Peter Javorčík has pursued a career in international relations and diplomacy since the very beginning of an independent and democratic Slovak Republic. After graduating from the Slovak Technical University in 1991, he obtained a postgraduate degree in international relations and EU law from the Comenius University in Bratislava. In 1992, he began his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, first working for the Department of Analysis and Policy Planning in Bratislava and later moving to Brussels to the Mission of the Slovak Republic to the EU from 1995 to 1999, where he dealt with issues of common foreign and security policy. From 1999 to 2004, Mr Javorčík worked closely on the process of accession of the Slovak Republic to the EU, first as Director at the Department of the Chief Negotiator for the EU accession at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bratislava, and later as Antici at the Mission of the Slovak Republic to the EU in Brussels. After Slovakia became a Member State of the EU, Mr Javorčík joined the Cabinet of Ján Figeľ, the Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth in the European Commission. In 2007 Mr Javorčík returned to the Slovak public service and was appointed Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU in Brussels. In 2012 he became State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, a position he held until August 2015 when he was appointed to his current position of Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the EU during the historically first presidency of the Slovak Republic in the Council of the European Union which is taking place from July to December 2016.