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Andrej Slapničar was born on 21 March 1970. He graduated in 1995 at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana. He started his career in 1995 in the Government Office for Personnel Management and then in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He attended the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the period of 1997 and 1998 and in 2006 the European Security and Defence College in Brussels.

From 1996 he worked in the NATO Department during the accession of Slovenia to NATO and from 2000 to 2004 in the Mission to NATO in Brussels. From 2004 to 2006 he served as the Counsellor in the  Permanent Delegation to the OSCEin Vienna (Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2005). In 2008 he was Chairman of the Council Working Group of the External Aspects of the Fight against Terrorism (COTER) during the EU Presidency. From 2008 to 2013 he was the Head of the Unit for Common Security and Defence Policy, Security and Disarmament and from 2013 the Head of the Security Policy Department and member of the ITF Enhancing Human Security Management Board

From 2015-2019 he was appointed as Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary to the French Republic, Permanent Representative to UNESCO, (membership in the Executive Board)  Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco (non-resident) and Ambassador to the Principality of Monaco (non-resident)

He is fluent in English, French and Serbian and has basic knowledge of German.

He is married and a father of three sons.