Rudolf Schuster (1934), was president of Slovakia from 1999 to 2004. After his
graduation from the Slovak Technical University, Faculty of Construction in 1959,
he worked at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in 1960-1962, investment and management
in VSŽ, and later he served with the Košice National
City Council. He was elected Mayor for the first time in 1983. In 1986 he
became Chairman of the Eastern Slovak Regional National Council.
In the years
1989-1990 he headed the Slovak National Council. Since 1990 he worked in
diplomatic service as an Ambassador of former Czechoslovakia to Canada. After returning in 1992, he
worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic. In 1994, he was elected for a
second term, and again in 1998 for his third term as Mayor of Košice. In the first direct presidential elections in May
1999, Rudolf Schuster was elected by the citizens as President of the Slovak Republic and entered the office after the
inauguration on 15 June 1999. In 2004 he was defeated in the
Rudolf Schuster is the author of
several travelogues, radio plays, radio shows, travel
and documentary movies. Mr. Schuster has been awarded the highest state award
of the Slovak Republic, 1st Class Pribina
Cross, received the Order of Tolerance from the town of Wuppertal, Federal Republic of Germany and
is bearer of the Grand Cross of Merit with Collar of the Sovereign Military
Order of Malta. He has honorary doctorates from the Košice Technical University (1998) and Bergische
in Wuppertal (1999).
On World Habitat Day, 2 October 2000, Rudolf Schuster was
presented with the Habitat Scroll of Honour award for his dedication and
leadership as a mayor in the improvement and restoration of the city of Košice. The Habitat Scroll of
Honour award was launched by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in
1989. It is currently the most prestigious human settlements award in the
world. Its aim is to acknowledge initiatives which have made outstanding
contributions in various fields such as shelter provision, highlighting the
plight of the homeless, leadership in post conflict reconstruction, and
developing and improving the human settlements and the quality of urban life.
festive ceremony on 12 July 2002 in the presidential palace in Bratislava, president Schuster was awarded
the FAO Agricola Medal.
Short biography on the website of the Slovak
President (in Slovak only).
Slovakia 15 June 2000
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