Mitja Gaspari

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Mitja Gaspari in 2011

Mitja Gaspari (born 25 November 1951) is a Slovenian economist, banker, and politician.[1] He served as Minister for Economic Development in the government of Borut Pahor.

Gaspari was born in Ljubljana. He studied economics at the University of Ljubljana and has graduated in monetary economics from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics.[2] He worked in the National Bank of Yugoslavia, where he became vice-governor in 1988. In September 1991, he became a senior advisor in the World Bank.[3] Between 1992 and 2000, he served as Slovenian Minister of Economy in the governments of Janez Drnovšek. Although he was considered close to the ruling Liberal Democracy of Slovenia, he never joined the party.

Gaspari served as the governor of the Bank of Slovenia between 2001 and 2007. During his mandate, Slovenia adopted the euro as its official currency.[4]

Gaspari was among the candidates at the 2007 Slovenian presidential election, supported by the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia. He received 24.09% of votes in the first round, finishing third.[5]

In 2008, he was appointed Minister for Economic Development in the left wing government of Borut Pahor.