Tihomir Oreskovic praises his team as right mix of experts


Croatia’s Prime Minister-Designate Tihomir Oreskovic on Thursday presented ministerial nominees who will seek a vote of confidence from the parliament on Friday, and while introducing his cabinet at a brief news conference, Oreskovic said that the candidates “are high-quality people from the business sector, the academic community and the public sector”.

Oreskovic, whose nickname is Tim, said at the start of the news conference that this would be “Tim’s team”. Before the conference, a list with the names of the candidates was handed out to reporters.

The PM-designate praised his team as “a very healthy and positive mix, full of energy.” Oreskovic also praised the nominees as people “ready for every challenge lying ahead.”

According to the list presented to reporters, the Oreskovic cabinet includes two deputy prime ministers: Tomislav Karamarko of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), who will be the first deputy prime minister, and Bozo Petrov of the Bridge party.

As for the ministerial departments, Zdravko Maric, a former state secretary at the finance ministry and currently an executive at the privately-owned Agrokor food group, will be at the helm of the finance ministry.

Miro Kovac, a diplomat and the HDZ secretary for international relations, will be at the helm of the foreign affairs ministry, while Tomislav Panenic, the head of the eastern municipality of Tompojevci and a Bridge representative, is to run the economy ministry.

Josip Buljevic, who is currently an adviser to President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on defence and security affairs, is the nominee for the defence minister.

Ante Sprlje, a judge from the southern town of Metkovic, is the nominee for the justice ministry and Dubravka Jurlina Alibegovic, an expert at the Institute of Economics in Zagreb, is to head the ministry of public administration.

Although the name of the candidate for the interior minister was left out from the list by mistake, it was later said that this department would be led by Vlaho Orepic, proposed by the Bridge party.

Darko Horvat of the HDZ is to be the new minister for small and medium enterprises and the nominees for the ministers of labour and pension system and transport are HDZ officials Nada Sikic and Oleg Butkovic respectively.

Davor Romic, a former dean of the Agriculture Faculty in Zagreb, is to head the agriculture ministry.

According to the list, the tourism ministry will be headed by Anton Kliman, and the construction and zoning ministry is to be headed by Lovro Kuscevic, both from the HDZ.

Slaven Dobrovic, a professor at the Zagreb Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Bridge representative, is to be at the helm of the ministry of environmental protection.

The nominee for the health minister is Dario Nakic, a former director of the Zadar Hospital, and the nominee for the war veterans’ affairs minister is Mijo Crnoja, a retired colonel.

The science and education ministry is to be run by Predrag Sustar, a professor at the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka, while Zlatko Hasanbegovic, a historian who works at the Ivo Pilar Institute, is the nominee for the culture minister.

The regional development and EU funds ministry is to be led by HDZ official Tomislav Tolusic, who is the head of Virovitica County, and the social welfare and youth ministry is to be led by Bernardica Juretic, a former head of the state office for drug abuse prevention.

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