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DRNOVSEK, JANEZ

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DRNOVSEK, JANEZ

DRNOVŠEK, JANEZ

President, the Republic of Slovenia

 

Dr Janez Drnovšek was sworn in as President of the Republic of Slovenia at the National Assembly on 22 December 2002, after he had presided for ten years over both the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the leading parliamentary party, the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia. As president of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia, he succeeded in leading the party to victory at the parliamentary elections three times, in 1992, 1996, and 2000. Dr Janez Drnovšek was born on 17 May 1950 in Celje. He graduated in economics at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Economics. In 1986, he finished his doctoral studies in economic science at the Faculty of Economics and Business in Maribor. In 1994, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Boston, and in 1999, an honorary doctorate from the Illinois Wesleyan University. In 2004 he also received the honorary functions of Protector and Honorary Senator of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts from Salzburg. Until 1989, he held various positions in the economic sector and was involved in credit and monetary policy. After a successful career in banking, Dr Drnovšek was elected as the Slovene representative in the collective presidency of the former Yugoslavia at the first free and democratic elections in April 1989. From May 1989 to May 1990 he was the Head of the Presidency of the former Yugoslavia. In September 1989, he presided over the Summit of the Non-Aligned in Belgrade. During his years of political activity, Dr Drnovšek has taken part in many international meetings, conferences and forums with participants from the highest levels. For his political, economic and humanitarian achievements and contribution to Slovenia’s successful transition to democracy, Dr Drnovšek has received a number of international awards, such as Le prix de la Méditerranée (Crans Montana Forum, Malta, October 1995), the Public Leadership Award (Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, May 1997), the award of the Fund for American Studies (American Institute of Political and Economic Systems, Prague, August 1998), the Diálogo Europeo award (Madrid, November 1998), and the Ramón Trias Fargas award (Barcelona, November 2003). Dr Drnovšek is a frequent guest of honour and lecturerat prestigious international establishments and universities all over the world. He is also the author of many articles in the fields of credit control and monetary policy, as well as on international financial relations, in which he has focused on the world loan crisis. In recent years, Dr Janez Drnovšek has been publishing his analyses of and commentaries on topical international questions, in the most important world media. Dr Drnovšek is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and German.