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Nina Gregori

Director-General, Internal Administrative Affairs, Migration and Naturalisation Directorate, Ministry of Interior, Republic of Slovenia

Slovenia – Register Oriented Country (from civil status registration to strong e-authentication)


  • Slovenia has a computerized central population register based on a long tradition of population registration since 19th century focusing on a civil-centric approach, with benefits and protection of citizens’ rights deriving from different statuses and a solid basis for state functioning;
  • Use of PIN and biometrics for clear identification, data protection and identity fraud; on-line exchange of information with other vital national registry (tax, pension, social, health insurance etc.) through standardized platforms;
  • Central register of legal identity in conjunction with the eID and central authentication – advantages of the Slovenian model.  

By the beginning of 1990s, Slovenia completed the transition of data from local (paper) registers of the population and integrated them into an e-central register of population. Roughly ten years later, Slovenia rapidly started to develop a national system of e-civil status register, which included more than 70 different transactions. EU treaties, namely the Lisbon Treaty developed the system of the rights of EU citizens. This was also a guiding principle for Slovenia to adopt the legislative framework in 2002 to develop a highly efficient digitalised system. This system enables Slovenian citizens to perform their rights and obligations, and the State to perform functions and services for the people. One of the most important module of this system is the register of civil status (RCS), which is a complete record of the personal status of citizens and foreigners residing in Slovenia.

Apart from the fact that information technology enables inherently new services, it also requires new approaches and new paradigms in carrying out the existing ones. Government must provide continuity of its services for all the subjects, i.e. natural and legal persons of the respective country, and the Slovenian experience and practice with e-government can serve as a model. Today, Slovenia has just lunched Digital Identity with Strong e-authentication, which provides e-Gov services for citizens and business on all web and mobile platforms.

Ms Nina Gregori has been working at the Ministry of the Interior of Republic of Slovenia since 1997 and since 2008 she has been the Director-General (or Deputy Director-General) responsible for asylum, migration, integration, naturalization and internal administrative affairs, which includes ID documents and registration of the population.

Ms Gregori has been actively involved in the preparation of the Slovenian position for the dossiers in the areas of migration, asylum, Schengen and visas for the relevant working bodies of the European Union since 1999. During the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of EU in 2008 she chaired the Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum, and she is still the Slovenian national delegate.

Ms Gregori has participated in more than 60 Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meetings and in European Union Councils as the leader or a member of the Slovenian delegation. In addition, she has chaired, or participated in, over 30 inter-ministerial working groups involved in the preparation of legislation in the field of migration, asylum and registration of the population, ID documents, weapons, political parties and data protection.

She is a member of Management Board of EASO (European Asylum Support Office) and a national delegate at the Expert Working Group for Migration at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As a member of the Interdepartmental Commission on Human Rights, Ms Gregori is a permanent member of various delegations of Slovenia for procedures and instruments of the United Nations and the Council of Europe.

Ms Gregori has an LL.B degree in Political Science and BA of Public Administration from University of Ljubljana. She speaks English, Croatian and Serbian fluently and can actively communicate in Italian and German language. She is married and has two children.


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