Dubravka Šuica

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Dubravka Šuica
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Member of the European Parliament
for Croatia
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 July 2013
Mayor of Dubrovnik
In office
October 2001 – June 2009
Preceded by Vido Bogdanović
Succeeded by Andro Vlahušić
Personal details
Born (1957-05-20) 20 May 1957 (age 57)
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Political party Croatian Democratic Union
Alma mater University of Zagreb
(Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Religion Roman Catholic

Dubravka Šuica (born 20 May 1957) is a Croatian politician, member of the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and member of parliament. She served two consecutive terms as mayor of Dubrovnik between 2001 and 2009. In 2013, she was elected as a Member of the European Parliament and in 2014, she was reelected and is currently serving a five-year term in office.

Born in Dubrovnik, Šuica graduated from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1981, where she majored in English and German language. She worked as a high school teacher, university professor and principal in Dubrovnik up until her mayoral election win in 2001.[1] She won another four-year mayoral term in 2005. She was the first female mayor of Dubrovnik in history.

She became active in politics in 1990 when she joined HDZ. In 1998 she became head of the party's Dubrovnik branch and she was reelected several times, most recently in March 2012.

Dubravka Šuica was elected as the member of Croatian parliament on HDZ ticket three times in the 2000, 2003 and 2007. She hold several positions in Croatian parliament Committees.

In 2004. she was elected Vice president of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. She was reelected to that position in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

In May 2012. Dubravka Šuica was elected vice-president of Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ). She is also the president of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee of HDZ.

In October 2012. she was elected vice-president of EPP Women.

In the European elections of 2013, she was elected Member of the European Parliament. She was sworn in on 1 July 2013, after Croatia joined the European Union. In 2014 she was once again elected and in July 2014 she was elected as a Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) and as a Substitute Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM).[2]

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