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February 24, 2016 Biography

Tonino Picula

Social-Democratic Party - SDP/Socialists and Democrats - S&D

"I have been lucky to intertwine my passion for politics with travel throughout my professional career, while in music and nature I find sanctuary to this day. Notes, which I have been systematically writing for the past 20 years, are constantly inviting me to edit, link and offer them to the public – for both reading and judgement".

Member of the European Parliament in the third term.

Four term representative in the Croatian Parliament.

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia and former mayor of Velika Gorica.

Member of the Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP).


Born on August 31, 1961 in Mali Lošinj.

Lives with his wife Marijana and daughter Petra, has worked in and travelled to almost all member countries of EU and OSCE.

Croatian Homeland War veteran.

 

Education



Completed primary and secondary education in Šibenik.

Graduated Sociology from the University of Zagreb and became sociology professor (MA) in 1986.

 

Political career


2013 – … Member of the European Parliament

• 2019 – today Member of the European Parliament, Parliament’s 9th term

Coordinator of the Socialists and Democrats Group (S&D) at the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.

Member: Committee on Foreign Affairs, Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

Substitute: Committee on Regional Development, Subcommittee on Security and Defence, Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee.

European Parliament standing rapporteur for Montenegro.

• 2014 – 2019 Member of the European Parliament, Parliament's 8th term

Elected with the highest number of preferential votes.

Chair of Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Member: Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Security and Defence, Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

Substitute: Committee on Regional Development, Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee.

Vice-Chair of Intergroup for Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas in charge of islands.

• 2013 – 2014 Member of the European Parliament, 7th term

Elected with the highest number of preferential votes.

Vice-Chair of Delegation for relations withs Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo.

Member: Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Substitute: Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean, Committee on Petitions.

• 2012 – 2013 Croatian Parliament observer in the European Parliament

 

2003 – 2013 Member of the Croatian Parliament

• 2011 – 2013 Member of the Croatian Parliament, 7th term

Vice-President of the Delegation of the Croatian Parliament to the Joint Parliamentary Committee of the Republic of Croatia – EU.

Head of the Croatian Parliamentary Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean.

Member: Foreign Affairs Committee, European Affairs Committee, Committee on the Constitution, Standing Orders and Political System, Interparliamentary Co-operation Committee, Delegation of the Croatian Parliament to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Appointed Special Coordinator and Head of the OSCE election observer missions in Russia (2012), Georgia (2012) and Armenia (2013).

Croatian Parliament observer in the European Parliament.

• 2008 – 2011 Member of the Croatian Parliament, 6th term

Vice-chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Head of the Croatian Parliament Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Member: Committee on the Constitution, Standing Orders and Political System, War Veterans Committee, Interparliamentary Co-operation Committee.

Deputy of Head of Delegation of the Croatian Parliament to the Croatia - EU Joint Parliamentary Committee.

Vice president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly since 2011.

Rapporteur of the OSCE Polling Station Commissions (PSC) Committee on Political and Security Affairs (2010-2011).

Special Coordinator and Head of the OSCE election observer missions on elections in Moldova (2010) and Kazakhstan (2011).

•2003 – 2008 Member of the Croatian Parliament, 5th term

Head of the Croatian Parliament Delegation to the OSCE.

Member: Foreign Affairs Committee, Interparliamentary Co-operation Committee.

• 2000 – 2003 Elected as Member of the Croatian Parliament, 4th term (mandate suspended due to incompatibility with the duty of a Minister of Foreign Affairs in Government of Croatia)

 

2005 – 2009 Mayor of the City of Velika Gorica

Re-elected after early elections in 2006

 

2000 – 2003 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Croatian Goverment

2018 – today Member of the PES Presidency (Party of European Socialists)

1992 – today Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP)

2016    Vice President of SDP

2008 – 2012 Member of the SDP Presidency

2004 – 2008 Chair of SDP Central Committee

1997 – 2000 Head of the SDP branch in Velika Gorica and Councilor in the Zagreb County Assembly

1993 – 2000 Secretary for International Relations of the Social Democratic Party of Croatia

1992 – 1993 Cabinet Secretary of the SDP President - Mr. Ivica Račan

 

Other


 

Secretary of the Croatian Society of Friendship with Bosnia and Herzegovina (1994-2000)

Co-founder and member of the board of directors of the 'Wings of Love' organization from Velika Gorica for protection of abused and traumatized children (2005-2011)

Expert Associate at the Center for the preliminary theoretical work (1989-1990)

Expert Associate for Croatian Cultural Association and Secretary of mag,azine „Kulturni radnik“ (1987-1989)

Member of Matica Hrvatska and the Croatian Sociological Association

Fluent in English. Basic Italian and German.

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