Anton Rop (born 27 December 1960) is a Slovenian politician. Currently, he is a vice-president of European Investment Bank. He was Prime Minister of Slovenia, from 2002 to 2004. Until 2005 he was also the president of the Liberal Democratic Party (Liberalna Demokracija Slovenije – LDS), the legal successor of the Slovenian Association of Socialist Youth. On March 20, 2007, he left the party and joined the Social Democrats.

Anton Rop
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Prime Minister of Slovenia
In office
19 December 2002 – 3 December 2004
PresidentMilan Kučan
Janez Drnovšek
Preceded byJanez Drnovšek
Succeeded byJanez Janša
Personal details
Born (1960-12-27) 27 December 1960 (age 61)
Ljubljana, PR Slovenia, Yugoslavia
Political partyLiberal Democracy (Before 2007)
Social Democrats (2007–present)
Alma materUniversity of Ljubljana

Rop was born in Ljubljana. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana in 1984. In 1991, he was admitted to the master's degree in economics, with a thesis on state expenditure and economic growth. From 1985 to 1992 he was Assistant Director of the Slovenian Institute for Macroeconomic Analysis and Development, where he also headed working groups for the projects of fiscal informatics and investments in economic infrastructure and tackled Slovenia's developmental problems. He has written numerous articles about investment, market and housing topics. In his capacity as assistant director of the Institute and advisor to the government he started working in the field of privatisation and legislation drafting as early as 1992.

In 1993 he was appointed State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Relations and Development, charged with privatisation and regional development. Between 1996 and 2000 he held the office of Minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs.

Following elections to the National Assembly at the end of 2000 he was appointed Minister of Finance.[1] He performed this function until December 19, 2002 when he was elected prime minister. He came into conflict with President Janez Drnovšek, though they are from the same party. His government lost the October 2004 elections, and he relinquished the post of Prime Minister on November 9, 2004 when Janez Janša was elected.

He was member of National Assembly of Slovenia until August 2010, when he became vice-president of the European Investment Bank.


  1. ^ "6. Vlada Republike Slovenije (od 30. novembra 2000 do 19. decembra 2002) | GOV.SI". Portal GOV.SI.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Slovenia
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by President of Liberal Democracy
Succeeded by