Who Are the Seven Slovenian MEPs?

7. 6. 2009

Below are short CVs of all seven members of the European Parliament from Slovenia:

MILAN ZVER (SDS/EPP-ED) was born on 25 May 1962. He graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences and did a master's degree in political science. In 1998, he started teaching sociology at the University of Maribor. He has written a series of articles and monographs on political analysis and history of political thought. A member of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) since 1990, Zver served as adviser to Deputy Prime Minister Joze Pucnik and later to the then Defence Minister Janez Jansa. From 2002 to 2004, he served as member of the Municipal Council of Ljubljana. He has been member of several executive bodies of the SDS since 1992. Currently he holds the vice-presidential post. He was elected MP in 2004, but left the parliament shortly after to serve as Education Minister in the Jansa centre-right government. In the first half of 2008 he has chaired the EU Education, Youth and Culture Council. Zver is married and has two daughters. He speaks English, German and Serbo-Croatian.


ROMANA JORDAN CIZELJ (SDS/EPP-ED) was born on 8 January 1966. She graduated from the Faculty of Electronics and Computer Sciences and proceeded to acquire a master's degree in nuclear physics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, followed by a doctorate. She is president of the Association of Slovenian Nuclear Experts and a member of the European Federation of Nuclear Associations. She already served as MEP in the previous term. She is married and has two children.

ZORAN THALER (SD/PES) was born on 21 January 1962. He graduated in political sciences from the Faculty of Social Sciences. He started his political career as a student when he joined the former socialist youth organisation ZSMS, which later evolved into the Liberal Democracy (LDS). Thaler was elected to parliament in the first multi-party elections in Slovenia in spring 1990 and became deputy foreign minister of the first democratically elected Slovenian government. Later on he chaired the parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee. He served as foreign minister between 1995 and 1997, and then left politics for business in the late 1990s. Between 2004 and 2006 he was chief executive of mobile services provider Simobil.


TANJA FAJON (SD/PES) was born on 9 May 1971. She graduated in journalism from the Faculty of Social Sciences and continued her studies at the University of Paris. She obtained her master's degree in science and international politics in 2005. As a journalist she worked at radio Radio glas Ljubljane in the 1990s and wrote for daily Republika. Among her employers were also public broadcaster RTV Slovenija and CNN. She has been Brussels correspondent for RTV Slovenija for 8 years.


LOJZE PETERLE (NSi/EPP-ED) was born on 5 July 1948. After graduating in geography and history from the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts, he studied economics. His first job was at the Urban Planning Institute, from where he moved to the now defunct Institute of Social Planning as an adviser on environmental issues. He was editor of the journal Revija 2000 for 15 years, and editor in chief of the Catholic magazine Tretji dan (The Third Day) for a number of years. In March 1989, he and his colleagues set up the Slovenian Christian Social Movement, which transformed into the party Slovenian Christian Democrats (SKD) in the same year. Peterle was elected to parliament in the first multi-party elections in Slovenia in spring 1990 only to become the prime minister of the first democratically elected Slovenian government. Later on he held the offices of foreign minister and deputy prime minister. Peterle became chair of the parliamentary European affairs commission after the 1996 general election. He was the only from the ten countries joining the EU in 2004 to become a member of the presidency of the European Convention that crafted the European constitutional treaty. He already served as MEP in the previous term. He speaks German, English, French, Russian. Peterle is married and has three children.


JELKO KACIN (LDS/ALDE) was born on 26 November 1955. He graduated in defence studies and was the minister of information in the first government of the independent Slovenia. He founded the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) in 1991 and run a project on the promotion of Slovenia. Between 1994 and 1997 he was minister of defence. During the 1996-2000 term of the National Assembly he chaired the parliamentary committee on international relations, and was a member of the joint accession committee of Slovenia and the European Parliament (EP), and of the Slovenian delegation in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly. Before he was elected MEP in the 2004 election, he chaired the parliamentary foreign policy committee, and was one of Slovenia's first seven observers in the European Parliament. He is married and a father of two sons.


IVO VAJGL (Zares/ALDE) was born on 3 March 1943. After graduating from the Biotechnical Faculty, Vajgl worked as a journalist. In 1984, he was appointed consul of the former Yugoslavia to Cleveland, US. In 2004 he served a short term as foreign minister in the government of Anton Rop. Between 2004 and 2007, Vajgl worked as foreign policy adviser to President Janez Drnovsek. Since the mid 1990s, Vajgl was member of the Liberal Democracy (LDS). In 2005, he ran for president of the party, but was defeated by Jelko Kacin. In 2007, Vajgl left the LDS and joined the newly formed party Zares. Vajgl currently chairs the parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee. He is married and has three children.

Slovenia News 22 July 2014
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Alenka Bratušek, and the Minister of Defence, Roman Jakič, attended a donor conference on aid to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. According to the latest information, conference participants have contributed funds totalling over 1.8 billion euros. 

At the press conference, the PM said that over 400 representatives of all major international organisations, member states and other representatives of the international community were attending. 

"The title of today's conference is 'Rebuilding Together', as we wish ensure funds for the immediately deal with the damage caused by the tragic events. The damage has been estimated at about 4 billion euros. Today, we collected the funds that are urgently needed in order for life to return to normal. In this respect, it is particularly necessary that children will be able to return to school in the autumn and that those who had to leave their homes will be able to return to them before winter," said the PM. 

In addition to 3.6 million euros contributed before the conference, Slovenia pledged an additional million euros. "Once again, there has been a show of solidarity among the countries, so I would like to thank again all of the countries that participated at the donor conference," said the PM.
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