Prime Minster Andrej Plenković speaks to reporters prior to his meeting with the coalition partners (Dalibor Urukalovic/PIXSELL) Prime Minster Andrej Plenković speaks to reporters prior to his meeting with the coalition partners (Dalibor Urukalovic/PIXSELL)

Labor Minister Marko Pavić will become the new regional development and EU funds minister. Marija Vučković has been tapped as agriculture minister and MP Vesna Bedeković is set to replace Murganić as the demographics minister.

“I have accepted that my ministry will also be part of this reshuffle. I am completely at peace with this and I think change is a good thing right now. This will be good for the government, and I will say again, good for the social welfare system as well,” Murganić told reporters after exiting a meeting at the HDZ’s headquarters in Zagreb on Wednesday evening.

The Prime Minister also has three seats to fill due to departures. Marija Pejčinović Burić, who is leaving to become the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will be replaced by Croatia's current ambassador to Germany, Goran Grlić Radman. Vili Beroš is reportedly taking over as health minister and Mario Banožić is slated to be the new state property minister 

The PM was meeting late Wednesday with the leadership of his party and later with the HDZ's coalition partners to discuss the changes.

“It is common to reshuffle the cabinet at the end of the third year in office, giving the government room to continue unburdened with the activities that are driving the economy forward and lowering social tensions, and in the end, allowing us to achieve what we were voted in to do, the Prime Minister said.