Miroslav Lajčák

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Miroslav Lajčák (2009)

Miroslav Lajčák (born March 20, 1963 in Poprad , Czechoslovakia ) is a Slovak diplomat and non-party politician . From April 4, 2012, Lajčák was Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the second and third Fico governments . He already held this position from 2009 to 2010 during the first Fico government . He also remained foreign minister in the Pellegrini government .


Lajčák graduated from Comenius University in Bratislava and then studied at the Moscow Institute for International Relations . He is also a graduate of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen .

From 1988 he worked as a lawyer for the Czechoslovak Foreign Ministry, which sent him on a diplomatic mission to Moscow, where he worked for the Czechoslovak and Slovak embassies between 1991 and 1993. He then returned to Slovakia for a few months, as head of the cabinet of Foreign Minister Jozef Moravčík , who later became Prime Minister. Between 1994 and 1998 Lajčák was Slovakia's ambassador to Japan, and from 2001 to 2005 ambassador to Belgrade, also accredited to Macedonia and Albania.

On June 30, 2007, Miroslav Lajčák replaced the German politician Christian Schwarz-Schilling in the position of the High Representative of the international community for Bosnia and Herzegovina and the EU's special envoy, following a recommendation from EU Foreign Affairs Representative Javier Solana . He resigned from this office following a request from Bratislava and then became his country's foreign minister. In the last months of his tenure as EU representative, Lajčák had repeatedly complained about the blockade attitude of the various groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From January 26, 2009 to July 9, 2010 he was Foreign Minister of Slovakia and held this office again from April 4, 2012.

Lajčák describes himself as a "realist" .

On November 28, 2018, he resigned from his position as Foreign Minister in protest against the Slovak government's rejection of the UN Migration Pact; on December 7, 2018, he revoked his decision.

When the Pellegrini government was voted out of office in the course of the National Council election on February 29, 2020 , Lajčák also resigned from his post as foreign minister the following month.

Since 2019 he has been a member of the Transatlantic Task Force of the German Marshall Fund and the Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Foundation .

Web links

Commons : Miroslav Lajčák  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Slovakia: Fico sworn in as Prime Minister. In: diepresse.com. April 4, 2012, Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  2. Radio Slovakia International: ( page no longer available , search in web archives: Slovak reactions to the election results in Hungary. ) April 13, 2010.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.rozhlas.sk
  3. Slovak Foreign Minister resigns in protest. In: orf.at . November 29, 2018, accessed November 30, 2018 .
  4. But the Slovak foreign minister did not resign after a dispute over the UN migration pact. In: diepresse.com . December 7, 2018, accessed December 7, 2018 .
  5. Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Foundation and German Marshall Fund establish “Transatlantic Task Force”. Accessed April 27, 2020 (German).