Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (Croatia)

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Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Ministarstvo vanjskih i europskih poslova
Agency overview
Formed31 May 1990
JurisdictionGovernment of Croatia
HeadquartersTrg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 7–8, Zagreb, Croatia
Employees670 (2015)[1]
Annual budgetDecrease[2] HRK 613 million (2015)[3]
Minister responsible

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia (Croatian: Ministarstvo vanjskih i europskih poslova or MVEP) is the ministry in the Government of Croatia which is responsible for the country's foreign relations, its diplomatic missions and relations to international organisations, especially the European Union.

List of ministers[edit]

Palace of the Ministry on Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square in Zagreb

Foreign affairs ministers[edit]

The 15th and current minister is Gordan Grlić-Radman, in office since 22 July 2019. The longest serving minister was Mate Granić (1993–2000), under Prime Ministers Nikica Valentić and Zlatko Mateša, and the shortest serving was Davorin Rudolf who held the post for three months between May 1991 to July 1991 under Prime Minister Josip Manolić.

Political parties:

  Croatian Democratic Union (13)
  Social Democratic Party (1)
  Croatian People's Party (1)

No. Portrait Minister of Foreign Affairs Took office Left office Time in office Party Cabinet
Zdravko Mršić [hr]
Mršić, ZdravkoZdravko Mršić [hr]
(born 1936)
31 May 19908 November 1990161 daysHDZMesić
Frane Vinko Golem
Golem, Frane VinkoFrane Vinko Golem
8 November 19903 May 1991176 daysHDZManolić
Davorin Rudolf [hr]
Rudolf, DavorinDavorin Rudolf [hr]
(born 1936)
3 May 199131 July 199189 daysHDZManolić
Zvonimir Šeparović
Šeparović, ZvonimirZvonimir Šeparović
31 July 199127 May 1992301 daysHDZGregurić
Zdenko Škrabalo
Škrabalo, ZdenkoZdenko Škrabalo
9 June 199228 May 1993353 daysHDZGregurić
Mate Granić*
Granić, MateMate Granić*
(born 1947)
28 May 199327 January 20006 years, 244 daysHDZValentić
Tonino Picula
Picula, ToninoTonino Picula
(born 1961)
27 January 200022 December 20033 years, 329 daysSDPRačan III
Miomir Žužul
Žužul, MiomirMiomir Žužul
(born 1955)
23 December 200317 February 20051 year, 56 daysHDZSanader I
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
Grabar-Kitarović, KolindaKolinda Grabar-Kitarović
(born 1968)
17 February 200512 January 20082 years, 329 daysHDZSanader I
Gordan Jandroković*
Jandroković, GordanGordan Jandroković*
(born 1967)
13 January 200823 December 20113 years, 344 daysHDZSanader II
Vesna Pusić*[d]
Pusić, VesnaVesna Pusić*[d]
(born 1953)
23 December 201122 January 20164 years, 30 daysHNSMilanović
Miro Kovač
Kovač, MiroMiro Kovač
(born 1968)
22 January 201619 October 2016271 daysHDZOrešković
Davor Ivo Stier*
Stier, Davor IvoDavor Ivo Stier*
(born 1972)
19 October 201619 June 2017243 daysHDZPlenković I
Marija Pejčinović Burić*
Pejčinović Burić, MarijaMarija Pejčinović Burić*
(born 1963)
19 June 201722 July 20192 years, 33 daysHDZPlenković I
Gordan Grlić-Radman
Grlić-Radman, GordanGordan Grlić-Radman
(born 1958)
22 July 2019Incumbent2 years, 306 daysHDZPlenković III
Source: (in Croatian)

(*) Ministers of Foreign Affairs who held the post of Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia while in office.

European integration ministers[edit]

The Ministry for European Integration was a short-lived ministry which was established during Prime Minister Ivica Račan in 2000. It grew out of the Government Office for European Integration and was later merged with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 2005 under Prime Minister Ivo Sanader. The ministry was charged with overseeing the changes to the legislation needed to comply with the community acquis in preparation and during the Accession of Croatia to the European Union.

Political parties:

  Croatian Democratic Union (2)
  Social Democratic Party (1)
  Istrian Democratic Assembly (1)

No. Portrait Minister for European Integration Took office Left office Time in office Party Cabinet
Ljerka Mintas-Hodak*[a]
Mintas-Hodak, LjerkaLjerka Mintas-Hodak*[a]
(born 1952)
3 April 199827 January 20001 year, 299 daysHDZMateša
Ivan Jakovčić[b]
Jakovčić, IvanIvan Jakovčić[b]
(born 1957)
27 January 200021 June 20011 year, 145 daysIDSRačan I
Neven Mimica
Mimica, NevenNeven Mimica
(born 1953)
28 September 200123 December 20032 years, 86 daysSDPRačan III
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović[c]
Grabar-Kitarović, KolindaKolinda Grabar-Kitarović[c]
(born 1968)
23 December 200316 February 20051 year, 55 daysHDZSanader I

(*) Ministers for European Integration who held the post of Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia while in office.


a. ^ Unofficial minister. Mintas-Hodak was head of the Government Office for European Integration (Croatian: Ured za europske integracije) established in 1998.
b. ^ Jakovčić was appointed first head of the newly formed Ministry for European Integration in 2000 in the Cabinet of Ivica Račan I. The ministry was created out of the former Government Office for European Integration.
c. ^ Grabar-Kitarović was appointed European integration minister in 2003 in the Cabinet of Ivo Sanader I. On 16 February 2005 the Ministry for European Integration was merged with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Grabar-Kitarović took over as head of the merged ministry.
d. ^ Pusić was appointed to the post of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, as the ministry was renamed in 2011 in the Cabinet of Zoran Milanović.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Blažević, Robert (2015): Upravna znanost, p. 284. ISBN 9789538034039
    "...(on day 19. February 2015)."
  2. ^ "Naslovna".
  3. ^ "Naslovna".

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Coordinates: 45°48′36″N 15°58′45″E / 45.81000°N 15.97917°E / 45.81000; 15.97917