Igor Lukšić was born on 14th June 1976, in Bar, where he finished elementary and high school. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Podgorica, on 10th June 1998, module: Entrepreneurship. At the same institution he obtained a Master’s Degree on 3rd October 2002, on the topic: “Spontaneous Order and Transition” and a Ph.D. on 10th September 2005, topic: “Transition - Process of Achieving Economic and Political Freedoms.”
He was elected MP at the Parliament of Montenegro six times (in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012).
In the period from January to April 2003, he was public relations adviser to the Prime Minister. 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 two terms as Deputy Prime Minister, since December 2008.
He was the youngest Minister and Deputy Prime Minister at the Government of Montenegro.
In the period from 29 December 2010 to 4 December 2012, he was elected Prime Minister of the Government of Montenegro. During his two-year term of office, Montenegro opened the EU accession negotiations, at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Montenegro was encouraged to continue pursuing reforms related to Euro-Atlantic integration, became a member of the World Trade Organisation. A numerous identity, economic and social issues were resolved during that period of time. The Government, headed by Mr Lukšić, resolved the status of the descendants of dynasty Petrović, initiated the adoption of the Law on integration of scientific potentials, came to an agreement with political parties regarding the use of language at schools. As to economic policy, numerous reforms concerning restoring economic growth, stabilisation of public finances, advancement of business environment and elimination of business barriers, structural reforms, etc, were introduced. He initiated the adoption of the Law on vocational training of college graduates that created the framework for young people to continue trainings through working practice. He advocated the Government’s 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 to 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 Docent and Lecturer at the Faculty of International Economics, Finance and Business in Podgorica on the course of Economy and Development and Market Process. During summer semesters of 2004, 2005 and 2006 he was a teaching assistant at the Entrepreneurship module at the Faculty of Economics.
He has participated in a number of conferences, seminars, scientific meetings and he 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.
He is fluent in English, fair in French and Italian.
He is married to Natasha and has daughters Sofi and Daria and a son Aleksej.
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