Dr Igor Šoltes graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana and further completed the qualified barrister level. He took the doctor’s degree in 2008 on public procurement.
In 1997, Dr Šoltes was appointed member of the National Review Commission in charge of delivering rulings on public procurement procedures where he worked primarily in the field of public administration, complaints and procurement law and was its member by 2001. In 2001, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed him Director of the Public Procurement Office, which was a government body in charge of developing the public procurement system.
In the year 2003, the Parliament elected Dr Šoltes Commissioner for Access to Public Information responsible for administrative rulings on complaints in cases where the requests for access to public information are rejected.
In May 2004, Dr Igor Šoltes was elected by the Slovenian Parliament to the post of President of the Court of Audit of the Republic of Slovenia. His term of office ended at the end of May 2013. During his term as President of the Court of Audit he worked very actively in the two international networks of supreme audit institutions – EUROSAI (European) and INTOSAI (global) – principally in the area of auditing public procurements and public-private partnerships. He still cooperates actively with the Luxembourg-based European Court of Auditors.
At the European elections in May 2014, he was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for a term of five years.
Dr Šoltes has written numerous articles and publications in the field of public procurement and speaks at conferences and expert meetings in Slovenia and abroad.