For over 20 years, Alenka Košir has been a diplomat at the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Most of the time her work has focused on the region of the Western Balkans – she was Director for Southeast Europe and Enlargement between 2010 and 2019.
She took part in many regional endeavours and discussions and witnessed numerous regional developments, which made her sensitive to the fragility of a post-war multi-ethnic environment such as the Balkans and a convinced advocate of accountability and the reconciliation process. She believes that good neighbourly relations are built primarily on the responsibilities and exemplary communication of political leaders. To sum up her experience – she is also a staunch supporter of the region’s place within the European Union.
Prior to engaging with the Western Balkans, she was an advisor in the Office of the State Secretary, and in 2008 she was part of the Slovenian EU Presidency 2008 CIVCOM team, which broadened her knowledge of civilian aspects of crisis management as well as EU endeavours in this field.
Between June 2019 and March 2020, she assumed the position of Foreign Policy Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister and from April 2020 onwards, she devoted her professional time to EU issues as Director for General and Institutional EU Affairs. In this role, she was involved in the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU for the second time.