Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Slovenia)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia (Slovene: Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve Republike Slovenije; MZZ) is an executive department of the Government of Slovenia responsible for relations with other countries and international organisations, monitoring of the international political and economic situation, and strengthening of Slovenia’s relations with other countries and international organisations.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of Slovenia
Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve
Coat of arms of Slovenia.svg
Agency overview
Formed1991
JurisdictionGovernment of Slovenia
HeadquartersMladika Building, Ljubljana
Agency executive
Websitehttp://www.mzz.gov.si/en

The ministry is located in the capital city of Ljubljana.

The current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tanja Fajon, has served since 1 June 2022.

OrganizationEdit

ExecutiveEdit

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry is Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is member of the Cabinet and answers to the Prime Minister and the National Assembly. Current Minister of Foreign Affairs is Tanja Fajon of Social Democrats.

Minister is assisted by two State Secretaries, one of which is usually responsible for EU Affairs. Current State Secretaries are Gašper Dovžan (responsbile for EU Affairs) and Stanislav Raščan (responsible for development and other affairs). While the one of the minister is a typical political position, State Secretaries are usually chosen among career diplomats within the ministry.

Internal serviceEdit

The ministry consists of the Minister's Cabinet, Secretariat and five political directorates. Head of Cabinet is Mihael Zupančič. Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General Ambassador Jožef Drofenik.

Directorates and departments within them are:

  • Directorate for Common Foreign and Security Policy (Director-General and Political Director Jernej Müller);
    • Department for Security Policy
    • Department for Strategic Studies and Analyses
    • Department for North and Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Department for Africa and the Middle East
    • Department for Asia and Oceania
    • Department for Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, Central Asia and the Arctic
    • Department for Enlargement and South-Eastern Europe
    • Department for the Bled Strategic Forum
  • Directorate for European Union Affairs (Director-General Ambassador Barbara Sušnik);
    • Department for European Affairs
    • Department for European Countries
    • Department for General and Institutional Affairs
    • Department for Neighbouring Countries
  • Directorate for Multilateral Affairs and Development Cooperation (Acting Director-General Igor Jukič);
    • Department for International Organisations
    • Human Rights Department
    • Department for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Directorate for Economic and Public Diplomacy (Acting Director-General Slobodan Šešum); and
    • Department for Bilateral Economic Cooperation I
    • Department for Bilateral Economic Cooperation II
    • Department for Public Diplomacy and International Cooperation in Culture
  • Directorate for International Law and Protection of Interests (Director-General Marko Rakovec).
    • International Law Department
    • Diplomatic Protocol
    • Consular Department
    • Department for Borders and Succession Issues

Cabinet of the Minister consists of:

  • Strategic communication Service
  • Service for Cooperation with the Government and the National Assembly
  • Internal Audit Service
  • Diplomatic Supervisor
  • Diplomatic academy

Secretariat consists of:

  • Information Technology Service
  • Personnel Service
  • Accounting and Finance Service
  • Documentation and Classified Information Service
  • Legal Affairs And Public Procurement Service
  • Property Management Service
  • Logistics and Security Service

External serviceEdit

Slovenia operates several diplomatic representations and consular posts. There are 42 embassies (one of them non-residential), 7 permanent missions to international organizations, 5 Consulates General, 1 representative office and 3 consulates. Slovenia also has several honorary consuls.

 
Licej complex (in the back) houses part of the offices of the Ministry. In front is the Austrian Embassy in Ljubljana.

MinistersEdit

Minister Start of term End of term
Dimitrij Rupel May 1990 January 1993
Lojze Peterle January 25, 1993 October 31, 1994
Zoran Thaler 26 January 1995 16 May 1996
Davorin Kračun July 19, 1996 January 1997
Zoran Thaler February 27, 1997 September 25, 1997
Boris Frlec January 1998 January 21, 2000
Dimitrij Rupel February 2, 2000 May 2000
Lojze Peterle June 7, 2000 November 30, 2000
Dimitrij Rupel December 2000 July 2004
Ivo Vajgl July 6, 2004 December 3, 2004
Dimitrij Rupel December 3, 2004 October 2008
Samuel Žbogar November 2008 February 2012
Karl Erjavec February 2012 September 2018
Miro Cerar September 2018 March 2020
Anže Logar March 2020 June 2022
Tanja Fajon June 2022

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Coordinates: 46°3′5.99″N 14°29′53.05″E / 46.0516639°N 14.4980694°E / 46.0516639; 14.4980694