Dubravka Šuica

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Dubravka Šuica
Dubravka Suica, 2008.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for Croatia
Assumed office
1 July 2013
Mayor of Dubrovnik
In office
October 2001 – June 2009
Preceded byVido Bogdanović
Succeeded byAndro Vlahušić
Personal details
Born (1957-05-20) 20 May 1957 (age 62)
Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia
Political partyCroatian Democratic Union
Other political
European People's Party
EducationUniversity of Zagreb

Dubravka Šuica (born 20 May 1957) is a Croatian politician who has been a member of the European Parliament since 2013. On 10 September 2019, she has been nominated to take the position of European Commission's Vice President for Democracy and Demography.[1]

A member of the center-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Šuica served two consecutive terms as mayor of Dubrovnik between 2001 and 2009. She was the first female mayor of Dubrovnik and one of the first females mayors of major Croatian cities in modern Croatia. She had been a member of the Croatian Parliament in three terms from 2001 to 2011. Since 2004, she has been elected five times in a row as Vice-President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. She has been elected to the European Parliament in 2013 election and reelected in 2014 and 2019. In October 2012, she was elected Vice-President of the EPP Women's association and in June 2019 Vice-President of the EPP's EU parliament group.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Dubrovnik, graduated from the Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1981, majoring in English and German language.

Early career[edit]

Šuica worked as a high school teacher, university professor and principal in Dubrovnik up until her mayoral election win in 2001.[2]

Political career[edit]

Role in national politics[edit]

Šuica became active in politics in 1990 when she joined HDZ. In 1998 she became head of the party's Dubrovnik branch and she was reelected several times, most recently in March 2012.

Šuica was elected as the member of Croatian parliament on HDZ ticket three times in the 2000, 2003 and 2007. She hold several positions in Croatian parliament Committees.

In 2004, she was elected Vice president of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. She was reelected to that position in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

In May 2012, Šuica was elected vice-president of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ). She is also the president of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee of HDZ.

In October 2012, she was elected vice-president of EPP Women.[3]

Member of the European Parliament, 2013–present[edit]

In the European elections of 2013, Šuica was elected Member of the European Parliament. She was sworn in on 1 July 2013, after Croatia joined the European Union. She was re-elected MEP following European elections of 25 May 2014, placing 2nd on HDZ list.

Following the 2014 elections Šuica was elected as Vice Chair of the Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo (DSEE), Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), and as a Substitute Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) and Delegation for relations with the United States (D-US).[4]


  1. ^ https://glashrvatske.hrt.hr/en/news/politics/dubravka-suica-appointed-as-vice-president-of-ec-for-democracy-and-demography/
  2. ^ "Dubravka Suica". WorldMayor.com. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  3. ^ EPP women
  4. ^ http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/119434/DUBRAVKA_SUICA_home.html

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Neven Mimica
Croatian European Commissioner

Taking office 2019