Dragutin Mate

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Dragutin Mate (born 2 May 1963) is a Slovenian diplomat and politician of Croat origins. He was a member of the Slovenian Democratic Party (2008-2016).[1] Between 2004 and 2008 he served as Minister of Interior in the centre-right government led by Janez Janša and between 2011 and 2014, he was a deputy in the National Assembly.


Mate was born in Čakovec, Croatia,[2] (then part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) to Croatian parents.[3] He spent his childhood in the city of Maribor in eastern Slovenia, where his parents moved for professional reasons. He graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana. In 1989 he started working as a high school teacher at the Poljane Grammar School in Ljubljana.

In 1990, after the victory of the Democratic Opposition of Slovenia in the first free elections in Slovenia, he got employed at the Slovenian Ministry of Defence. He became head of the department of Civil Protection at the ministry, later moving to the counter-intelligence section. He participated in the Slovenian Independence War of June 1991. In 1992, he became the main adviser for international cooperation in the Defence Minister's Office. After 1994, he switched to the diplomatic service. Between 1996 and 2000, he served as the Slovenian military attaché in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Between 2000 and 2004 he resumed work at the Ministry of Defence. In 2004 he was appointed as Minister of Interior in the cabinet of Janez Janša. After the victory of the left-wing coalition led by Borut Pahor in the 2008 parliamentary elections, he was replaced by Katarina Kresal.

On 17 February he and two other members were excluded and replaced on the Executive Council (Izvršni odbor) of the SDS due to inactivity.[4] On 21 February 2016 he resigned his membership in the SDS due to "decline of internal democracy" in the party.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rado Bohinc
Minister of the Interior
9 November 2004–24 November 2008
Succeeded by
Katarina Kresal



  1. ^ RTV SLO - Dragutin Mate zaradi "pešanja notranje demokracije v SDS-u" izstopil iz stranke
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-10-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.slovenskenovice.si/novice/slovenija/hrvaski-predniki-vidnih-slovencev
  4. ^ SiOl.net - Dragutina Mateja izključili iz izvršilnega odbora SDS
  5. ^ RTV SLO - Dragutin Mate zaradi "pešanja notranje demokracije v SDS-u" izstopil iz stranke