Marija Pejčinović Burić

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Marija Pejčinović Burić
Marija Pejčinović Burić May 2017 (34176271013).jpg
Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Designate
Assuming office
18 September 2019
SucceedingThorbjørn Jagland
First Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia
In office
19 June 2017 – 19 July 2019
Prime MinisterAndrej Plenković
Preceded byDavor Ivo Stier
Succeeded byDavor Božinović
14th Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
In office
19 June 2017 – 19 July 2019
Prime MinisterAndrej Plenković
Preceded byDavor Ivo Stier
Succeeded byGordan Grlić-Radman
President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
In office
18 May 2018 – 21 November 2018
Preceded byAnders Samuelsen
Succeeded byTimo Soini
Personal details
Born (1963-04-09) 9 April 1963 (age 56)
Mostar, Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Political partyCroatian Democratic Union
EducationUniversity of Zagreb

Marija Pejčinović Burić (pronounced [mǎrija pejt͡ʃǐːnoʋit͜ɕ bûrit͜ɕ]; born 9 April 1963)[1] is a Croatian politician of the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union party who has worked as the 14th Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia and Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia (alongside Martina Dalić, Damir Krstičević and Predrag Štromar) from 19 June 2017 to 19 July 2019. She is the third woman to hold the post of foreign minister, following Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and Vesna Pusić. Pejčinović Burić previously served as a Member of Parliament during its Sixth Assembly (2008–2011), representing the 6th electoral district.

On 26 June 2019, she was elected as the 14th Secretary General of the Council of Europe, defeating Belgium's foreign minister Didier Reynders by 159 votes to 105. Pejčinović Burić will succeed the incumbent Secretary General since 2009, Thorbjørn Jagland of Norway, on 18 September 2019.

Education and early career[edit]

Pejčinović Burić graduated in Economics from the University of Zagreb in 1985.[2]

After graduating, Pejčinović Burić worked as a trade expert associate for Končar Inženjering in Zagreb between 1988 and 1991. In 1991 she was appointed Secretary General of the Europe House Zagreb and Deputy Secretary General of the European Movement Croatia. In 1994 she obtained a Master of Science in European Studies from the College of Europe[2] (campus Natolin), after which she went back to work for Končar Inženjering. In 1997 she was appointed director of corporate communications for the Zagreb-based pharma company Pliva.

Political career[edit]

Career in the public sector[edit]

In 2000 Pejčinović Burić was appointed Assistant Minister at Croatia's Ministry of European Integration. In 2001 she was included in the negotiating team for the EU-Croatia Stabilisation and Association Agreement. From 2003 onwards she worked as lecturer on European integration at the seminars of the Croatian Diplomatic Academy.

In 2004 Pejčinović Burić was appointed State Secretary at the Ministry of European Integration and the following year as State Secretary for European Integration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, both under the leadership of minister Miomir Žužul in the government of Prime Minister Ivo Sanader. She served as National Coordinator for Instrument for Structural Policies for Pre-Accession (ISPA) programs (2004-2006), National Coordinator for Assistance Programmes and Co-operation with the EU as well as member of the working group on the free movement of capital of Croatia's EU accession negotiations (2005-2006). From 2006 Pejčinović Burić was member of Croatia's EU accession negotiations team, and negotiator for the acquis chapters on External Relations, Foreign, Security and Defence Policy, Institutions and Other Issues, as well as chairperson for Croatia in the EU-Croatia Stabilisation and Association Committee and chairperson of the Croatia - Baden-Württemberg Mixed Commission (2006-2008).

Member of Parliament, 2008–2011[edit]

In 2008 Pejčinović Burić was elected to the Parliament of Croatia for the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party, representing the 6th electoral district. She held the parliamentary seat until the 2011 elections. During her time in parliament, she served on the Committee on European Integration and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. In addition to her committee assignments, she was a member of the Croatian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and chaired the Croatian – USA Parliamentary Friendship Group.

From 2012 until 2013 Pejčinović Burić lectured on the Lisbon Treaty at the seminars of Croatia's State School for Public Administration. From 2013, she worked for a few years as private consultant on EU, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and bilaterally funded projects in the candidate and potential candidate countries, as well as in European Neighbourhood countries. She also provided consultancies on European integration for the Government of Serbia.

On 17 November 2016, Pejčinović Burić came back into service as State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, under the leadership of minister Davor Ivo Stier in the government of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, 2017–present[edit]

In June 2017 Pejčinović Burić was appointed by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic as new Foreign Affairs Minister of Croatia, replacing Davor Ivo Stier after his resignation. In this capacity, she served as chairwoman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for a six-month term in 2018. From 2017 until 2019, she also co-chaired the European People's Party (EPP) trade ministers meetings alongside Jyrki Katainen, vice-president of the European Commission.[3]

In 2019, Pejčinović Burić announced her candidacy to succeed Thorbjørn Jagland as Secretary General of the Council of Europe.[4]

Secretary General of the Council of Europe[edit]

On 26 June 2019, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted to select the organization's 14th Secretary General, with the candidates being foreign minister Pejčinović Burić and her Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders. Pejčinović Burić went on to defeat Reynders by 159 votes to 105. She will be formally sworn in on 18 September 2019.

Other activities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pejčinović Burić, Marija". www.sabor.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c http://www.mvep.hr/hr/ministarstvo/ministrica/zivotopis-ministra/
  3. ^ Party, EPP - European People's. "Ministerial Meetings". EPP - European People's Party. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  4. ^ Election of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe: Candidatures received Council of Europe, press release of January 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "CEPS Board". CEPS. 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
Political offices
Preceded by
Davor Ivo Stier
First Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia
2017–present
Succeeded by
TBD
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
2017–present
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Thorbjørn Jagland
Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Designate

Taking office 2019
Incumbent