Born on 2nd February 1963 in Koprivnica, Slovenia, Franc Bogovi? graduated from the Agronomy College in 1984 and became an Agricultural Engineer. His professional career constitutes of several different posts, such as agricultural extension expert, agricultural trade entrepreneur, Mayor of Krško Municipality, member of Slovenian National Assembly and Minister of Agriculture and Environment. On 2 March 2013, Bogovi? was elected President of the Slovene People’s Party, the position he held until 6th December 2014. Bogovi? is currently serving his second term as a Member of the European Parliament, where he is mostly engaged in topics related to agriculture, rural and regional development, cohesion policy, as well as energy. Bogovi? is also leading the Smart Villages initiative as well as chairing the “Bioeconomy” Working Group of Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development" in the European Parliament.