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Govt appoints most state secretaries

Ljubljana, 2 June - The new government of Robet Golob appointed its closest team of aides at its maiden session last night, including state secretaries at most ministries and the prime minister's office. Here is the list of new government officials:

The Office of Prime Minister Robert Golob
- chief of staff: Petra Škofic, Golob's Freedom Movement PR adviser
- state secretary for European affairs: Igor Mally, who held the post at the offices for three ex-PMs: Marjan Šarec, Miro Cerar and Alenka Bratušek
- state secretary for international affairs: Vojko Volk, former consul general in Trieste
- state secretary for strategical communication: Melita Župevc, a former MP and public relations expert
- state secretary for national and external safety: Andrej Benedejčič, former permanent representative to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and other International Organisations in Vienna
- state secretary for defence and security policy: Anton Grizold, a defence studies professor and ex-defence minister
- state secretary for relations with the National Assembly: Maša Kociper, former head of the deputy group of the Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB)
- state secretary for dialogue with civil society and coordination of civil initiatives: Maksimiljana Polak, former advisor at GEN-I, the indirectly state-owned energy trader which Golob headed for 15 years
- state secretary for intergenerational dialogue and housing policy: Nataša Sax, former secretary at the Environment Ministry directorate for housing policy

Secretariat-General of the Government
- secretary general: Barbara Kolenko Helbl, lawyer

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- minister and deputy prime minister: Tanja Fajon
- state secretaries: ex-Foreign Minister Samuel Žbogar, diplomat Marko Štucin

Ministry of Labour, the Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
- minister and deputy prime minister: Luka Mesec
- state secretaries: Simon Maljevac, slated to serve as minister of labour, the family, social affairs and equal opportunities once the government line-up is restructured; Dan Juvan, elected MP for the Left

Ministry of Health
- minister and deputy prime minister: Danijel Bešič Loredan
- state secretaries: dentist Tadej Ostrc, former Labour Ministry State Secretary Breda Božnik, and nurse Aleksandra Lah Topolšek

Ministry of Finance
- minister: Klemen Boštjančič
- state secretaries: former Finance Ministry State Secretary Saša Jazbec, former Labour Ministry State Secretary Tilen Božič

Ministry of the Interior
- minister: Tatjana Bobnar
- state secretaries: Branko Lobnikar, security expert from the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, Tina Heferle, former MP from the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ)

Ministry of Defence
- minister: Marjan Šarec
- state secretaries: former LMŠ MP Rudi Medved, ex-PM Šarec's state secretary for national security Damir Črnčec

Ministry of Justice
- minister: Dominika Švarc Pipan
- state secretaries: ex-Court of Audit president Igor Šoltes, lawyer Sebastjan Zbičajnik

Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
- minister: Matjaž Han
- state secretaries: former Agriculture Minister Dejan Židan, Matevž Frangež, state secretary in the office of PM Miro Cerar

Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning
- minister: Uroš Brežan
- state secretaries: former Foreign Ministry official Uroš Vajgl, Matej Skočir, deputy mayor of the Tolmin municipality

Ministry of Infrastructure
- minister: Bojan Kumer
- state secretaries: Alenka Bratušek, slated to take over as infrastructure minister once the government line-up is restructured; Tina Seršen, so far in charge of legal and international energy issues at the Infrastructure Ministry

Ministry of Public Administration
- minister: Sanja Ajanović Hovnik
- state secretaries: Urban Kodrič, former head of the Koper-Postojna unit of the Market Inspectorate; Jure Trbič, member of the non-parliamentary Pirate Party

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
- minister: Igor Papič
- state secretaries: Matjaž Krajnc, professor at the Faculty for Chemistry; Darjo Felda, mathematician and university professor

Ministry of Culture
- minister: Asta Vrečko
- state secretary: Marko Rusjan, Nova Gorica city councillor for the Left

Government Office for Slovenians Abroad
- minister: Matej Arčon
- state secretary: journalist Vesna Humar

Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy
- minister: Aleksander Jevšek
- state secretary: Marko Koprivc, former SocDem MP

Government Office for Digital Transformation
- minister: Emilija Stojmenova Duh
- state secretary: Matej Kalan, founder of the HUB Kranjska Gora

*State secretaries at the Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Food led by Irena Šinko have not been appointed yet.

Source: Government Communication Office

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