Dr Anže Logar, born on 15 May 1976, graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana in 2000, obtained his master's degree from the Faculty of State and European Studies in January 2006 and his doctoral degree from the School of Advanced Social Studies in July 2016. From 2000 to January 2003, he worked as a product manager in the marketing department at SKB Banka. He then continued his career in the European Parliament.
In both governments under Janez Janša, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed him Director of the Government Communication Office. During Slovenia's Presidency of the Council of the EU, he was the spokesperson of the Slovenian EU Council Presidency. Later he joined the Economic Diplomacy Division within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Minister Plenipotentiary for OECD relations.
In the 2014–2018 term, he was a deputy in the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia. During this time, he headed the commission of inquiry established to identify the persons responsible for abuses in the Slovenian banking system. In 2018, he was once again elected deputy. Until recently, he was head of the Commission for Public Finance Control. He assumed his position as a Minister of Foreign Affairs on March 13th 2020.
On 16 February 2007, Lithuanian Independence Day, the then Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus conferred upon him a state award – the "Life-Saving Cross" – for his services in saving a Lithuanian citizen, Mantvydas Juozapavičius, from drowning in one of Hungary's lakes.
What are the regional and geopolitical consequences of the EU and the Western Balkan countries losing commitment to one another? Are the tools at the EU’s disposal sufficient for reverting external influence in the region amidst the enlargement fatigue, and for improving the post-COVID-19 recovery? Is there a way for the EU to show that ‘phasing in’ to EU programmes is a long-term endeavour that will foster pro-EU orientation of WB6?
The devastating impact of the pandemic once again laid bare the economic, social and political concerns in the Western Balkans. Primarily China and Russia have recently been engaged in the region while the EU has been consistently aiming at cementing its presence in the Western Balkans by going beyond what other actors have provided. The EU, however, has not been a leading force in buttressing the continuous transformation in the region. While some perceive the EU as a panacea, others might turn to other non-EU alternatives. Therefore, today, Europe needs to address these developments in its own backyard more than ever before.