Peter Kažimír

Peter Kažimír (born 28 June 1968) is the president of the National Bank of Slovakia. In the years 2006 – 2010 he served at the Slovak Finance Ministry. From April 4, 2012 to April 11, 2019, he was the Finance Minister of the Slovak government under prime ministers Robert Fico and Peter Pellegrini. He was a senior member of the social-democratic SMER-SD party, but resigned after he became president of the National Bank.

Peter Kažimír
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Governor of National Bank of Slovakia
Assumed office
1 June 2019
Preceded byJozef Makúch
Minister of Finance
In office
4 April 2012 – 11 April 2019
Prime MinisterRobert Fico
Peter Pellegrini
Preceded byIvan Mikloš
Succeeded byPeter Pellegrini (acting)
Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia
In office
4 April 2012 – 23 March 2016
Prime MinisterRobert Fico
Personal details
Born (1968-06-28) 28 June 1968 (age 51)
Košice, Czechoslovakia
Political partyDirection-Social Democracy
Alma materUniversity of Economics, Bratislava

Political careerEdit

In 2015, Kažimír was part of a team that secured the investment of Jaguar Land Rover in a £1bn plant, beating off stiff competition from Poland and Mexico.[1] In the second half of 2016, during Slovakia's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, he officially represented the EU and the Eurogroup at the G20 and G7 meetings as well as the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

By November 2017, Kažimír submitted his formal application for succeeding Jeroen Dijsselbloem as the next chairman of the Eurogroup.[2][3] At the vote on December 4, he withdrew after the first round and Mário Centeno was eventually elected to the post.[4][5]

In December 2019, the National Council approved Kažimír as the government's nominee to succeed Jozef Makuch in the office of the president of the National Bank of Slovakia.[6] He took up the post on 1 June 2019.[7]

Other activitiesEdit

European Union organizationsEdit

International organizationsEdit

Corporate boardsEdit

  • National Nuclear Fund for Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations (NJF), Member of the Supervisory Board (2006-2010)
  • DDP Credit Suisse Life & Pensions, Member of the Supervisory Board (2001-2006)

Political positionsEdit

According to the Financial Times, Kažimír developed a strong record on managing Slovakia's public finances since taking office.[13] He earned respect for keeping budget deficits under control and became known for his tough stance in the eurozone’s negotiations with debt-plagued Greece.[14]

External linksEdit

  • CV of Peter Kazimir, Slovak Ministry of Finance[15]
  • Program Na Telo, TV Markiza[16]


  1. ^ Peter Campbell (May 8, 2017), Minister seeks to steer Slovakia past a ‘lasagne of evil’ Financial Times.
  2. ^ Jan Strupczewski (November 6, 2017), Slovakia's Kazimir bids to chair euro zone finance ministers Reuters.
  3. ^ Jan Strupczewski (November 30, 2017), Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia bid for Eurogroup chair Reuters.
  4. ^ Viktoria Dendrinou, Stephanie Bodoni and Radoslav Tomek (December 4, 2017), Portugal's Centeno Gets Top Economic Job in New Euro Chapter Bloomberg News.
  5. ^ Mehreen Khan and Jim Brunsden (December 4, 2017), Portugal’s Centeno wins race to become eurogroup president Financial Times.
  6. ^ Tatiana Jancarikova (December 6, 2018), Slovak parliament approves finance minister Kazimir as next central bank governor Reuters.
  7. ^ Slovak Spectator (March 13, 2019), Kažimír appointed as new governor of Slovakia's central bank Slovak Spectator.
  8. ^ Governing Council European Central Bank (ECB).
  9. ^ Board of Governors European Investment Bank (EIB).
  10. ^ Board of Governors European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
  11. ^ Board of Governors Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group.
  12. ^ Board of Governors World Bank.
  13. ^ Jim Brunsden and Mehreen Khan (November 5, 2017), Pierre Gramegna emerges as early eurogroup frontrunner Financial Times.
  14. ^ Tatiana Jancarikova (March 23, 2016), Slovak president appoints Robert Fico for another term as PM Reuters.
  15. ^ Ministry of finance, Slovakia "Peter Kazimir (CV)", Slovak Ministry of Finance, Bratislava, Retrieved on March 24, 2013.
  16. ^ Na Telo "Za Fica bol plyn skoro zdarma, ale len podla popletenej statistiky" Archived 2011-08-30 at the Wayback Machine, TV Markiza, Bratislava, April 13, 2011. Retrieved on March 24, 2013.