Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro
Igor Lukšić was born on 14 June 1976, in Bar, Montenegro where he finished elementary and secondary school. He graduated on 10 June 1998 from the University of Montenegro, Faculty of Economics in Podgorica, Entrepreneurship department. He obtained a Master’s Degree at the same institution on 3 October 2002 (thesis: “Spontaneous Order and Transition”) and a Ph.D. on 10 September 2005 (thesis: “Transition – Process of Achieving Economic and Political Freedoms”).
From June 1998 until February 2000, he worked as an associate in implementing the European Commission’s assistance programme “Obnova” at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro. From February 2000 until January 2001, he worked as international relations adviser at the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS). In the period from January to May 2001, he performed duties of Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From March 2003 to June 2006, he was an MP at the Parliament of Serbia and Montenegro.
He was elected MP at the Parliament of Montenegro six times (in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012).
From January until April 2003, he was public relations adviser to the Prime Minister and from March 2003 to February 2004 he served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro. Since February 2004, he has served five terms as Finance Minister, and since December 2008 two terms as Deputy Prime Minister.
He was the youngest Minister and Deputy Prime Minister at the Government of Montenegro.
From 29 December 2010 until 4 December 2012, he served as Prime Minister of Montenegro. During his two-year term of office, Montenegro opened the EU accession negotiations, received encouragement to continue pursuing reforms related to Euro-Atlantic integration at the NATO Summit in Chicago, and became a member of the World Trade Organisation. Numerous identity, economy, and social issues were resolved during his mandate.
The Government headed by Mr Lukšić resolved the status of the descendants of the Petrović Dynasty, initiated the adoption of the law on integration of scientific potentials, and came to an agreement with political parties regarding the use of language at schools.
As regardsy economy, numerous reforms concerning restoring economic growth, stabilising public finances, advancing the business environment, and eliminating the business barriers and structural reforms were introduced. He initiated the adoption of the law on vocational training of college graduates that created the framework for young people to continue their education by working. He advocated Government transparency and dialogue with all social stakeholders. Mr Lukšić initiated the launch of the Government’s e-petitions portal, and during his term a number of agreements that regulate the relations between the state and the religious communities were signed.
In December 2012, he was elected Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.
From 2006 until January 2011 he served as Governor on behalf of Montenegro at the World Bank and at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Between February 2010 and February 2011, he acted as Chairman of the Montenegrin Basketball Federation.
He is Associate Professor at the Faculty of International Economics, Finance, and Business in Podgorica, teaching the courses Economics and Development and Market Functioning. During summer semesters of 2004, 2005 and 2006 he was a teaching assistant at the Entrepreneurship department of the University of Montenegro's Faculty of Economics.
He completed several specialist courses and trainings: “Specialist Course,” Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, 1999; “U.S. Visitor Program,” Washington, 15th March – 1 April 2000, “Summer School of Economics G17,” Belgrade, July 1998, “Visitor Leadership Programme” organised by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He has participated in a number of conferences, seminars, scientific meetings and was engaged in various NGO projects in the past.
He is a member of the Council for Economic Sciences of the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, and Vice President of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists.
In the fall of 2001, he published a book of poetry and prose “Book of Laughter” and in November 2011 a book of poetry entitled “Book of Fear.”
He is fluent in English, and also speaks German, Italian, and French.
He is married to Natasha and has three children: daughters Sofi and Daria and son Aleksej.
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