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State Secretary

Igor Mally

Igor Mally is an expert of many years’ standing in the area of European affairs. Since April 2013 he has been the main adviser to the Prime Minister for European Union matters (a “sherpa”), and in this role he has actively participated in dealing with key EU dossiers at the European Council level.


In 2000 he gained his bachelor’s degree and then in 2005 his master’s at the Geography Department of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana, and both his undergraduate and graduate thesis work involved a study of European integration processes. He has devoted his entire career thus far to the field of European affairs.


Since 2000 he has been employed in the Slovenian Government Office for European Affairs, where he was first involved in negotiations on Slovenia’s accession to the European Union, then he served as an adviser for the area of European Union Cohesion Policy and institutional matters.


Starting in 2006, as head of the office of the Sate Secretary for European Affairs, he actively participated in the preparations and implementation of Slovenia’s Presidency of the EU Council. During this time he was also an adviser to the representative of the EU Council Presidency in the European Parliament.


From the end of 2008, in the Slovenian Government Office for Development and European Affairs, he served as the Slovenian coordinator for negotiations on the EU multiannual financial framework 2014–2020, in which he was actively involved in negotiations over the financial perspective 2007–2013.

In 2012 he took employment at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where in addition to negotiations on the EU multiannual financial framework, he was entrusted with the coordination of other strategic EU dossiers being addressed in the European Council.