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Inzko, the EU special representative in Bosnia, a connoisseur…

(B2) Finally the 27 agreed on a name to replace Miroslav Lajcak as Special Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina (and high representative of the International Community, OHR). This is the Austrian Valentin Inzko, the current ambassador to Slovenia and former ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina. He will not have an easy task, at least according to what his predecessor says (read “the failure of the international community“). But he has the advantage of personally knowing the culture and history of this area well.
(And Austria is, in a way, the former tutelary power of the region).

The Balkan, Inzko know well. Valentin Inzko was almost born and held a number of positions in Yugoslavia first, and in its republics which then became independent. Born in May 1949 in Klagenfurt, in this Austrian region close to Yugoslavia, of Slovenian origin himself, he attended the high school for Slovenes in Klagenfurt and continued his path of Slavic studies at the University of Graz, where he studied law, Serbo Croatian and Russian. Doctor of law in 1972, he also graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. From 1974 to 1978, he was head of the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) representation in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) then in Colombo (Sri Lanka). He then joined the Austrian foreign affairs administration in 1981 in the “Central, South-Eastern Europe and Central Asia” section – where he returned between 1995 and 2005 as director of the service. From 1982 to 1986, he was at the Austrian embassy in Belgrade, as press attaché and cultural attaché. He then spent three years in New York at the United Nations. In 1989-1990, he returned to Vienna as director of the Press – Information section. And then left as head of the OSCE mission to the Sandjak of Novi-Pazar, from October to December 1992 (NB: region located between Bosnia and Serbia which had declared its “autonomy” in the summer of 1990). He was then cultural advisor at the Prague embassy until 1996. Then returned to the Balkans, to Sarajevo, where he was ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina until 1999. Since January 2005, he was ambassador to Slovenia.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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