Марош Шефчович

Maroš Šefčovič

VICE-PRESIDENT of the EC for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight.

Maroš Šefčovič is a Czechoslovak and Slovak diplomat, Slovak and European politician (European Commissioner).

He studied at the University of Economics in Bratislava (1984 – 1985), completed the full course of study (1985 – 1990) and graduated with a degree in “International Relations” at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. At the Comenius University in Bratislava, he received the scientific degrees JUDr in Law (1990) and PhD in International and European Law (2000).

He was an adviser to the Czechoslovak Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, served as 3rd Secretary and Consul at the Czechoslovak Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe (1991 – 1992), and then as 2nd Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Slovakia in Ottawa, Canada (1992).

Since 1995, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, he has been working on relations with the European Union and NATO. In 1998, he became chief of staff of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, then he was appointed ambassador to Tel Aviv, Israel (1999).

He was sent as the permanent representative of Slovakia to the European Union in 2004. On October 1, 2009, he replaced Jan Figel in the Barroso II Commission as European Commissioner (from Slovakia) for Education, Training, Culture and Youth. In the Commission, Barroso II is the Vice-President of the EC and European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, as well as temporary European Commissioner for Health Care and Consumer Policy (2012). In the commission, Juncker is the Commissioner for the Energy Union and again the Vice-President of the EC. Since December 1, 2019, he is the vice-chairman with the “Inter-institutional relations and perspectives” department in the “Von der Leyen” Commission.

Dr. Maroš Šefčović is married and has 3 children.