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Miroslav Lajčák

Miroslav Lajčák (born in 1963) served as the foreign and European affairs minister under three terms of the Smer government: first between January 2009 and July 2010, replacing Ján Kubiš, who left the cabinet of Robert Fico for a UN job, and then in the 2012-2016 cabinet of Robert Fico, followed by the 2016-2020 cabinet (PM Robert Fico was replaced by PM Peter Pellegrini in 2018).

Lajčák graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He speaks English, Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian and German.

His professional career started in 1988 in the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the former Czechoslovakia. He was an assistant to the ambassador at the Moscow Embassy. He returned to Slovakia in 1993 after the Slovak Republic was established and started working at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.  One year later, in 1994, he became the Slovak ambassador to Japan. 

Lajčák’s primary diplomatic focus has been in the Balkans. He served as the assistant to the UN Secretary General Special Envoy for the Balkans (1999-2001). After that, he was named the Slovak Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Albania and Macedonia with a seat in Belgrade, serving from 2001 to 2005.

In 2005, back at the ministry, he prepared a summit of presidents of the US and Russia that took place in Bratislava in February 2005. 

He was the personal representative of the EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy to facilitate the referendum on the independence of Montenegro (2006).

He held the post of the High Representative and the EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (2007 – 2009).

Afterwards, Lajčák worked at the Brussels-based European External Action Service as its managing director for Europe and Central Asia (2010-2012).

Lajčák has never become a member of the ruling party Smer, but his name has been associated with the party ever since he took up the ministerial post, and particularly after he ran on Smer’s slate in the 2016 elections. One of his main tasks in 2016 was to prepare Slovakia for the Presidency of the Council of the EU.

During the last term of the cabinet, where he was the minister, he became Slovakia’s first ever President of the United Nations General Assembly.

In 2019, Smer tried to persuade Lajčák for several months to run in the presidential election as the party’s candidate, but refused the bid in the end. 

Who is Miroslav Lajčák?

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Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák.

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Slovakia now officially chairing the OSCE

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Lajčák: Hard Brexit is the worst scenario

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Lajčák decided to stay

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Slovakia won't send anyone to Marrakesh

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Lajčák, Pellegrini, and Kiska (left to right).

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Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák met with President Andrej Kiska on December 4.

PM hopes to talk Lajčák out of resignation

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Diplomat Lajčák was respected abroad and among the opposition

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Slovak Foreign Minister and chairman of the 72nd UN general assembly, Miroslav Lajčák.

On the borders of schizophrenia

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Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák

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I’ve given two years to the EU presidency scandal. I’m leaving.

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Whistleblower Zuzana Hlávková and her former colleague Pavol Szalai who supported her claims.