Boris Šprem

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Boris Šprem
Boris Sprem Zagreb 15012012 2.jpg
Speaker of the Croatian Parliament
In office
22 December 2011 – 30 September 2012
Preceded by Luka Bebić
Succeeded by Josip Leko
Personal details
Born (1956-04-14)14 April 1956
Koprivnički Bregi, SR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
(now Croatia)
Died 30 September 2012(2012-09-30) (aged 56)
Houston, Texas, United States
Resting place Mirogoj cemetery, Zagreb
Nationality Croat
Political party Social Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Zagreb
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Boris Šprem (14 April 1956 – 30 September 2012) was a Croatian politician who was Speaker of the Croatian Parliament from 2011 to 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Šprem was born in Koprivnica, FPR Yugoslavia on 14 April 1956.[1] He studied law at the University of Zagreb.[1]

Political career[edit]

Šprem served as Chief of Staff of the Office of the President of the Republic from 2005 to 2007, during the second term of Stjepan Mesić, and he was the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament from 2011 to 2012. Šprem also served as the president of the city council of Zagreb and was a member of parliament of Social Democratic Party (SDP).[2][3] His term as Speaker began on 22 December 2011 after SDP won the 2011 general election.[3]

Death and funeral[edit]

Šprem was first diagnosed with cancer in 2010.[2] In June 2012, Šprem underwent surgery at the Zagreb Clinical Centre due to the recurrence of multiple myeloma lesions.[3] He went to Houston for further treatment on 23 August 2012.[4]

He died on 30 September 2012 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, USA, where he had been undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma.[5] He is the first Speaker of the Croatian Parliament to die in office. He was succeeded in an acting capacity by his deputy Josip Leko, who had been acting Speaker since Šprem left for the USA in 2012. Leko was later also elected as the 9th Speaker of Parliament, on 10 October 2012.

Šprem's remains arrived in Zagreb on a regular flight from Frankfurt, Germany, on 3 October. On 4 October the mourning began with a ceremonial session of the Parliament, with Šprem's family, as well as former Prime Ministers, Ministers, Parliament members and key religious figures attending. Prime Minister Zoran Milanović and Šprem's mother, son and wife then went to Mirogoj Cemetery, as part of a procession, where the last respects were paid. A gun salute was then given by members of the Croatian Armed Forces.[6]

Although he was an atheist during the most of his life, during his sickness he turned into religious Catholic. He requested last rite and to be buried with Catholic rite.[7][8] Boris Šprem was posthumously honoured with the Grand Order of Queen Jelena with Sash and Morning Star medal (Velered kraljice Jelene s lentom i danicom) by the President of the Republic of Croatia Ivo Josipović.


A day of national mourning was declared following the death of Šprem in Croatia.[9] On 1 October 2012, European Parliament President Martin Schulz issued a statement on Šprem's death, sending his condolences to his family, friends and the Croatian nation.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Boris Sprem". Global Leadership Project. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Croatia's Parliament Speaker Sprem dies of cancer". Euronews. Zagreb. Reuters. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Croatian Parliament speaker Boris Sprem die". Daily Tportal. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Boris Sprems condition deteriorated - transferred to intensive care". Dalje. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Croatian Parliament speaker Boris Sprem dies in Houston". Dalje. Zagreb. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Parliament speaker Boris Sprem buried". Dailyt Portal. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
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  9. ^ "Day of mourning on Thursday for Boris Sprem". Croatian Times. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Schulz on death of Croatian parliament speaker Boris Sprem" (Press Release). Brussels: European Parliament. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013.