Cabinet of Ivo Sanader I

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The first Cabinet of Prime Minister Ivo Sanader was the Croatian Government cabinet announced on 23 December 2003. It was the 9th cabinet of Croatia, and its term ended on 12 January 2008. All but two cabinet members came from the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party, following their win in the 2003 parliamentary elections (with the exception of Dragan Primorac, who was formally a non-party minister at the time of his appointment, but later joined HDZ and Vesna Škare-Ožbolt who had been a member of HDZ in the 1990s but then joined the Democratic Centre, a small centre-right party which allied with HDZ after the 2003 elections).

Changes from Cabinet of Ivica Račan II[edit]

Since Račan's centre-left coalition was replaced by the centre-right HDZ government, all the ministers were newly appointed. Furthermore, some ministries were re-organised:

  • Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare was dissolved; it was then merged into Ministry of Health (which then became Ministry of Health and Social Welfare) and Ministry of Economy.
  • Ministry for Crafts, Small and Medium-sized entrepreneurship was also dissolved and merged with the Ministry of Economy, which then became Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forest Management was renamed Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Water Management
  • Ministry of Veterans' Affairs was renamed and expanded into Minister of Family, Veterans' Affairs and Intergenerational Solidarity
  • Ministry of Tourism was dissolved and merged with Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Communications to form the new Ministry of the Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development
  • Ministry of Justice, Public Administration and Local Self-government was renamed simply Ministry of Justice
  • Minister of Public Works, Construction and Reconstruction was dissolved, and merged with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Physical Planning to form the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction
  • Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Education and Sports were merged into Ministry of Science, Education and Sports

These changes had brought down the number of ministries from 19 in Račan's cabinet to 14 under PM Sanader. Also, the ministries of European Integration (headed by Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović) and Foreign Affairs (headed by Miomir Žužul) were later merged in February 2005, which further reduced the total number of government ministries to just 13.

List of ministers and portfolios[edit]

Some periods in the table extend after before 12 January 2008 because the minister continued to hold the post in the following Cabinet of Ivo Sanader II and Cabinet of Jadranka Kosor. The cabinet had two Deputy Prime Ministers: Jadranka Kosor and Andrija Hebrang, who both also served as ministers of their respective portfolios. When Hebrang resigned from both his posts as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health and Social Welfare in February 2005, he was replaced by Damir Polančec (as Deputy Prime Minister) and Neven Ljubičić (who took over his portfolio).

Minister Party Portfolio Period
Ivo Sanader HDZ Prime Minister 23 December 2003 – 6 July 2009
Damir Polančec HDZ Deputy Prime Minister 17 February 2005 – 12 January 2008
Andrija Hebrang HDZ Minister of Health and Social Welfare 23 December 2003 – 15 February 2005
Neven Ljubičić HDZ 16 February 2005 – 12 January 2008
Ivan Šuker HDZ Minister of Finance 23 December 2003 – 29 December 2010
Božo Biškupić HDZ Minister of Culture 23 December 2003 – 29 December 2010
Petar Čobanković HDZ Minister of Agriculture, Forest and Water Management 23 December 2003 – 12 January 2008
Jadranka Kosor HDZ Minister of Family, Veterans' Affairs and Intergenerational Solidarity 23 December 2003 – 6 July 2009
Miomir Žužul HDZ Minister of Foreign Affairs 17 February 2005 – 16 February 2005
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović HDZ Minister of European Integration 23 December 2003 – 16 February 2005
Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration 17 February 2005 – 12 January 2008
Božidar Kalmeta HDZ Minister of the Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development 23 December 2003 – 23 December 2011
Berislav Rončević HDZ Minister of Defence 23 December 2003 – 12 January 2008
Vesna Škare-Ožbolt DC Minister of Justice 23 December 2003 – 9 February 2006
Ana Lovrin HDZ 10 February 2006 –10 October 2008
Marina Matulović-Dropulić HDZ Minister of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction 23 December 2003 – 29 December 2010
Dragan Primorac Non-party Minister of Science, Education and Sports 23 December 2003 – 2 July 2009
Marijan Mlinarić HDZ Minister of the Interior 23 December 2003 – 12 July 2005
Ivica Kirin HDZ 12 July 2005 – 2 January 2008
Branko Vukelić HDZ Minister of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship 23 December 2003 – 12 January 2008

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