AntonTravner D75 7048Anton Travner, LL.M., began his career in 1985 when he finished Police Secondary School and started service as a regular police officer at Velenje Police Station, where he worked for six years, carrying out a wide range of police-related tasks. He worked as a police patrol officer and chief of police patrol and, after undergoing a special training course in 1989, as a police service dog handler. In 1991, he took the position of Deputy Commander of the Police Station in Šmarje pri Jelšah. Between 1992 and 1995, he served as Deputy Commander of the Police Station in Žalec.

He completed a two-year part-time study at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana. In 1997, he was appointed Inspector for Specialist Tasks at Celje Police Administration, discharging duties in the field of internal affairs for two years.

In 1999, Anton Travner joined the Division for Border Security and Foreigners of the Uniformed Police Administration within the General Police Administration. He worked in the field of state border protection and border control, and was appointed Head of the State Border Section in the same year.

A year later he took over the leadership of the Border Police Division, formerly known as Division for Border Security and Foreigners. His primary responsibility involved managing the state border and matters concerning foreigners in Slovenia, as well as international cooperation in border-related policing.

He changed his professional field in the months from June to December 2004, taking over the management of the Office of the Minister of Transport, after which his career led him back to the General Police Administration for six months, until June 2005. As member of the top police management team he was responsible for organising and managing the preparations for Slovenia’s entry into the Schengen area. He then took office as Head of Service of the Director General of the Police for a period of six months, until January 2006.

From the beginning of 2006 until autumn 2007, Anton Travner pursued his career in the private sector as owner of a private company, co-operating with the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF). His main responsibilities involved organisation and coordination of activities for the improvement of operational capacities of the states involved in the DCAF assistance programmes. He was in charge of the legal reform projects and made a huge contribution to training programmes targeting officials from DCAF beneficiary states.

He then took over, for a period of eleven months, the leadership of the International Police Cooperation Division within the Service of the Director General of the Police. During the period of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU he chaired the CATS Committee, i.e. the Article 36 Committee. This period was marked by success in several police cooperation-related dossiers, including the adoption of the new legal basis of Europol, the transposing of the Prüm Treaty into the Union Acquis, etc.

Mr Travner worked for the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) from the second half of 2008 until 2012. He was appointed Director of DCAF Ljubljana, a regional branch office of this prominent international organisation.

Anton Travner holds a university degree in law. He studied part-time at the former Post-Secondary College for Interior Affairs of the University of Ljubljana between the years of 1989 and 1993. In 1997, he graduated in law from the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana. He completed his post-graduate study in civil and economic law in 2008, obtaining a LLM degree.

Anton Travner has been member of the Slovenian Underwater Rescue Service since 1987 and performed the function of its Commander between 2003 and 2007. He organised and led entire rescue operation at the Hydroelectric Power Plant Blanca in 2008. He is a veteran of the Slovenian War of Independence.

Travner has authored several discussion papers, articles and monographs. He developed an internationally recognised methodology of the fight against illegal migration. He participated in diverse international and national projects (DCAF, IBPC, OSCE etc.). He was also a national representative in several working groups of the Council of the European Union such as SCIFA, SCIFA plus, SCHEVAL etc.

Anton Travner is the recipient of several decorations, medals and awards, including bronze, silver and golden shields in recognition of his achievement in security services. He was awarded a Medal of Merit by the President of the Republic of Slovenia for his particular contribution in the rescue operation at the Blanca Hydroelectric Power Plant.

He was appointed Director General of the Police on 15 June 2020.