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Slovenian Ex-PM Appointed EIB Vice-President

Ljubljana, 30 July (STA) - Anton Rop, the former Slovenian prime minister, has been appointed vice-president of the European Investment Bank (EIB). He will take office on 18 August, succeeding Polish Marta Gajecka, the EIB said in a press release on Friday.

Rop was nominated by the Slovenian government and appointed to the post with the agreement of a EIB shareholder constituency which includes the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia.

Under the constituency's agreement, the vice-president representing it steps down after three years in office, although formally the term is six years.

"I am grateful for having the opportunity to join an institution which is helping the EU go forward by contributing to the real economy and especially by fostering the economic progress and deeper integration of the countries that have joined the Union since 2004," Rop is quoted as saying by the EIB.

Currently an MP for the ruling Social Democrats (SD) and chair of the Finance and Monetary Policy Committee, Rop served as prime minister from 2002 to 2004 following two stints as finance minister.

Between 1996 and 2000 he was minister of labour, the family and social affairs and in 1993-1996 he served as state secretary for privatisation and regional development.

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