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LEADERSHIP

MINISTER OF DEFENCE

Karl ERJAVEC

 

Date of birth: 21 June 1960

 

Education: BA in Law
 
Foreign languages: French, English, Croatian, Serbian, German
 
Career
1995–2000 – Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman: Director of the Expert Service; Head of the Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman
 
2001–2004 – State Secretary, Ministry of Justice
 
2004–2008 Minister of Defence
 
2006 – Chair of the Informal Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers, Portorož, Slovenia
 
2005 – President of the Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia
 
2008–2010 – Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning
 
2011 – Deputy of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia
 
2012 – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs


On 13 September 2018, the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia appointed him the next Minister of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia to the proposal of the Prime Minister Marjan Šarec.
 
Mr Erjavec is the author of a variety of articles on the protection of basic human rights, the functioning of the judicial system and security issues. He is often invited to lecture at various professional seminars and conferences at home and abroad.
 
He is married and has two daughters.

STATE SECRETARY

 

Miloš BIZJAK, MSc

 

 

Born on 29 May 1965. 

 

Education

 

1997 – Master of Science (Defence Studies), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana

 

1990 – Bachelor of Arts (Defence Studies), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana

 

 

1984 – 1985 – Reserve Officer, Reserve Officer School, Kruševac

 

1980 – 1984 – Teacher-Training High School, Tolmin

 

  

Work experience: 

  

18. 9. 2014– Appointed State Secretary at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia

 

1 December 1991 – 18 September 2014 - different duties at the Ministry of Defence:

 

- Coordinator of Branch Offices at the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief

- Head of Minister of Defence’s Office

- Director of Regional Defence Administration Postojna

- Head of Regional Defence Administration Nova Gorica

- Head of Defence Branch Office Ajdovščina

- Head of Civil Defence Section, Regional Defence Administration Nova Gorica              

- Civil Defence Adviser, Regional Defence Administration Nova Gorica

 

2 November 1990 – 30 November 1991 -    different duties at the Municipality of Ajdovščina:

 

Adviser at Defence Section

Apprentice           

 

STATE SECRETARY

 

Klemen Grošelj, PhD

 

He holds a PhD in defence studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana.

 

He was born on the 8th of March 1976 in Kranj. In 2000, he graduated in defence studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana, where he started working as a junior assistant researcher on the 1st of January 2002. After having obtained a master’s degree in defence studies in October 2004, he continued working there as an assistant professor with a master’s degree. From October 2007, when he obtained a doctor’s degree in defence studies, he worked at the same faculty as a researcher and a PhD assistant.


In March 2011, he took over the post of advisor in the Minister's Office at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology. At the same time, he was appointed as the head of the Minister's Office acting under powers delegated by the minister. In August 2011, he assumed the leadership of the research, inquiry and promotion area in the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office, a body within the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology. At the Office, he also worked in the International Cooperation and Promotion Division.


He has a wide range of knowledge in social sciences, in particular in national and international security; contemporary national security systems; social order and state organization; the functioning of a modern state, national and public administrations and organizations, as well as their management and administration. He also has theoretical and practical knowledge in project management and holds a PRINCE certificate.


He is a connoisseur of international relations, activities and mechanisms in the European and international environments, and is also skilled in the geographical space analysis. He is also an expert in the functioning of organizations and decision-making mechanisms, including in crisis situations.


He speaks English, Italian, German, Serbian/Croatian and Russian.


Klemen Grošelj was appointed State Secretary at the Ministry of Defence by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on the 14th of September 2018.


He is married and has a daughter and a son.