Jožef Školč

Jožef Školč (born 19 August 1960) is a Slovenian left liberal politician.

Jožef Školč

He was born in the village of Breginj in western Slovenia, in what was then the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He graduated from political science at the University of Ljubljana. In 1988 he was elected president of the Alliance of Socialist Youth of Slovenia, the youth organization of the Communist Party of Slovenia. By that time, the organization was already fairly independent from the Communist Party and played an important role in the process of democratization of Slovenia. In 1990, the Alliance of Socialist Youth was renamed to Liberal Democratic Party and Školč became its first president. In the first free elections in Slovenia in April 1990, the party gained around 14% of the popular vote and remained in opposition against the government led by the DEMOS coalition.

In 1992, Školč resigned as president of the Liberal Democratic Party to give way to Janez Drnovšek. The same year, he was elected MP in the Slovenian National Assembly and between 1994 and 1996, he served as its speaker. Between 1997 and 2000, he served as Minister of Culture of Slovenia.

Between 2007 and 2008, he was head of the parliament group of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia. Since 2008, he has been serving as a State Secretary in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister Borut Pahor.


Political offices
Preceded by
Herman Rigelnik
Speaker of the National Assembly of Slovenia
Succeeded by
Janez Podobnik
Preceded by
Janez Dular
Minister of Culture
27 February 1997 – 7 June 2000
Succeeded by
Rudi Šeligo
Party political offices
New title President of the Liberal Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Janez Drnovšek