We are very pleased to announce that Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Slovakia will speak at Arctic Frontiers Policy. Miroslav Lajčák is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia since January 2009. He is also serving as Deputy Prime Minister since April 2012. Until the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia, he was a member of Communist Party. He joined the Czechoslovak Foreign Ministry in 1988. Lajčák was posted to the Czechoslovak and subsequently the Slovak embassy in Moscow (1991-1993), was Slovakia’s ambassador to Japan (1994-1998), and served as the chef de cabinet of Slovakia’s then Foreign Minister and later Prime Minister, Jozef Moravčík (1993-1994). Between 2001 and 2005, Lajčák was based in Belgrade as Slovakia’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (later Serbia and Montenegro), Albania and the Republic of Macedonia. He was the EU's supervisor to the 2006 Montenegrin independence referendum, and became the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina/EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina succeeding Christian Schwarz-Schilling to the post (2007).
Lajčák is a law graduate from the Comenius University in Bratislava and holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the State Institute of International Relations in Moscow and is also a graduate of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.