February 24, 2016 Biography

Tonino Picula

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


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

Participated in Homeland War




Completed primary and secondary school in Šibenik

Graduated Sociology from the University of Zagreb and became Professor of sociology in 1986


Political career

Vice President of SDP (April - December 2016) 

Member of the European Parliament in two mandates (2013-2019)

Chair of Delegation for Relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (2014-2019)

Vice Chair of Intergroup for Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal areas (2014-2019)

Member of Committee on Foreign Affairs (2013-2019)

In the first and second elections for the Croatian representatives in the European Parliament (2013) elected with the highest number of preferential votes

Croatian Parliament observer in the European Parliament (2012-2013)

Special Coordinator/Leader of the Short term OSCE election observer mission on presidential or parliamentary elections in Moldova (2010), Kazakstan (2011), Russia (2012), Georgia (2012) and Armenia (2013)

Head of the Croatian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean since 2012

Vice president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly since 2011

Rapporteur of the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security of the OSCE (2010-2011)

Head of the Croatian delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (2004-2012)

Elected to the Croatian Parliament in 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2011. Vice-Chair of the Foreign Policy Committee and Member of the Committee on the Constitution, Standing Orders and Political System and of the War Veterans Committee of the Croatian Parliament

Mayor of the City of Velika Gorica from 2005. Re-elected after early elections in 2006. In function until 2009

Member of the SDP Presidency (2008-2012)

Chair of the SDP Croatia Governing Board (2004-2008)

Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia (2000-2003)

Head of the SDP branch in Velika Gorica and member of the Zagreb County Assembly (1997-2000)

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

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

Expert Associate in the Croatian Parliament of culture and the Secretary of the editorial board of "Cultural worker" magazine (1987-1989)




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

Co-founder and member of the Governing Council of the "Wings of Love" from Velika Gorica for the protection of abused and traumatized children (2005-2011)

Member of Croatian Heritage Foundation and the Croatian Sociological Association

Fluent in English. Pasive in Italian and German.

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