Ljubo Jurčić (pronounced [ʎǔːbɔ jûːrtʃitɕ]; born March 20, 1954) is a Croatian economist, current president of the Croatian Association of Economists since 2006 and former Croatian Minister of the Economy (2002–2003).
Ljubo Jurčić is a Bosnian Croat born in the village of Ružići, near Grude, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia. Three of his uncles died in World War II, including one Maksimilijan Jurčić, a Franciscan friar who was killed by Yugoslav Partisans in 1945. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Zagreb and became a doctor of economic science.
Although he was not a member of the ruling Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP) party, he was closely aligned with them as a non-partisan economic expert. As head of SDP's Council for Economy and Development, Jurčić formulated SDP's economic strategy that would be implemented should the party win the 2007 elections. The Social Democrats' Main Committee, following a proposal by party chairman Zoran Milanović, named Jurčić as SDP's candidate for the office of Prime Minister.
On November 30, 2007, this decision was reverted, with the election still running, and he was substituted with Zoran Milanović.
Ljubo Jurčić remained in SDP ranks while still showing his definite non-partisan attitude by publicly defending singer Marko Perković Thompson from accusations that have arose after his successful May 2008 concert in Ban Jelačić Square. At the same time, he has published in and is a member of the editorial board of the left-wing magazine Novi Plamen.
In May 2011, Jurčić left SDP and became an independent representative in the Parliament. In September 2011, Jurčić announced that his new party Croatian Economic Initiative (Hrvatska ekonomska inicijativa), would enter into a pre-election coalition with the Bloc Pensioners Together (Blok Umirovljenici zajedno). On October 6, 2011, he signed a formal pre-election coalition agreement with the representatives of the Party of Pensioners and the Alliance of Primorje-Gorski Kotar. By November, they named their coalition "Znati kako" and extended it to include another small party, the Croatian Labour Party. Their election lists failed to enter the parliament.
- "Organizacijska struktura" (in Croatian). Hrvatsko društvo ekonomista. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- "Ljubo Jurčić u misiji povezivanja ekonomista biznisa i politike". Poslovni dnevnik (in Croatian). 2006-04-14.
- "Vlada Republike Hrvatske - kronologija - Vlada: 8" (in Croatian). Croatian Information-Documentation Referral Agency. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- "Ljubo Jurčić o partizanskom zločinu: Moja obitelj zbog straha dugo nije govorila o ujakovoj likvidaciji" (in Croatian). 2009-11-08. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- "Jurčić umirovljenicima nudi recept za 10 posto više mirovine" [Jurčić offers retired persons a recipe for 10 percent increase of income]. Vjesnik (in Croatian). 2011-05-25. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- "Milanović želi biti šef Sabora, Jurčić premijer". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- "Preokret u SDP-u: Milanović mijenja Jurčića!". Business.hr (in Croatian). 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- "Neke više smeta hrvatska zastava nego sam Thompson" (in Croatian). Javno.com. 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- "O Novom Plamenu (About Novi Plamen)". Novi Plamen. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
- "Ivo Josipović je kandidat SDP-a za predsjednika RH" (in Croatian). Nova TV. 2009-07-13. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- "Ljubo Jurčić napušta SDP! O odlasku nije obavijestio Milanovića". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- "Jurčić s Blokom umirovljenika cilja na mjesto u Vladi". Večernji list (in Croatian). 2011-09-03. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- Ljubo Jurčić, SU i PGS zajedno na izbore, Nova TV, 2011-10-06, accessed 2011-11-26
- "Ljubo Jurčić: Moj koncept države je država blagostanja, a ne neoliberalistička država". Novi list (in Croatian). 2011-11-12. Retrieved 2011-11-14.