezident Slovenskej republiky - Veľvyslanci". Archived from the original on 2020-02-14. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  4. ^ Jozef MIGAŠ
  5. ^ "Лукашенко заступился за посетившего парад Победы посла Словакии". 28 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Slovak envoy to Belarus resigns over taking part in Victory parade in Minsk".
  7. ^ "Lukashenko thanks Serbian ambassador for efforts to develop cooperation with Belarus". 28 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Slovak Foreign Ministry Summons Belarusian Ambassador | NEWS NOW". 29 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Пришедшего на парад Победы в Минске посла Словакии наградили орденом".
  10. ^ "President signs decree awarding Slovakia's Ambassador to Belarus Josef Migas with order of Francisk Skarina".
  11. ^ "Ambasador wziął udział w defiladzie i stracił pracę. Łukaszenka nagrodził go orderem".
  12. ^ "Ambassador: Belarus-Slovakia trade volume can be doubled". 6 July 2020.
  13. ^ Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 28 октября 2014 года № 695 «О награждении государственными наградами Российской Федерации»
  14. ^ Указ Президента Республики Беларусь от 15 июня 2020 года № 212 «О награждении»
Political offices
Preceded by President of Slovakia

Served alongside: Mikuláš Dzurinda (Acting)
Succeeded by