|Čović at an SDP press conference in June 2006.|
|Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia|
25 January 2001 – 3 March 2004
|Prime Minister||Zoran Đinđić
|Preceded by||Spasoje Krunić|
|Succeeded by||Miroljub Labus|
|Prime Minister of Serbia
12 March 2003 – 16 March 2003
|66th Mayor of Belgrade|
23 June 1994 – 21 February 1997
|Preceded by||Slobodanka Gruden|
|Succeeded by||Zoran Đinđić|
2 July 1958 |
Belgrade, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
|Political party||SPS (1994–1997)
Dem. Alternative (1997–2005)
|Alma mater||University of Belgrade|
Nebojša Čović (Serbian Cyrillic: Небојша Човић; born 2 July 1958) is a Serbian politician, businessman, and sports administrator.
In 1992, as a member of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), 34-year-old Čović started his climb up the political ladder with a position of executive board vice-president in charge of economy and finances at the Belgrade city assembly.
A year later, in 1993, he advanced to the position of the city government president. In 1994 he got elected as the Mayor of Belgrade. In parallel, Čović was the SPS deputy (MP) in the Serbian National Assembly.
Čović got sacked from the mayoral post in mid January 1997 by the Serbian president and SPS party leader Slobodan Milošević amid the months-long protests in Serbia over the November 1996 municipal elections fraud. He was expelled from SPS on the same occasion as well.
From 24 October 2000 to 25 January 2001 he was a member of the trio Co-Prime Ministers together with Milomir Minić from SPS and Spasoje Krunić from the Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) that transitionally governed Serbia after the Bulldozer Revolution, when Mirko Marjanović was sacked.
Sports administration career
FMP Železnik (1991-2011)
In 1991 Čović became involved with Serbian basketball club KK ILR Železnik, which was at the time a dormant sports collective for the workers of Ivo Lola Ribar metallurgical factory. The club had essentially been inactive since 1986. Čović revived it under the auspices of his private metal products factory Fabrika metalnih proizvoda AD and renamed it FMP Železnik. Under his guidance and ownership, the club grew into one of the top teams in Serbia and FR Yugoslavia, developing a reputation for fine work with the younger categories and player development.
By 1993, the club built its own basketball facility — the 2,000-seat Železnik Hall that served as its home arena form then on. Climbing rapidly up the basketball pyramid in FR Yugoslavia, FMP began the 1994-95 season in the Second Federal League, winning promotion to the country's top basketball competition for the following 1995-96 season.
In 1998, Čović brought former Yugoslav national team player Ratko Radovanović on board as the club's sporting director. Radovanović soon became synonymous with the emerging club, making player personnel decisions and running its day-to-day operations.
Yugoslav Basketball Federation (1995-1997)
In 1995, while simultaneously performing the city of Belgrade mayoral job, in addition to the Serbian National Assembly MP duties, Čović became the president of the Yugoslav Basketball Federation (KSJ), succeeding Veselin "Vesko" Barović in the job. In addition to Čović's political connections through SPS, the rapid success of his club FMP Železnik that was about to start competing in the country's top league that season after multiple promotions was the best possible recommendation for the job. At the moment Čović came on board to lead the federation, FR Yugoslavia national team led by Duda Ivković were the reigning European champions, having returned to international competition following a four-year exile due to the UN embargo.
Ivković soon stepped down and his assistant Željko Obradović took over the national team head coaching job. The national team had a great run at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, reaching the final against the American Dream Team composed of NBA players.
In early 1997, soon after Čović's fall from grace in SPS, he was removed from the KSJ job as well.
- Milosevic sacks mayors of Belgrade and Nis, CNN, January 14, 1997
- Nebojsa Covic, president of the Democratic Alternative and former mayor of Belgrade: Ms. Mira Markovic Annulled November 1996 Elections, EX-YU Press, November 21, 1998
- Covic to stay at Kosovo Coordination Centre, B92, February 26, 2004
- Serbian PM shot dead, CNN, March 12, 2003
- Povratak u politiku (in Serbian)
- Politička scena bez Liberala Srbije, SDP-a i SLS-a (in Serbian)
|Mayor of Belgrade
1994 – 1997
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