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Samuel Žbogar

EU Special Representative in Kosovo


Samuel Žbogar

Samuel Žbogar was appointed Head of the EU Office in Kosovo on 21 December 2011 by the EU High Representative/EC Vice-President Catherine Ashton and is the European Union Special Representative in Kosovo by decision of the Council of the EU on 25 January 2012. Mr Žbogar is a former Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and a diplomat with 24 years experience in key strategic postings, including China, the UN in New York, and Washington DC. As state secretary at the ministry of foreign affairs and EU political director, he led preparations for Slovenia's OSCE presidency, headed Slovenia's negotiation team for NATO accession, and was a member of Slovenia's EU negotiation team. Mr Žbogar was born in Slovenia in 1962. He graduated in Political Science-International Relations at the University of Lubljana. He speaks English, Italian, Croatian/Serbian, and French. Mr Žbogar is a keen runner.