Mikuláš Dzurinda

Mikuláš Dzurinda

Position: President

Mikuláš Dzurinda is the president of Wilfried Martens Centre for Europeans Studies, a political think tank of the EPP, based in Brussels. He is the former prime minister of Slovakia (1998-2006) and has held various positions in government since first entering politics in 1990. Once he became prime minister and formed a coalition government in 1998, Dzurinda introduced far-reaching reforms which have enabled Slovakia to begin the process of joining the EU and NATO. After being re-elected in 2002, Dzurinda led Slovakia to become a member of the EU and NATO in 2004, a process which he actively took part in from the beginning. Since Slovakia gained independence in 1993, Dzurinda has also held the position of Minister of Transportation and more recently that of Minister for Foreign Affairs (from July 2010 to April 2012). Dzurinda is a founding member of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party (SDKÚ-DS) and was chairman of the party from 2000 to 2012. From 2012 to 2016 he was a member of the Slovak Parliament. In 2007 he was awarded the F.A. Hayek International Prize for reforms and fight against bureaucracy. He is also a marathon runner. 

Participates in the sessions:

  • A different Europe in a different world


    A different Europe in a different world

    A different Europe in a different world

    A new plan for Europe is needed – the ‘status quo’ no longer works. Political transformations in Europe are inching towards populism and isolationism – what is their impact on business conditions? What does the European option associated with the free market in the economy and democracy in politics have to offer? The economy in Europe after Brexit. Repercussions for economic exchanges, the European job market and finance. Likelihood of other exits – a deterrent effect? Possible changes in European cohesion policy (budget reduction and a greater orientation towards competition). A two-speed Europe: Is it a scenario in the making? The new role and position of the euro area. What about the countries of ‘inferior speed’? The countries of Central Europe in view of internal transformations of the European Union.


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