President of the Republic of Slovenia

Nataša Pirc Musar was born in 1968 in Ljubljana. After graduating from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana in 1992, she passed the national bar examination in 1997. After completing her studies, she was employed for six years at the Slovenian national television station as a journalist and news presenter for the main news programme TV Dnevnik. Subsequently, she worked for five years as a news presenter on “24 ur”, the primary information programme of the largest commercial television broadcaster in Slovenia, POP TV.  

She gained additional experience in journalism at CNN and studied at the Media Department of Salford University in Manchester in the UK for two semesters. During her studies she did professional internships at BBC, Granada TV, SkyNews, Reuters TV, and Border TV. She has also written newspaper articles and worked on radio. 

In 2001 she moved to the financial sector, where she joined the largest Slovenian private financial corporation, Aktiva Group, as Head of Corporate Communications.  

In April 2003 she became the Director of the Training and Communications Centre of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia. On July 15, 2004, the National Assembly elected her the second Slovenian Commissioner for Access to Public Information. She was nominated for this position by the President of the Republic of Slovenia. Since December 31, 2005, Nataša Pirc Musar has held the office of Information Commissioner. Upon the proposal of the President of the Republic Dr. Danilo Türk, on May 21, 2009, the National Assembly elected Mrs. Pirc Musar to an additional five-year term as Information Commissioner. She began her new term of office on July 16, 2009, and finished it in July 2014.  

In October 2009, Nataša Pirc Musar was elected Vice President of the Europol Joint Supervisory Body, and in March 2013 President of the JSB Europol.   

On 9 December 2014 she took an oath as attorney at law at the Slovenian Bar Association. From the 1 January 2015 until December 2022 Nataša Pirc Musar was the director and owner of the Law Firm Pirc Musar & Partners.  

In November 2015 she successfully defended her PhD thesis at Law Faculty of Vienna University, Austria titled How to strike the right balance between access to public information and personal data protection – using a public interest test.  

From 2015 to 2019, she was a jury member at Journalism Fund in Brussels evaluating grant proposals for journalistic investigative stories. 

From 2021 until December 2022 Nataša was a member of the Executive Board of Slovenian Bar Association. 

On December 23, she began to perform the duties of the President of the Republic of Slovenia.