Ivan Gašparovič - Former President of Slovakia, Family and Family

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Ivan Gašparovič was President of Slovakia from 2004 to 2014

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BirthdayMarch 27, 1941
NationalitySlovak
FamousFormer President of Slovakia, Lawyers & Judges, Political Leaders, Presidents
SpousesSilvia Gašparovičová
Known asIvan Gasparovic
Childrens Denisa Gašparovičová, Ivo Gašparovič
Universities
  • 1964 - Comenius University in Bratislava
Birth PlacePoltár
Political IdeologyCommunist Party (1968), Movement for Democracy (1992–present)
ReligionCatholicism
GenderMale
FatherVladimir Gašparović
Sun SignAries
Born inPoltár
Famous asFormer President of Slovakia

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Who is Ivan Gašparovič?

Ivan Gašparovič, a Slovak politician and lawyer, is best known for his service as the President of Slovakia over the course of ten years. His lengthy presidency marked the first time that a Slovak candidate was re-elected to the office of president. Aside from his service as president, Gašparovič is most widely noted for his non-confrontational style of governance, an attitude which generally won him popularity at home and abroad. His presidency was, however, not without some controversies, most notably his opposition to the erection of sculptures of figures with alleged fascist or Nazi sympathies. His decision not to name a new attorney general during his presidency also invited criticism and some political upset. On a lighter note, Gašparovič is often lampooned in the press and by the Slovak public for his slip of the tongue. Aside from his presidency, Gašparovič achieved early success in academia, serving in various universities and academic councils, as well as holding various governmental positions in the HZDS party (the “Movement for a Democratic Slovakia”). On the international front, Gašparovič’s efforts during his presidency included work with the United Nations aimed at poverty reduction, sustainable development, respect for human rights and responsible arms control.

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Childhood & Early Life

Ivan Gašparovič was born on 27 March 1941, to Roman Catholic parents, in the town of Poltár, in the south-central Banská Bystrica Region of Slovakia, just south of the Tatra mountain range. At the time of Gašparovič’s birth, Poltár belonged to the first Slovak Republic.

His father, Vladimir Gašparovič was a secondary schoolteacher and headmaster. He was an immigrant from Rijeka, Croatia, who moved to Czechoslovakia at the end of the Second World War.

Career

In 1959, Gašparovič moved from Poltár to the capital city of Bratislava to pursue a degree in Law at Comenius University, Slovakia’s foremost university; he finished his degree in 1964.

Upon completion of his studies, Gašparovič worked in the Martin District Prosecutor’s Office and at the Bratislava Municipal Prosecutor’s Office.

In 1968, he was briefly a member of the Communist Party of Slovakia, supporting the reforms of Alexander Dubček. By August of the same year, following the Warsaw Pact invasion, the party expelled Gašparovič.

Between 1968 and 1990, Gašparovič taught law at his alma mater, Comenius University. He was a Law Faculty at the Department of Criminal Law, Criminology and Criminiological Practice.

In February 1990, Gašparovič was made the deputy vice-chancellor (also known as “prorector”) of Comenius University.

In 1990, following the Velvet Revolution and the democratic election of president Václav Havel, Havel asked Gašparovič to serve as the federal Prosecutor-General for Slovakia.

In 1992, Gašparovič briefly served as the Vice-President to Czechoslovakia’s Legislative Council.

Upon Czechoslovakia’s split into two the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Gašparovič returned to his post at Comenius University Law Faculty, serving on two of the university’s Scientific Councils.

In 1992, Gašparovič became part of the HZDS or Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (‘Hnutie za demokraticke Slovensko’), under the leadership of Vladimir Mečiar. Upon the HZDS wins in the June 1992 elections, Gašparovič became the Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic. In the same year, Gašparovič lead a commission to investigate a scandal involving hidden microphones found in the U.S. Consulate in Bratislava.

In late 1992, Gašparovič also helped to draft the Constitution of Slovakia for the newly formed state.

Between 1998 and 2002, Gašparovič served on the parliamentary Committee for the Supervision of the SIS (Slovak Intelligence Service) as well as a member of the Slovak parliamentary delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

In July 2002, due to internal disputes and differences of opinion with Vladimir Mečiar, Gašparovič left the HZDS and founded a new party together with several other prominent members of Parliament, which they called the HZD or Movement for Democracy (‘Hnutie za demokraciu’).

In 2004, Gašparovič ran for presidency against Mečiar and Eduard Kukan, and although he was considered the least likely contender, he was elected to office.

Throughout his presidency, between 2004 and 2014, Gašparovič gradually gained increasing popularity, despite his unapologetic stance regarding his (unpopular) former role in Mečiar’s presidency.

In 2011, Gašparovič was involved in controversy surrounding the erection of a statue of Janos Esterhazy, which Gašparovič opposed due to Esterhazy’s alleged associations with Nazism and fascist movements.

In July 2013, Gašparovič drew criticism for failing to name a new attorney general into function, despite the candidate being elected by the Slovak parliament.

Major Works

He was one of the authors of the Constitution of Slovakia

In 2006, Gašparovič penned his first autobiographical work, entitled ‘I Think Nationally, Feel Socially’.

In 2009, Gašparovič wrote two books: ‘A Dignified Life for All’ and ‘About Us: Slovakia, Europe, Earth’, publishing the latter in both English and German through the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Awards & Achievements

In 2005, Gašparovič was granted Lithuania’s Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great and Estonia’s Collar of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana.

In 2007, Gašparovič received Knight Grand Cross honors from Italy, Netherlands and Spain.

In 2008, Croatia recognized Gašparovič’s contributions to friendship and cooperation between Slovakia and Croatia with the Grand Order of King Tomislav.

Within Slovakia, Gašparovič has been appointed to three honorary Orders and has received two honorary Crosses and Double Crosses.

Personal Life & Legacy

Gašparovič married Silvia Benikova, in 1964. Together, they have two children: a daughter, Iva, and a son, Denis.

Trivia

Gašparovič’s favorite sport is basketball, a relatively unpopular sport in Slovakia, when compared with soccer, ice hockey or tennis.

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Ivan Gašparovič biography timelines

  • // 27th Mar 1941
    Ivan Gašparovič was born on 27 March 1941, to Roman Catholic parents, in the town of Poltár, in the south-central Banská Bystrica Region of Slovakia, just south of the Tatra mountain range. At the time of Gašparovič’s birth, Poltár belonged to the first Slovak Republic.
  • // 1959 To 1964
    In 1959, Gašparovič moved from Poltár to the capital city of Bratislava to pursue a degree in Law at Comenius University, Slovakia’s foremost university; he finished his degree in 1964.
  • // 1964
    Gašparovič married Silvia Benikova, in 1964. Together, they have two children: a daughter, Iva, and a son, Denis.
  • // 1968
    In 1968, he was briefly a member of the Communist Party of Slovakia, supporting the reforms of Alexander Dubček. By August of the same year, following the Warsaw Pact invasion, the party expelled Gašparovič.
  • // 1968 To 1990
    Between 1968 and 1990, Gašparovič taught law at his alma mater, Comenius University. He was a Law Faculty at the Department of Criminal Law, Criminology and Criminiological Practice.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, following the Velvet Revolution and the democratic election of president Václav Havel, Havel asked Gašparovič to serve as the federal Prosecutor-General for Slovakia.
  • // Feb 1990
    In February 1990, Gašparovič was made the deputy vice-chancellor (also known as “prorector”) of Comenius University.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, Gašparovič briefly served as the Vice-President to Czechoslovakia’s Legislative Council.
  • // 1992
    In late 1992, Gašparovič also helped to draft the Constitution of Slovakia for the newly formed state.
  • // Jun 1992
    In 1992, Gašparovič became part of the HZDS or Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (‘Hnutie za demokraticke Slovensko’), under the leadership of Vladimir Mečiar. Upon the HZDS wins in the June 1992 elections, Gašparovič became the Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic. In the same year, Gašparovič lead a commission to investigate a scandal involving hidden microphones found in the U.S. Consulate in Bratislava.
  • // 1998 To 2002
    Between 1998 and 2002, Gašparovič served on the parliamentary Committee for the Supervision of the SIS (Slovak Intelligence Service) as well as a member of the Slovak parliamentary delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
  • // Jul 2002
    In July 2002, due to internal disputes and differences of opinion with Vladimir Mečiar, Gašparovič left the HZDS and founded a new party together with several other prominent members of Parliament, which they called the HZD or Movement for Democracy (‘Hnutie za demokraciu’).
  • // 2004
    In 2004, Gašparovič ran for presidency against Mečiar and Eduard Kukan, and although he was considered the least likely contender, he was elected to office.
  • // 2004 To 2014
    Throughout his presidency, between 2004 and 2014, Gašparovič gradually gained increasing popularity, despite his unapologetic stance regarding his (unpopular) former role in Mečiar’s presidency.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, Gašparovič was granted Lithuania’s Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great and Estonia’s Collar of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, Gašparovič penned his first autobiographical work, entitled ‘I Think Nationally, Feel Socially’.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, Gašparovič received Knight Grand Cross honors from Italy, Netherlands and Spain.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, Croatia recognized Gašparovič’s contributions to friendship and cooperation between Slovakia and Croatia with the Grand Order of King Tomislav.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, Gašparovič wrote two books: ‘A Dignified Life for All’ and ‘About Us: Slovakia, Europe, Earth’, publishing the latter in both English and German through the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, Gašparovič was involved in controversy surrounding the erection of a statue of Janos Esterhazy, which Gašparovič opposed due to Esterhazy’s alleged associations with Nazism and fascist movements.
  • // Jul 2013
    In July 2013, Gašparovič drew criticism for failing to name a new attorney general into function, despite the candidate being elected by the Slovak parliament.

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    Ivan Gašparovič's childrens is Denisa Gašparovičová, Ivo Gašparovič

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    Ivan Gašparovič studied at 1964 - Comenius University in Bratislava

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    Ivan Gašparovič's political ideology is Communist Party (1968), Movement for Democracy (1992–present)

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    Ivan Gašparovič's religion is Catholicism

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