Peter Pellegrini

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Peter Pellegrini
Peter Pellegrini May 2019.jpg
Prime Minister of Slovakia
Assumed office
22 March 2018
PresidentAndrej Kiska
Zuzana Čaputová
Preceded byRobert Fico
Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia
In office
23 March 2016 – 22 March 2018
Prime MinisterRobert Fico
Preceded byĽubomír Vážny
Succeeded byRichard Raši
Speaker of the National Council
In office
25 November 2014 – 23 March 2016
Preceded byPavol Paška
Succeeded byAndrej Danko
Minister for Education and Science
In office
3 July 2014 – 25 November 2014
Prime MinisterRobert Fico
Preceded byDušan Čaplovič
Succeeded byJuraj Draxler
Personal details
Born (1975-10-06) 6 October 1975 (age 43)
Banská Bystrica, Czechslovakia
Political partyDirection – Social Democracy
Alma materMatej Bel University, Technical University of Košice

Peter Pellegrini (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈpɛtɛr ˈpɛlːɛɡriɲi]; born 6 October 1975) is a Slovak politician who has been Prime Minister of Slovakia since 2018. He previously served as Deputy Prime Minister and as Minister for Education and Science, as well as spending two years as Speaker of the National Council.

Early life[edit]

His great-grandfather was Italian. He studied at the Faculty of Economics of Matej Bel University and the Technical University of Košice, focusing on banking, investment and finance at the latter.[1] Between 2002 and 2006 he worked as economist and later as advisor to National Council member for Privatization and Economy Ľubomír Vážny , supported by ĽS-HZDS, SNS and Smer-SD.[2][1]

Political career[edit]

In the 2006 parliamentary elections he was elected to the National Council for Direction – Social Democracy (Smer-SD). In the 2010 elections he was reelected, and once again in the 2012 elections.[1]

Between 2012 and 3 July 2014 he was State Secretary for Finance. He later briefly became Minister for Education and Science.[2] On 25 November 2014, he was elected Speaker of the National Council, succeeding Pavol Paška.[3] In 2015, he was appointed Digital Champion of Slovakia, a European Union appointed position to promote the benefits of an inclusive digital society.[4] Pellegrini was subsequently made Deputy Prime Minister for Investments in 2016, during the third government of Robert Fico.[5]

Prime Minister of Slovakia[edit]

Pellegrini meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House

Pellegrini was sworn in as Prime Minister after his predecessor, Robert Fico, resigned on 15 March 2018 in the wake of the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak.[6] President Andrej Kiska approved of Pellegrini's Cabinet on 21 March 2018,[7] and 81 members of the National Council voted in favor of approving the Cabinet the next week.[8]

In 2019, Pellegrini temporarily took on the role of finance minister when Peter Kažimír left to become governor of the National Bank of Slovakia.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Pellegrini has Italian roots.[10] His great-grandfather Leopoldo Pellegrini came to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to participate in the construction of the railway between Levice and Zvolen. He then decided to settle in Lehôtka pod Brehmi, in the district of Žiar nad Hronom, after falling in love with a local girl, Maria Kunovská.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Panellist - Peter Pellegrini". Globsec. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Novým ministrom školstva sa stal Peter Pellegrini" (in Slovak). Slovak Ministry for Education, Science, Research and Sport. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Novým predsedom parlamentu sa stal Peter Pellegrini" (in Slovak). Teraz. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  4. ^ "The Digital Champion of Slovakia". European Commission. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Robert Fico appointed for third time as Slovak PM". Xinhua. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  6. ^ U.S. News. "Reshuffled Slovak Cabinet Takes Office, Easing Crisis After Journalist's Murder". Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  7. ^ Financial Times. "Slovak president approves new cabinet". Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  8. ^ The Sun Daily. "Slovakia MPs okay cabinet despite calls for snap polls". Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  9. ^ Jason Hovet (April 4, 2019), Slovak PM to head finance ministry temporarily after Kazimir leaves Reuters.
  10. ^ a.s., Petit Press. "Deputy prime minister for investments: Peter Pellegrini (Smer)".
  11. ^ "Pellegrini – profil nového slovenského premiéra v 10 bodech - Reflex.cz".
  12. ^ "Chi è il nuovo primo ministro incaricato Peter Pellegrini". 19 March 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Dušan Čaplovič
Minister for Education and Science
2014
Succeeded by
Juraj Draxler
Preceded by
Pavol Paška
Speaker of the National Council
2014–2016
Succeeded by
Andrej Danko
Preceded by
Ľubomír Vážny
Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia
2016–2018
Succeeded by
Richard Raši
Preceded by
Robert Fico
Prime Minister of Slovakia
2018–present
Incumbent