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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

 

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


He was born on 29 May 1965 in Postojna. In 1990, he graduated in defence studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana, and later on obtained a master's degree in defence studies at the same Faculty. After having finished his studies, he began working at the Municipality of Ajdovščina, where he completed his traineeship and then assumed the post of advisor in the defence section. Since 1991, he has held different positions at the Ministry of Defence. He was civil defence advisor in the Regional Defence Administration Nova Gorica; head of the civil defence section in the Regional Defence Administration Nova Gorica; head of the Defence Branch Office Ajdovščina; head of the Minister’s Office during Ljubica Jelišič’s term of office as Minister of Defence; director of the Regional Defence Administration Postojna; and coordinator of branch offices at the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief.

 

Miloš Bizjak was actively involved in Slovenia’s War of Independence in 1991. He is a reserve officer of the Slovenian Armed Forces, and holds the rank of lieutenant. He graduated from the Reserve Officer School in Kruševac in 1985, specializing in CBRN.

 

On 18 September 2014, he was appointed as State Secretary at the Ministry of Defence in Miro Cerar’s Government. He currently holds the position of State Secretary in Marjan Šarec’s Government, to which he was appointed on 14 September 2018.

 

He likes to spend his spare time hiking the nearby Nanos and other hills. He maintains his physical fitness by hiking, skiing and, during summer, swimming.

 

He is married to Maja, with whom he has three grown-up children, a daughter and two sons. He lives in a family house in Podgrič in the Primorska region.

 

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.