Bratislav Gašić

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Bratislav Gašić
Братислав Гашић
Bratislav Gasic.jpg
Head of the Security Intelligence Agency
Assumed office
23 May 2017
Prime MinisterAna Brnabić
Preceded byAleksandar Đorđević
Minister of Defense of Serbia
In office
27 April 2014 – 5 February 2016
Prime MinisterAleksandar Vučić
Preceded byNebojša Rodić
Succeeded byDušan Vujović (acting)
Personal details
Born (1967-06-30) 30 June 1967 (age 51)
Kruševac, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Political partySerbian Progressive Party (2008–2017)
Alma materUniversity of Niš
OccupationPolitician

Bratislav Gašić (Serbian Cyrillic: Братислав Гашић, born 30 June 1967) is a Serbian politician. He serves as the head of the Security Intelligence Agency (BIA) from 23 May 2017. He also served as the Minister of Defence of Serbia from 2014 until 2016.

Education and career[edit]

He finished primary and secondary school in Kruševac and the Faculty of Economics within the University of Niš. From 1989, he began entrepreneurship in native country and later worked many years in Greece. During the 1990s he worked in coffee industry, mainly in export-import, and was one of the owners of prominent Serbian brands Grand coffee. During the 2000s, he ran several sports clubs in home city of Kruševac, volleyball and football teams.

2008–17[edit]

He is one of the founders of the Serbian Progressive Party, founded in October 2008. Following the 2012 Serbian parliamentary elections when the Serbian Progressive Party took power, he was named the vice president of the party. Later he was named the president of the Executive Board of Srbijagas in March 2013. From June 2012 until April 2014 he was the mayor of Kruševac. He was elected as the Minister of Defence of Serbia on 27 April 2014 following the 2014 Serbian parliamentary elections. On 5 February 2016, he was sacked from the duty following the public pressure due to his sexual remarks towards B92 TV reporter Zlatija Labović, made on 6 December 2015.[1][2]

2017–present: Head of Security Intelligence Agency[edit]

On 23 May 2017, he was appointed as the head of the Security Intelligence Agency (BIA).[3] Following his appointment, he has suspended his party activities.[4]

In August 2017, an amendments to the Law on the Security and Information Agency, which strengthen the authorities of the agency's director, have arrived in the Serbian Parliament for adoption.[5] This move was condemned by several officials including the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance Rodoljub Šabić and former co-Minister of Internal Affairs of Serbia Božo Prelević.[6] They have stated that these amendments are unconstitutional and thus way creating a platform for "party's intelligence agency" (Serbian Progressive Party), aimed at the opposition and "domestic traitors" who disagree with the ruling regime.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

He is married and has three sons. He speaks English and Greek language. His nickname is Bata Santos, given to him due to business with coffee.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prostakluk ministra Gašića / VIDEO". b92.net (in Serbian). 6 December 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Skupština smenila Bratislava Gašića". b92.net (in Serbian). Tanjug. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  3. ^ Zivanovic, Maja (22 May 2017). "Sacked Minister To Head Serbian Security Agency". balkaninsight.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Gašić zamrznuo stranačke funkcije zbog direktorskog mesta u BIA". Blic.rs (in Serbian). Tanjug, Beta. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Zakon koji jača ovlašćenja direktora BIA stigao u Skupštinu". n1info.com (in Serbian). Tanjug. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Šabić: Izmene Zakona o BIA u suprotnosti sa Ustavom". n1info.com (in Serbian). Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  7. ^ Nikolić, Maja (31 August 2017). "Prelević o BIA: Fokus će biti na unutrašnjem neprijatelju". n1info.com (in Serbian). Retrieved 3 September 2017.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Aleksandar Đorđević
Head of the Security Intelligence Agency
2017–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Nebojša Rodić
Minister of Defense of Serbia
2014–2016
Succeeded by
Dušan Vujović
(acting)
Preceded by
Mayor of Kruševac
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
Vice-president of the Serbian Progressive Party
2012–2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent