The Croatian Prime Minister says the cabinet reshuffle would serve as a strong step towards intensifying efforts in implementing his government's program with the goal of achieving economic growth, social solidarity, legal security and the strengthening of Croatia's international position, noting that his proposed ministers have high quality references and political experience.
At Thursday's cabinet session Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced his candidates to replace the outgoing minister's in his government. A serious overhaul of his cabinet have been widely expected since Administration Minister Lovro Kuščević and State Assets Minister Goran Marić resigned their posts in the past ten days and the earlier appointment of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and European Affairs Minister Marija Pječinović Burić to the post of Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
Succeeding Pejčinović Burić as Foreign and European Affairs Minister will be Croatia's Ambassador to Germany Gordan Grlić-Radman. The Dean of the Polytechnics Institute in Šibenik, Ivan Malenica, will replace Kuščević as Administration Minister, while the head of the State Administration Office in Vukovar-Srijem County, Mario Banožić, will assume the reigns at the new State Assets Minister from Marić.
However, the changes did not stop there, as an additional three ministers were also replaced. Regional Development and EU Funds Minister Gabriela Žalac will be replaced by the current Labour and Pension System Minister Marko Pavić, who will be succeeded by the current head of the Croatian Institute for Pension Insurance Josip Aladrović at the Labor and Pension System Ministry.
Also on his way out is Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Tomislav Tolušić, who will be replaced as Agriculture Minister by the current Secretary of State in that ministry, Marija Vučković.
Finally, Demographics, Family, Youth and Social Policy Minister Nada Murganić will be replaced by HDZ Member of Parliament Vesna Bedeković.
With both Pejčinović Burić and Tolušić vacating their posts as deputy prime ministers, Prime Minister Plenković has tapped Finance Minister Zdravko Marić and Interior Minister Davor Božinović to replace them.
The prime minister thanked his outgoing ministers for their contribution to the work of the government and said that he would present his proposed replacements to parliament on Friday, which still has to confirm the new ministers. If approved the first major hurdle facing the new cabinet will be to prepare the state budget for the next year.
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