|Member of the European Parliament|
|Assumed office |
1 July 2013
|Mayor of Dubrovnik|
October 2001 – June 2009
|Preceded by||Vido Bogdanović|
|Succeeded by||Andro Vlahušić|
|Born||20 May 1957|
|Political party||Croatian Democratic Union|
|European People's Party|
|Education||University 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.
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
Born in Dubrovnik, graduated from the Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1981, majoring in English and German language.
Šuica worked as a high school teacher, university professor and principal in Dubrovnik up until her mayoral election win in 2001.
Role in national politics
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.
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.
Member of the European Parliament, 2013–present
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).
-  European Parliament MEP profile
- World Mayor profile
- Profile at the Croatian Parliament website (in Croatian)
- * Personal webpage
| Croatian European Commissioner
Taking office 2019