|Minister of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship|
12 January 2008 – 30 October 2009
|Prime Minister||Ivo Sanader|
|Preceded by||Branko Vukelić|
|Succeeded by||Đuro Popijač|
|Deputy Prime Minister|
17 February 2005 – 30 October 2009
|Preceded by||Andrija Hebrang|
|Succeeded by||Ivan Šuker|
25 June 1967 |
Koprivnica, SFR Yugoslavia
|Political party||Croatian Democratic Union|
|Alma mater||University of Zagreb
(Faculty of Agronomy)
Damir Polančec[pronunciation?] (born 25 June 1967) is a Croatian politician. Polančec served as the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship in the Croatian Government of Ivo Sanader and later Jadranka Kosor between 2003 and 2009.
On 30 October 2009, Polančec resigned citing a need to avoid damaging the Government and the party (Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ) due to accusations leveled at him for his involvement in the mismanagement of Podravka.
On 30 March 2010, Polančec was apprehended by the police and questioned by USKOK, regarding his involvement in certain financial transactions between Podravka, MOL Group and OTP Bank. The County Court in Zagreb authorized a longer detention for Polančec and also blocked his estates, at the request of USKOK.
On 15 October 2010, Polančec was sentenced to 15 months in prison for a separate instance of abuse of power, where he approved a fictional expense to a Vukovar-based attorney in return for his clients dropping lawsuits against the government.
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- "Polančecu blokirana imovina radi osiguranja naknade moguće štete". Večernji list (in Croatian). 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
- "Former Croatian PM arrested in Austria". Financial Times. 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
- "4 steps to taking down the HDZ". Nacional. No. 775. 2010-09-21. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
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