|European Commissioner for Crisis Management|
|Assumed office |
1 December 2019
|President||Ursula von der Leyen|
|Preceded by||Christos Stylianides (Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management)|
|Born||November 6, 1967|
Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Education||University of Ljubljana|
Janez Lenarčič (born 6 November 1967) is a Slovenian diplomat who has been serving as European Commissioner for Crisis Management in the Von der Leyen Commission since 2019. He is a former Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights within the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Early life and education
Career in diplomacy
Lenarčič entered the Slovenian foreign service in 1992 . His first posting in 1994-1999 was at the Mission of Slovenia to the United Nations in New York. From 2000 to 2001 Lenarčič worked as adviser to the foreign minister and Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek. From 2002 to 2003 he served as secretary of state in the office of the prime minister. Lenarčič was ambassador of Slovenia to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna from 2003 to 2006, and chaired the OSCE Permanent Council in 2005 during the Slovenian chairmanship. From 2006 to 2008 Lenarčič was secretary of state for European affairs, including representing Slovenia during the Lisbon Treaty negotiations in 2007 and later representing the Slovenian EU Council Presidency to the European Parliament in 2008.
Lenarčič then moved to Warsaw as Director of the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) until 2014.
Member of the European Commission, 2019–present
- European Commission, CV
- OSCE, CV
- "Šarec za kandidata za evropskega komisarja predlaga Lenarčiča". www.rtvslo.si. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
- Laura Kayali, Paola Tamma and Hans von der Burchard (April 9, 2020), France’s freewheeling Thierry Breton rises to the crisis Politico Europe.