Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia

Vice President of the Government of Croatia
Potpredsjednik/ Potpredsjednica Vlade Republike Hrvatske
Coat of arms of Croatia.svg
Incumbent
Davor Božinović, Damir Krstičević, Zdravko Marić and Predrag Štromar

since 
19 July 2019 (Božinović)
19 October 2016 (Krstičević)
19 July 2019 (Marić)
9 June 2017 (Štromar)
Appointer Prime Minister of Croatia
Term length At the pleasure of the Prime Minister and the parliamentary majority
Inaugural holder Bernardo Jurlina, Mate Babić and Milan Ramljak
Formation 31 May 1990
Website www.vlada.hr

The Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia (officially the Vice President of the Government of the Republic of Croatia (Croatian: Potpredsjednik/ Potpredsjednica Vlade Republike Hrvatske)), is the official deputy of the Prime Minister of Croatia. Article 109 of the Constitution of Croatia states that the cabinet is to be made up of the Prime Minister, one or more Deputy Prime Ministers and other cabinet ministers. According to convention, if the governing parliamentary majority is a coalition of parties, all junior partners in the coalition will usually be given one Deputy Prime Minister in the cabinet, with their rank usually being determined by the number of MPs the party has in Parliament. The Deputy Prime Ministers are permitted to simultaneously hold a ministerial portfolio while in office, but may also serve without holding such a portfolio.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia is not the constitutional successor of the Prime Minister and will not automatically assume the post of Prime Minister in the event of a vacancy. However, the Deputy Prime Minister may chair cabinet meetings in the event of the Prime Minister becoming temporarily incapacitated or otherwise unable to chair the meetings of his or her government cabinet.

History of the office

The office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia was established on 31 May 1990, during the government of Stjepan Mesić. It was initially held by three people: Bernardo Jurlina, Mate Babić and Milan Ramljak. Since then 47 individuals have held the office, usually holding it simultaneously with several other people (e.g. the government of Jadranka Kosor at one point had six Deputy Prime Ministers). In addition, Deputy Prime Ministers may choose to combine their post with another government portfolio.

The current cabinet (in office since 19 October 2016) has four Deputy Prime Ministers: Damir Krstičević (since 2016), Marija Pejčinović Burić (since 2017), Predrag Štromar (since 2017) and Tomislav Tolušić (since 2018). Krstičević, Pejčinović Burić and Tolušić are members of the conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party, which is the larger partner in the ruling coalition, while Štromar is a member of the center-left Croatian People's Party-Liberal Democrats (HNS), which is the junior partner. Previously Ivan Kovačić (Most), Davor Ivo Stier (HDZ) and Martina Dalić (HDZ) also served as Deputy Prime Ministers in the Plenković cabinet at some point.

List of Deputy Prime Ministers

Parties

  Croatian Democratic Union (30)
  Social Democratic Party (7)
  Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats (4)
  Croatian Social Liberal Party (3)
  Croatian Peasant Party (2)
  Bridge of Independent Lists (2)
  Independent Democratic Serb Party (1)
  Independent (1)

Note

Cabinet of Stjepan Mesić (1990)

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
No image.png Bernardo Jurlina
(1949–)
31 May 1990 24 August 1990 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Mate Babić
(1939–)
31 May 1990 24 August 1990 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Milan Ramljak
(1938–)
31 May 1990 24 August 1990 Croatian Democratic Union

Cabinet of Josip Manolić (1990–1991)

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
No image.png Bernardo Jurlina
(1949–)
24 August 1990 4 March 1991 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Mate Babić
(1939–)
24 August 1990 8 November 1990 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Milan Ramljak
(1938–)
24 August 1990 17 July 1991 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Franjo Gregurić
(1939–)
8 November 1990 17 July 1991 Croatian Democratic Union

Cabinet of Franjo Gregurić (1991–1992)

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
No image.png Milan Ramljak
(1938–)
17 July 1991 12 August 1992 Croatian Democratic Union
Mate Granic N d 060509.jpg Mate Granić
(1947–)
31 July 1991 12 August 1992 Croatian Democratic Union
Zdravko Tomac Krk 06092013 7 roberta f.jpg Zdravko Tomac
(1937–)
31 July 1991 26 June 1992 Social Democratic Party
No image.png Jurica Pavelić
(1947–)
15 November 1991 12 August 1992 Croatian Democratic Union

Cabinet of Hrvoje Šarinić (1992–1993)

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
Mate Granic N d 060509.jpg Mate Granić
(1947–)
12 August 1992 3 April 1993 Croatian Democratic Union
Vladimir Šeks 2009.JPG Vladimir Šeks
(1943–)
12 August 1992 3 April 1993 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Darko Čargonja
(1965–)
12 August 1992 29 December 1992 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Ivan Milas
(1939–2011)
27 August 1992 3 April 1993 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Mladen Vedriš
(1950–)
29 December 1992 3 April 1993 Croatian Democratic Union

Cabinet of Nikica Valentić (1993–1995)

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
Mate Granic N d 060509.jpg Mate Granić
(1947–)
3 April 1993 7 November 1995 Croatian Democratic Union
Vladimir Šeks 2009.JPG Vladimir Šeks
(1943–)
3 April 1993 20 September 1994 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Borislav Škegro
(1955–)
3 April 1993 7 November 1995 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Ivica Kostović
(1943–)
12 October 1993 7 November 1995 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Jure Radić
(1953–)
18 October 1994 7 November 1995 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Bosiljko Mišetić
(1945–)
11 May 1995 7 November 1995 Croatian Democratic Union

Cabinet of Zlatko Mateša (1995–2000)

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
No image.png Borislav Škegro
(1955–)
7 November 1995 27 January 2000 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Ivica Kostović
(1943–)
7 November 1995 14 October 1998 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Jure Radić
(1953–)
7 November 1995 27 January 2000 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Ljerka Mintas-Hodak
(1952–)
7 November 1995 27 January 2000 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Milan Ramljak
(1938–)
14 May 1998 13 April 1999 Croatian Democratic Union

First and Second cabinet of Ivica Račan (2000–2003)

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
No image.png Goran Granić
(1950–)
27 January 2000 21 March 2002 Croatian Social Liberal Party
20 obljetnica osnivanja OS RH Zeljka Antunovic 26052011.jpg Željka Antunović
(1955–)
27 January 2000 23 December 2003 Social Democratic Party
S linic.jpg Slavko Linić
(1949–)
27 January 2000 23 December 2003 Social Democratic Party
Pd croatian drazen budisa 9Feb02 932.jpg Dražen Budiša
(1948–)
21 March 2002 30 July 2002 Croatian Social Liberal Party
No image.png Goran Granić
(1950–)
30 July 2002 23 December 2003 Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats
No image.png Ante Simonić
(1949–)
30 July 2002 23 December 2003 Croatian Peasant Party

First and Second cabinet of Ivo Sanader (2003–2009)

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
Jadranka Kosor Prime Minister.jpg Jadranka Kosor
(1953–)
23 December 2003 6 July 2009 Croatian Democratic Union
Andrija Hebrang (son).jpg Andrija Hebrang
(1946–)
23 December 2003 15 February 2005 Croatian Democratic Union
Damir Polančec.jpg Damir Polančec
(1967–)
17 February 2005 6 July 2009 Croatian Democratic Union
Đurđa Adlešič 25-06-09.jpg Đurđa Adlešič
(1960–)
12 January 2008 6 July 2009 Croatian Social Liberal Party
Slobodan Uzelac 25-06-09.jpg Slobodan Uzelac
(1947–)
12 January 2008 6 July 2009 Independent Democratic Serb Party

Cabinet of Jadranka Kosor (2009–2011)

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
Damir Polančec.jpg Damir Polančec
(1967–)
6 July 2009 30 October 2009 Croatian Democratic Union
Đurđa Adlešič 25-06-09.jpg Đurđa Adlešič
(1960–)
6 July 2009 12 October 2010 Croatian Social Liberal Party
Slobodan Uzelac 25-06-09.jpg Slobodan Uzelac
(1947–)
6 July 2009 23 December 2011 Independent Democratic Serb Party
Dan OSRH Bozidar Pankretic 28052011 2.jpg Božidar Pankretić
(1964–)
6 July 2009 23 December 2011 Croatian Peasant Party
Ivan Šuker.jpg Ivan Šuker
(1957–)
19 November 2009 29 December 2010 Croatian Democratic Union
16 obljetnica vojnoredarstvene operacije Oluja Darko Milinovic 05082011 342.jpg Darko Milinović
(1963–)
19 November 2009 23 December 2011 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Domagoj Ivan Milošević
(1970–)
29 December 2010 23 December 2011 Croatian Democratic Union
Petar Čobanković 25-06-09.jpg Petar Čobanković
(1957–)
29 December 2010 23 December 2011 Croatian Democratic Union
Gordan Jandroković 25-06-09.jpg Gordan Jandroković
(1967–)
29 December 2010 23 December 2011 Croatian Democratic Union

Cabinet of Zoran Milanović (2011–2016)

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
R cacic.jpg Radimir Čačić
(1949–)
23 December 2011 14 November 2012 Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats
N mimica.jpg Neven Mimica
(1953–)
23 December 2011 1 July 2013[1] Social Democratic Party
B grcic.jpg Branko Grčić
(1964–)
23 December 2011 22 January 2016 Social Democratic Party
M opacic.jpg Milanka Opačić
(1968–)
23 December 2011 22 January 2016 Social Democratic Party
V pusic.jpg Vesna Pusić
(1953–)
16 November 2012 22 January 2016 Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats
R ostojic.jpg Ranko Ostojić
(1962–)
15 July 2013 22 January 2016 Social Democratic Party

Cabinet of Tihomir Orešković (2016)

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
20 obljetnica osnutka SJP Alfa Zagreb Tomislav Karamarko 03092011 304.jpg Tomislav Karamarko
(1959–)
22 January 2016 15 June 2016 Croatian Democratic Union
BozoPetrov.jpg Božo Petrov
(1979–)
22 January 2016 19 October 2016 Bridge of Independent Lists

Cabinet of Andrej Plenković (2016–present)

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
No image.png Ivan Kovačić
(1974–)
19 October 2016 28 April 2017 Bridge of Independent Lists
Davor Ivo Stier February 2017 (32903349825).jpg Davor Ivo Stier
(1972–)
19 October 2016 19 June 2017 Croatian Democratic Union
20 obljetnica osnutka SJP Alfa Zagreb Damir Krsticevic 03092011 285.jpg Damir Krstičević
(1969–)
19 October 2016 Incumbent Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Martina Dalić
(1967–)
19 October 2016 14 May 2018 Croatian Democratic Union
No image.png Predrag Štromar
(1969–)
9 June 2017 Incumbent Croatian People's Party-Liberal Democrats
Marija Pejčinović Burić May 2017 (34176271013).jpg Marija Pejčinović Burić
(1963–)
19 June 2017 19 July 2019 Croatian Democratic Union
TomislavTolusic final.jpg Tomislav Tolušić
(1979–)
25 May 2018 17 July 2019 Croatian Democratic Union
ZdravkoMaric final.jpg Zdravko Marić
(1977–)
19 July 2019 Incumbent Independent
20 obljetnica osnivanja OS RH Davor Bozinovic 26052011 2.jpg Davor Božinović
(1961–)
19 July 2019 Incumbent Croatian Democratic Union

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