Dragan Čović

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Dragan Čović
Dragan Covic (cropped).jpg
Croat Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Incumbent
Assumed office
17 November 2014
Preceded by Željko Komšić
In office
5 October 2002 – 9 May 2005
Preceded by Jozo Križanović
Succeeded by Ivo Miro Jović
Chairperson of the House of Peoples
In office
9 February 2012 – 17 November 2014
Deputy Ognjen Tadić
Preceded by Ognjen Tadić
Succeeded by TBD
Vice President of the Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In office
12 December 1998 – 11 January 2001
President Ejup Ganić
Ivo Andrić-Lužanski
Ejup Ganić
Ivo Andrić-Lužanski
Prime Minister Edhem Bičakčić
Minister of Finance of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In office
12 December 1998 – 11 January 2001
President Ejup Ganić
Ivo Andrić-Lužanski
Ejup Ganić
Ivo Andrić-Lužanski
Prime Minister Edhem Bičakčić
Succeeded by Nikola Grabovac
President of the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Incumbent
Assumed office
4 June 2005
Preceded by Bariša Čolak
Personal details
Born (1956-08-20) 20 August 1956 (age 58)
Mostar, Yugoslavia
(now Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Political party Croatian Democratic Union
Spouse(s) Bernardica Čović
Children Sanja
Daniela
Alma mater University of Mostar
University of Sarajevo
Religion Catholic

Dragan Čović (pronounced [drǎgan t͡ʃǒːʋit͡ɕ]; born 20 August 1956) is a Bosnian Croat politician and leader of the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HDZ BiH) party.

Biography[edit]

Dragan Čović was born in Mostar. He attended elementary school and technical high school of mechanical engineering in Mostar and graduated in 1975. After high school he entered Faculty of Engineering at Džemal Bijedić University in Mostar and graduated in 1979 gaining a title of mechanical engineer. In 1989 he employed in SOKO company in Mostar, where he, from 1980 until 1986 worked in technology and control sections. From 1986 until 1992 he done various manager duties, he was a director of business unit, director of production and vice president for industrialization. Čović gained master's degree in 1989 at Faculty of Engineering also in Mostar, and from 1989 till 1991 he attended studies of management at Faculty of Economy at the University of Sarajevo. From 1992 until 1998 he was general director of SOKO. He gained PhD at University of Mostar in 1996.

From 1994 until 1996 he worked also as senior assistant on subject Economics and organization of production at Faculty of Engineering in Mostar, after which he was named assistant professor on subject Development of production systems. Four years later he gained title of associate professor and in 2004 he was a full professor of the University of Mostar. As of 2002, he is professor at the Faculty of Economy in Mostar and also teaches in regular and postgraduate studies, and as of 2007 he is also professor at the University of Philosophy in Mostar.

Political career[edit]

In 1994, Čović become member of the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HDZ). Two years later, he become member of the cantonal committee of HDZ, and in 1997 he become president of the city committee of HDZ in Mostar. A year later, he become vice president of HDZ and in 2005 he was elected a president.

From 1998 until 2001 Čović was deputy prime minister and minister of finance in the Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

At the general election in 2002 he was elected member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina with 114,606 votes. He was Presidency member until 29 March 2005 when he was removed from office by the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Paddy Ashdown. He was removed because Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina confirmed an indictment for abuse of power and position and Ashdown rated this as athreat to the reputation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In November 2006 Čović was sentenced for 5 years in prison because of the indictment which accused him that he acquitted Lijanović company of paying tax on import of meat. In June Appeal Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina rejected the sentence because of the incompetence of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Again, in 2009, Čović was accused once more, this time because of his decision about expenditure of funds for the purchase of dwellings for certain persons. In April 2010, court acquitted him of guilt. On 14 May 2010, a third indictment for Čović and other six persons was confirmed by the Court of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton (HNC), this time for abuse of power and position. He was accused that he, with other committee members of the Croatian Post and Telecom (HPT) made a decision to transfer the debt of near 4,7 million Convertibile Marks owned to the already non-existing Ministry of Defence of the Croatian Defence Council to three private companies. By the debt collection, those three companies become owners of the shares in Eronet, the most profitable telecommunicational section of the HPT. At the time, Čović was Federal Minister of Finance and president of the Steering Committee of the HPT. Court of the HNC asked that this case be brought in front of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but Supreme Court of the Federation decided that case must be solved in Mostar. In May 2012, Čović was released from guilt.

In May 2011 he become member of the House of Peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina and in February 2012 he was named Chairman of the House of Peoples.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jozo Križanović
Croat Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2002–2005
Succeeded by
Ivo Miro Jović
Preceded by
Mirko Šarović
President of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2003
Succeeded by
Borislav Paravac
Preceded by
Borislav Paravac
President of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Sulejman Tihić
Preceded by
Ognjen Tadić
Chairperson of the House of Peoples
2012–2014
Succeeded by
TBD
Preceded by
Željko Komšić
Croat Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2014–present
Incumbent