Dr Angelika Mlinar was born on 29 June 1970 in the town of Altendorf in the state of Kärnten, Austria. She graduated in law from the University of Salzburg in 1993, and then earned her master of laws degree (LLM) at the University of Washington in 1995. In 1996 she was awarded the title of doctor of law by the University of Salzburg for her doctoral thesis entitled Women’s Rights as Human Rights.
She began her career in Slovenia, at the Government Office for Legislation, working on Phare pre-accession assistance, before joining the European Commission representative office in Ljubljana as a project manager, focusing in particular on home affairs and justice. She then spent several years working in the world of business.
In 2009 she held the post of secretary-general of the National Council of Carinthian Slovenians, an organisation that represents the political, economic and cultural rights and interests of the Slovenian minority of Kärnten. She assumed the helm of the Liberal Forum in 2010, and after challenging negotiations succeeded in merging it with NEOS, another liberal party. Her good performances helped the party to enter parliament in 2013 contrary to all expectations, and she became an MP, and the first woman to represent the Slovenian minority in Austria’s National Council.
In 2014 she was elected to the European Parliament, where she joined ALDE, the liberal grouping, holding the position of vice-president until November 2018. As an MEP, she was a member of the committee on industry, research and energy, the committee on women’s rights and gender equality, and the committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs.
She stood again in the European elections of May 2019, this time as a candidate for SAB.
On 19 December 2019 the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia appointed her as minister without portfolio responsible for development, strategic projects and cohesion.
Her native languages are Slovenian and German, and she also speaks fluent English and French.