Iztok Jarc, Permanent Representative
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Travel Advice: COVID-19
As the probability of infection with COVID-19 remains present, Slovenian citizens wishing to travel abroad are advised to follow the news on the spread of the virus, especially on the planned route, to check the conditions of entry into the country of destination, and to comply with local rules. Slovenian citizens returning from abroad are advised to follow the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ).
Ambassador Iztok Jarc (born in 1963) graduated in international relations from the Faculty of Sociology, Political Science and Journalism of the University of Ljubljana. In his early career, he was active in international economic cooperation of Slovenia, and later, when Slovenia started its EU accession process, he served as Chief Negotiator for agriculture. In 2001, he became State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food. In 2004, he was appointed Ambassador of Slovenia to Israel. In 2007, the National Assembly confirmed his appointment as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food. In this capacity, he chaired the Agriculture and Fisheries Council during Slovenia's first presidency of the Council of the EU in 2008.
He then pursued his career in Slovenia's foreign service: in 2008, he was appointed Ambassador of Slovenia to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland; in 2014, he was appointed Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the OECD. In 2019, he first served as Ambassador in Serbia, and in November, he was appointed Permanent Representative to the EU.