Samuel Žbogar was appointed by EU High Representative/EC Vice-President Catherine Ashton as the Head of the EU Office in Kosovo on 21 December 2011 and by a decision of the Council of the EU on 25 January 2012 he became the European Union’s Special Representative in Kosovo. Mr. Samuel Žbogar is a former Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and diplomat with 24 years experience in key strategic postings, including China, the UN in New York and Washington DC. As State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an EU political director, he led the preparations for Slovenia’s OSCE presidency, headed Slovenia’s negotiating team for NATO accession, and was a member of Slovenia’s EU negotiating team. Samuel Žbogar was born in 1962 in Slovenia. He graduated from the University of Lubljana in Political Science-International Relations. He speaks English, Italian, Croatian/Serbian, and French. Mr Žbogar is a keen runner. He is married with three children.