Cabinet of Zoran Milanović

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Milanović cabinet
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12th Cabinet of Croatia
Date formed 23 December 2011
People and organizations
Head of government Zoran Milanović
Head of state Ivo Josipović
Member party Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP)
Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats (HNS)
Istrian Democratic Assembly (IDS)
Croatian Party of Pensioners (HSU)
Election(s) 2011 election
Previous Kosor cabinet
The cabinet's joint monthly approval rating since taking office
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The Cabinet of Prime Minister Zoran Milanović was announced on 23 December 2011. It is the 12th cabinet of Croatia, formed following the November 2011 election won by the centre-left Kukuriku coalition.

By taking office at the age of 45, Zoran Milanović became the youngest Prime Minister since Croatia's independence.[1] In addition, his cabinet is also the youngest cabinet in the same period, with an average age of 48.[1]

Cabinet members came from three out of the four parties of the winning coalition, leaving only the single-issue Croatian Party of Pensioners (HSU) without representation:

The Milanović cabinet endured a major change when the first deputy prime minister Radimir Čačić resigned in November 2012 following his vehicular manslaughter conviction in Hungary.[2]

Changes from the preceding cabinet[edit]

The number of ministries rose to 20, up from 16 in the preceding centre-right Cabinet of Jadranka Kosor. None of the previous ministers have retained their position, and several ministries were renamed or had their portfolios reorganized:

  • The former Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship (MINGORP) was renamed Ministry of Economy, headed by Radimir Čačić. Labour and entrepreneurship portfolios were taken over by two other newly established ministries.
  • The Ministry of Labour and Pension System was created, taking over the labour portfolio from MINGORP.
  • The Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts was created, taking over the entrepreneurship portfolio from MINGORP.
  • The former Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MZSS) was renamed Ministry of Health, dropping the social welfare portfolio.
  • The former Ministry of Family, Veterans' Affairs and Intergenerational Solidarity (MOBMS) was renamed Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, dropping the veterans' affairs portfolio and taking over the social welfare portfolio from the former MZSS.
  • The Ministry for Veterans' Affairs was created, taking over the portfolio from the former MOMBS.
  • The former Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction (MZOPU) was split into two new ministries - the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Nature and the Ministry of Construction.
  • The former Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MVPEI) was renamed Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
  • The former Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development was renamed Ministry of Agriculture.
  • The former Ministry of Regional Development, Forestry and Water Management was renamed Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds Management.
  • In addition, the number of Deputy Prime Ministers fell from six under Jadranka Kosor to four, and the number of Deputy PM's holding no other office in the cabinet was reduced from three to just one.

Only two cabinet members have previously held senior executive posts - from 2000 to 2003 Slavko Linić held the position of Deputy Prime Minister and Radimir Čačić was Minister of Public Works, Construction and Reconstruction, both under Prime Minister Ivica Račan.

List of ministers and portfolios[edit]


  • In December 2011, the Cabinet had one First Deputy Prime Minister (Radimir Čačić) and three Deputy Prime Ministers: for Neven Mimica this is his only post in the Cabinet, while Radimir Čačić, Branko Grčić and Milanka Opačić serve as both Deputy Prime Ministers and ministers of their respective portfolios.[1]
  • In November 2012, Vesna Pusić replaced Čačić as the First Deputy Prime Minister.[2]

Current composition[edit]

Minister Party Portfolio Period
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Zoran Milanović SDP Prime Minister 23 December 2011 –
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Vesna Pusić HNS Deputy Prime Minister*

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs**

*16 November 2012 –
**23 December 2011 –
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Milanka Opačić SDP Deputy Prime Minister (for Social Affairs)
Minister of Social Welfare and Youth
23 December 2011 –
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Branko Grčić SDP Deputy Prime Minister (for the Economy)
Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Management
23 December 2011 –
Boris Lalovac SDP Minister of Finance 14 May 2014 –
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Ante Kotromanović SDP Minister of Defence 23 December 2011 –
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Ranko Ostojić SDP Minister of the Interior 23 December 2011 –
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Ivan Vrdoljak HNS Minister of Economy 16 November 2012 –
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Orsat Miljenić Non-party Minister of Justice 23 December 2011 –
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Arsen Bauk SDP Minister of Public Administration 23 December 2011 –
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Gordan Maras SDP Minister of Entrepreneurship and Crafts 23 December 2011 –
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Mirando Mrsić SDP Minister of Labour and Pension System 23 December 2011 –
Siniša Hajdaš Dončić SDP Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure 18 April 2012 - [3]
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Tihomir Jakovina SDP Minister of Agriculture 23 December 2011 –
Darko Lorencin IDS Minister of Tourism 19 March 2013 –
Mihael Zmajlović SDP Minister of Environmental Protection and Nature 13 June 2012 –
Anka Mrak - Taritaš HNS Minister of Construction 16 November 2012 –
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Predrag Matić Non-party Minister of War Veterans 23 December 2011 –
Siniša Varga SDP Minister of Health 11 June 2014 –
Vedran Mornar Non-party Minister of Science, Education and Sports 11 June 2014 –
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Andrea Zlatar-Violić HNS Minister of Culture 23 December 2011 –
Source: Vlada Republike Hrvatske

Former members[edit]

Minister Party Portfolio Period
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Zlatko Komadina SDP Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure 23 December 2011 – 4 April 2012[4]
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Mirela Holy SDP Minister of Environmental Protection and Nature 23 December 2011 – 7 June 2012[5]
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Radimir Čačić HNS Deputy Prime Minister (for Economic Issues)
Minister of Economy
23 December 2011 – 14 November 2012 [6]
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Veljko Ostojić IDS Minister of Tourism 23 December 2011 – 9 March 2013[7]
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Neven Mimica SDP Deputy Prime Minister (for Home, Foreign and European Affairs) 23 December 2011 – 1 July 2013
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Slavko Linić SDP Minister of Finance 23 December 2011 – 6 May 2014
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Rajko Ostojić SDP Minister of Health 23 December 2011 – 11 June 2014
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Željko Jovanović SDP Minister of Science, Education and Sports 23 December 2011 – 11 June 2014


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