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Miroslav Lajčák

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Slovakia

Miroslav Lajčák has dedicated his professional life to diplomatic service, representing both the Slovak Republic and the international community. He joined the foreign service of then Czechoslovakia in 1988. A key figure in the mediation of the post-conflict crises in the Western Balkans, Lajčák negotiated, organised and supervised the referendum on the independence of Montenegro in 2006 on behalf of the EU. In 2007, Lajčák was appointed High Representative of the International Community and EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During his tenure, Bosnia and Herzegovina signed the landmark Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU. From 2010 to 2012, Lajčák helped shape the newly formed diplomatic service of the EU, the European External Action Service, as its Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia. In addition, he also served as the EU´s Chief Negotiator for the Association Agreements of the EU with Ukraine and Moldova, as well as the EU Representative for the “5+2 Talks” on the Transnistrian Settlement Process. In 2017, the General Assembly of the United Nations elected Lajčák of as President of its seventy-second session, which spanned from September 2017 to September 2018.
Updated: March 25, 2019