Who are the members of the new Serbian government?

The Serbian Parliament voted into office a new government yesterday. Prime Minister Miloš Vučević’s government got backing in a 152 to 61 vote in the 250-member parliament. The remaining 37 MPs were absent.

Here are the new government members:

  1. Miloš Vučević – Prime Minister

Vučević has been elected as the Prime Minister of Serbia for the first time. In the previous convocation of the Government, he held the position of Deputy PM and Defence Minister. Vučević was elected mayor of Novi Sad in September 2012. After the local elections in 2016, he was elected mayor of Novi Sad for the second consecutive term and in 2020, he was elected mayor for the third time, for the first time in the history of the city. Vučević became the vice president of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) in 2021 and in 2023, he was elected president of that party. Vučević is a lawyer by profession. He is married and has two children.

  1. Siniša Mali – First Deputy PM and Finance Minister

Minister of Finance and Vice President of SNS has a master’s degree from the Faculty of Economics and a master’s degree in business from Washington University. Siniša Mali was also the mayor of Belgrade from 2014 to 2018, and before that, he was an economic and financial advisor in the government of the then Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić.

  1. Ivica Dačić – Deputy PM and Interior Minister

President of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), Ivica Dačić, was Prime Minister, then Foreign Minister in the Vučić-led government from 2012 to 2014.  He graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade in 1989, majoring in journalism.

  1. Irena Vujović – Deputy PM and Environment Minister

Vujović has been an SNS member since 2008. During her political career, she was elected as a member of the Parliament for two terms. She was also a member of the Committee for Administrative-Budgetary and Mandate-Immunity Issues, the Committee for Economy, Regional Development, Trade, Tourism and Energy, the President of the Committee for Foreign Affairs, as well as the head of the permanent delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the President of the Friendship Group with Azerbaijan.

  1. Aleksandar Vulin – Deputy PM

In 2012, Vulin was appointed director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija. Since 2017, he has held the position of Defence Minister and in 2020, he was appointed Interior Minister. He was also the director of the Serbian Security and Information Agency (BIA) from December 2022 until his resignation in November 2023. He was born in 1972 in Novi Sad and is a lawyer by profession.

  1. Bratislav Gašić – Defence Minister

Gašić was a long-time director of the Serbian intelligence agency, BIA, and one of the founders and a high-ranking official of the SNS. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Niš and for more than two decades, he ran the private company Santos. He was the mayor of Kruševac and had also served as the Defence Minister in the previous government.

  1. Maja Popović – Justice Minister

Serbian Justice Minister Maja Popović graduated from the Faculty of Law, studied and trained abroad, worked at the Bar, and at the age of 26 she was appointed a judge of the First Municipal Court in Belgrade, the youngest ever in our country. She joined the Security and Information Agency (BIA) in 2014 where she became head of the director’s cabinet in 2015. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and French, is married and has two children.

  1. Marko Đurić – Foreign Minister

Marko Đurić is a diplomat who was appointed Ambassador of Serbia to the United States of America on 8 October 2020 and the non-resident Ambassador of Serbia to Colombia since 3 July 2021. Previously, he served as the Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija from 2 September 2013 to 8 October 2020. He has also served as the foreign policy adviser to the President of Serbia from 2012 to 2014. Being a member of the Serbian Progressive Party since its founding in 2008, he is the party’s vice president and as member of party’s Council for Foreign Policy and European Integration

  1. Tanja Miščević – EU Integration Minister

Miščević is a full professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade at the Department of International and European Studies. She graduated from the Department of International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade in 1989, received her master’s degree in 1997, and obtained her PhD in political science in 2002 at the same faculty. The Serbian government appointed Miščević as the Head of the Team for Negotiations on the Membership of the Republic of Serbia with the European Union in August 2013 and she held this position until August 2019. From November 2019, she was the Deputy Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council. She was the Minister for European Integration from October 2022 to May 2024, a function she will continue to perform in the new government too.

  1. Nikola Selaković – Culture Minister

From 2009 to 2012 he was employed at the Belgrade Faculty of Law as an assistant lecturer at the Department of Legal History, where he taught Comparative Legal Tradition, Serbian Legal History and Rhetoric. He served as Minister of Justice and State Administration in the government of the Republic of Serbia in the period from 2012 to 2014, and then as Minister of Justice in the period from 2014 to 2016. Selaković also served as the Foreign Minister from 2020 to 2022. From October 2022 to May 2024, he was Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs.

  1. Goran Vesić – Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Minister

Vesić was born in 1969 in Kruševac and grew up in Maribor, Slovenia. He graduated from the Faculty of Law in Belgrade and was an intern of the Robert Schuman European Foundation in the European Commission and the European Parliament in 1999. He was elected a Member of Parliament in the 2022 Serbian parliamentary election. From October 2022 until May 2024, he served as Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure in the Serbian government, a function he continues to perform in the new government too.

  1. Zlatibor Lončar – Health Minister

He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade in 1997 and the following year, he completed his internship at the Clinical Centre of Serbia, after which he chose general surgery as his area of specialization at his home faculty and passed the specialist exam in 2003. He was elected to the position of Minister of Health on 27 April 2014, 11 August 2016, and 29 June 2017. He held the same position until October 2020, and then in the mandate until October 2022 too. Lončar speaks English, is married has two children.

  1. Dubravka Đedović Handanović – Energy Minister

She was born in 1978 in Belgrade and graduated in banking and finance from the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade. She received a master’s degree in finance and management from SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy, and the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles. She has published several scientific papers on the topic of public-private partnerships and project financing in cooperation with the University of Belgrade and is a guest lecturer at master’s studies at University College London. She was appointed Minister of Mining and Energy after previously being a member of the Executive Board of NLB Komercijalna Banka to which she was appointed in 2021. She was also Director of the Regional Representative Office of the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the Western Balkans.

  1. Slavica Đukić Dejanović – Education Minister

Đukić-Dejanović graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, where she also completed her master’s and doctoral studies, specializing in neuropsychiatry. Since October 2020, she has held the position of Special Advisor to the government of the Republic of Serbia in charge of implementing the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development until 2030. She is a member of the Association of Psychiatrists of Serbia, and she served as the president of this association for two terms. From July 2023 to May 2024, Đukić-Dejanović held the position of Minister of Education. She has been a member of the Socialist Party of Serbia since its foundation.

  1. Jelena Begović – Science, Technological Development and Innovation Minister

Born in 1970 in Belgrade, Begović enrolled in Chemistry for Research and Development at the Faculty of Chemistry, but after her first year, she transferred to the Faculty of Biology at the University of Belgrade. During her studies, she also spent two years at the University of British Columbia in Canada, after which she returned to Serbia, where she graduated from the Faculty of Biology at the University of Belgrade. With the support of the state, in 2021, she established the Centre for Sequencing and Bioinformatics at the Institute and thus enabled Serbia to start forming a national genomic data bank. Begović is one of the creators of the BIO4 campus project.

  1. Adrijana Mesarović – Economy Minister

Since 2018, she has been an assistant to the mayor of Novi Sad, where she mostly dealt with investment projects and the cooperation between the Novi Sad government and domestic and foreign companies. She was born in Novi Sad in 1981. Mesarović has a master’s degree in Economics.

  1. Tomislav Žigmanov – Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue Minister

Born in 1967 in Tavankut, Žigmanov graduated in philosophy at the University of Novi Sad. He teaches the history of philosophy at the Theological and Catechetical Institute of the Diocese of Subotica, and as a guest lecturer, he gave around ten lectures at higher education institutions in Serbia and Croatia. Since 2015, he has been the President of the Democratic Union of Croats in Vojvodina and a member of the Serbian Parliament from 2016 to 2020. From October 2022 to May 2024, Žigmanov held the position of Minister for Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue.

  1. Nemanja Starović – Employment, Labour, Social and Veteran Affairs Minister

Starović got his master’s degree in history in 2011 from the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad. He also graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Serbia in 2013. He was State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2021 to 2022 and State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense from October 2022 to May 2024. Starović is a regular member of Matica Srpska and the Association of Writers of Serbia. He speaks English, is married and has three children.

  1. Milica Đurđević Stamenkovski – Family Care and Demographics Minister

Born in 1990 in Belgrade, she graduated in political science from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. She has been politically active since 2016. Đurđević-Stamenkovski is the president of the Serbian party Zavetnici and during the 13th convocation of the National Assembly, she was the head of the parliamentary group of this political organization. She speaks fluent Russian and English, is married and has two children.

  1. Aleksandar Martinović – Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Minister

In the previous government convocation, he was the Minister for State Administration and Local Self-Government. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Serbian Progressive Party. Martinović has earned a PhD in law from the Novi Sad Faculty of Law.

  1. Jelena Žarić Kovačević – Local Government and State Administration Minister

In the previous government convocation, she served as the president of the Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Legislation. She was born in Niš in 1981, where she graduated from the Faculty of Law and earned her master’s degree in legal sciences. Žarić-Kovačević is a lawyer by profession.

  1. Husein Memić – Tourism and Youth Minister

Memić was born in 1983 in Novi Pazar. He graduated from the Faculty of Physical Culture, where he also earned a master’s degree in tourism and catering. He is also a member of the vice-president of the Sandzak Democratic Party.

  1. Zoran Gajić – Sports Minister

Gajić has been the president of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia since 2016. He was a coach in several volleyball clubs and national teams. He was born in 1958 in Pancevo and has a master’s degree in sports.

  1. Milan Krkobabić – Rural Welfare Minister

Krkobabić was born in 1952 in Kačarevo. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade and is one of the founders and president of the Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS), Farmers and Proletarians of Serbia – Solidarity and Justice. In the period from 2008 to 2020, Krkobabić was elected a councillor in the Belgrade City Assembly and a Member of the Serbian parliament for several terms, as well as the president of the PUPS parliamentary group. In cooperation with the Academic Rural Committee of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in June 2019, he initiated the establishment of the National Team for the Rural Revival of Serbia.

  1. Dejan Ristić – Information and Telecommunications Minister

Ristić is the former director of the Genocide Museum in Belgrade. From 2013 to 2015, he was State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture. Before that, he was the acting director of the National Library of Serbia. Ristić graduated history from the University of Belgrade.

  1. Darko Glišić – Public Investments Minister

Before being appointed a government minister, he was the president of the Municipality of Ub three times. He was a Member of Parliament in two parliamentary convocations from 2003 to 2008. He also served as the President of the Ub Municipal Assembly in 2005 and 2006. Glišić was born in Ub in 1973 and is a geodesy engineer by profession.

The Serbian government also has four new ministers without a portfolio – Novica Tončev, Đorđe Milićević, Usame Zukorlić, Nenad Popović and Tatjana Macura.

(RTS, 02.05.2024)

https://www.rts.rs/vesti/politika/5431033/ko-su-ministri-u-novoj-vladi-srbije.html

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