Tonino Picula

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Tonino Picula
Tonino Picula MEP.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for Croatia
Assumed office
1 July 2013
Observer of the European Parliament

for Croatia

In office
1 April 2012 – 1 July 2013
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
27 January 2000 – 22 December 2003
Prime Minister Ivica Račan
Preceded by Mate Granić
Succeeded by Miomir Žužul
Personal details
Born (1961-08-31) 31 August 1961 (age 53)
Mali Lošinj, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Political party Social Democratic Party of Croatia
Alma mater University of Zagreb
(Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Tonino Picula (born 31 August 1961) is a Croatian politician who currently serves his second term as a Croatian Member of the European Parliament.

He served as a Croatian Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2000 to 2003.

Picula is a member of the centre-left Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP).


Early life[edit]

Picula was born in Mali Lošinj and completed both primary and secondary education at Šibenik. He graduated sociology at Zagreb's University. He is a long-time member of the SDP and was the party's Secretary of international relations from 1993 to 2000. He also led the SDP branch in Velika Gorica from 1997 to 2000. He has been member of the Croatian Parliament for several mandates.

Minister of Foreign Affairs[edit]

After the year 2000 elections in which SDP, under Ivica Račan, won in a broad coalision, he was appointed to be Foreign Minister until the end of the governments mandate in 2003. During his term in office, Croatia had several important foreign-relation successes, including becoming a candidate for NATO and the European Union and joining World Trade Organization. He signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement, as the representative of Croatia, and submitted the country's application for membership in the EU.

Later biography[edit]

During local elections in 2005, he was elected mayor of Velika Gorica. After Ivica Račan died in mid-2007, Picula ran to succeed him as president, but lost during the first round of elections to Zoran Milanović and Željka Antunović.

Member of the European Parliament[edit]

On 1 April 2012, Picula was appointed by the Sabor to be an (euro-)observer in the European Parliament. He became a member of the Committee for Foreign Affairs. As a SDP member, he joined the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D). He was elected as full euro-deputy in the European election of 14 April 2013, listed first on the SDP coalition list. On 1 July 2013, after Croatia joined the European Union, Picula took office as a full Member of the European Parliament (MEP). He was re-elected as MEP in the European election of 25 May 2014, listed third on the Kukuriku coalition list.


Political offices
Preceded by
Mate Granić
0000Minister of Foreign Affairs0000
Succeeded by
Miomir Žužul
Preceded by
Franjo Sever
0Mayor of Velika Gorica0
Succeeded by
Dražen Barišić