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Vesna Pusić —Crusader for a European Croatia

European Stability Initiative

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Pusić graduated and received both a Bachelor’s Degree and Ph.D. from the University of Zagreb in sociology. She has served as Deputy Speaker of the Croatian Parliament and Chairwoman of the National Committee for Monitoring the EU Accession Negotiations. After becoming involved in politics in the early 1990s, Ms. Pusić served three consecutive terms as a Member of Parliament, having been elected to the Croatian Parliament in the 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2011 parliament elections. Ms. Pusić is fluent in English and Croatian.

Vision Statement

Media Stakeout following Informal Dialogue


Born March 25, 1953 (age 62) in Zagreb, Croatia, Ms. Pusić has held the following public positions:

Member of Croatian Parliament 2000-2011
Deputy Speaker, Croatian Parliament 2003-2007
Head of National Committee for EU Negotiations (Croatia) 2007-2011
Vice President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (Croatia) 2006-2010
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs (Croatia) 2011-2016
First Deputy Prime Minister (Croatia) 2012-2016
Leader, Croatian People’s Party – Liberal Democrats (Hrvatska narodna stranka – liberalni demokrati) 2000-2008, 2013-present


During her time as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Pusić oversaw Croatia’s accession to the EU in 2013. She has expressed interest in helping the remaining Balkan states of Montenegro, Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Macedonia to join the union.   She has also made efforts to stabilize Croatia’s relationship with neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Climate Change

On July 14, 2015, Ms. Pusić addressed the 3rd International Conference for Financing for Development during the 4th Plenary Meeting to speak on the importance of financing green initiatives.


On November 12, 2015, Ms. Pusić authored an article for Europe’s World in which she discussed Europe’s response to the refugee crisis. She has also addressed the issue in statements from November 11, 2015 and September 17, 2015.

Gender Equality/Women’s Rights

On March 2, 2015, Ms. Pusić participated in the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in which she spoke about violations of women’s rights.


As part of the 70th anniversary of the UN, Ms. Pusić gave a statement that underscored that the UN supports cooperation on sustainable development as a priority of international cooperation.

Human Rights

On March 2, 2015, Ms. Pusić participated in the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in which she spoke about the violations of women’s rights, human rights and violations of freedom of speech in Ukraine. She also addressed the 22nd Session of the Universal Periodic Review to give a review of Croatia’s compliance with human rights standards.

DPM and Foreign Affairs Minster Vesna Pusić participating in the 28th session on the Human Rights Council