Eduard Heger was appointed the Minister of Finance and the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic on March 21, 2020.
Prior to assuming this position, Mr Heger served as a Member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic where he represented the political movement Ordinary People and the Independent Personalities (Obyčajní ľudia a nezávislé osobnosti – OĽaNO) from 2016 to 2020. In 2019 he also became the Chairman of this parliamentary group.
In addition, during this period his other assignments included the membership in various committees of the National Council of the Slovak Republic – the chairmanship of the Special Supervisory Committee for the Control of the Military Intelligence as well as the membership of the Committee on Economic Affairs and the membership of the Committee on European Affairs.
Before entering the state sector Mr Heger held several managerial positions in the private sector. He is also actively engaged in civil society by his membership in non-governmental organisations.
Mr Heger obtained a degree at the University of Economics in Bratislava, Commerce Faculty, Trade and Marketing.
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