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Minister of Foreign Affairs

Karl Viktor Erjavec

Born 21 June 1960
LLB, Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana


He was employed in the private sector until 1990, when he became a member of the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Kranj Municipality, and was appointed secretary for public administration and other legal affairs. Between 1995 and 2000, he worked at the Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman of the Republic of Slovenia, dealing with matters relating to the protection of basic human rights. He was head of the Ombudsman’s office and director of expert services. From 2001 to 2004, he was State Secretary responsible for justice administration at the Ministry of Justice.

He has much experience with heading ministries: he was Minister of Defence between 2004 and 2008, Minister of the Environment between 2008 and 2012, and Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2012. 

In the future, one of the main priorities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be economic diplomacy, the new foreign policy strategy, and the continuation of an active approach to certain international issues concerning which Slovenia is particularly active in the international arena (the Western Balkans, human rights, peaceful conflict resolution, international criminal justice). Regarding European issues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will insist on clear national views and the promotion of Slovenian interests, so that we can take full advantage of the opportunities afforded by EU membership.

Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ministry Contacts

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Prešernova 25, 1000 Ljubljana

T: +386 1 478 20 00