Author: Tamino Petelinšek, STA
Born 10 July 1975
Igor Mally is an expert in European affairs. In 2000 he graduated from, and in 2005 obtained his master’s degree at, the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana, where he studied European integration processes in both his undergraduate and master's studies. He has devoted his entire career to date to European affairs.
In 2000 he was employed in the Slovenian Government Office for European Affairs, where he was first involved in negotiations on Slovenia’s accession to the European Union, subsequently serving as an adviser for the area of EU Cohesion Policy and institutional affairs.
In 2006, as head of the office of the State Secretary for European Affairs, he began actively participating in the preparations for and holding the first Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU. During this time he was also chief adviser to the representative of the EU Council Presidency in the European Parliament.
From the end of 2008 until 2012, at the Slovenian Government Office for Development and European Affairs, he served as the Slovenian coordinator for negotiations on the EU multiannual financial framework 2014–2020.
In 2012 he took up a position at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where, in addition to negotiations on the EU multiannual financial framework, he was entrusted with the coordination of other strategic EU dossiers being addressed in the European Council.
In April 2013 he started working as the head adviser to the Prime Minister on European Union affairs. As Sherpa, he has actively participated in dealing with key EU dossiers at the European Council level.
In February 2017 he was appointed State Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister. He was reappointed to this position in September 2018.
In November 2018, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed him Head of the Slovenian EU Presidency 2021 preparations.