Democratic Centre (Croatia)
|Founded||2 April 2000|
|Split from||Croatian Democratic Union|
|Headquarters||Ilica 48, Zagreb|
|International affiliation||European People's Party (Observer)|
|Seats in Sabor|
|Politics of Croatia
The Party was formed in 2000 by Mate Granić and Vesna Škare-Ožbolt after they left the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) following the party's defeat in the January 2000 election and Mate Granić's defeat in the February 2000 presidential race. Upon their foundation DC described themselves as a "moderate version of HDZ".
Following HDZ's return to power in the 2003 general election, DC (which had been informally allied with HDZ during the election) gained a single seat in Croatian Parliament and a single ministerial post in the Croatian Government. Vesna Škare-Ožbolt, the party's leader and their only representative elected to parliament, was appointed Justice Minister in the Cabinet of Ivo Sanader I. She held the post from December 2003 to February 2006, when she was forced to step down by Prime Minister Ivo Sanader following allegations that she leaked information to the press and opposed certain government policies, although some media pundits ascribed her resignation to her prominent public stance and ministerial results which overshadowed HDZ ministers. Since then, DC is as an opposition party.
Since 15 October 2002, the Democratic Centre is an observer member of the European People's Party (EPP).
In the 2007 general elections DC ran in coalition with the Green Party but failed to win any seats in the 153-seat parliament. Vesna Škare-Ožbolt also ran for President in the 2009–10 election as a formally independent candidate but only managed to win 37,373 or 1.89% of votes in the first round, finishing 11th out of 12 candidates.
- "Demokratski centar" (in Croatian). HIDRA. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
- "Vlada: 9 / predsjednik Vlade: Dr. sc. Ivo Sanader (2003-12-23/2008-01-12)" (in Croatian). HIDRA. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
- "Potpuni službeni rezultati izbora za predsjednika Republike Hrvatske" (in Croatian). Izbori.hr. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
- Official website (Croatian)