The Croatian MEP was nominated in August by the Croatian Government as Croatia's candidate to assume the role of one of the EC's 27 commissioners. The outgoing Enlargement Commissioner is Austrian politician Johannes Hahn.
According to unconfirmed media reports, Croatian MEP Dubravka Šuica (HDZ/EPP), will be nominated for the position of the Enlargement Commissioner in Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission. Von der Leyen is expected to unveil the list of her Commission’s portfolios on Tuesday.
The Commission will have to be approved by the European Parliament as a whole, prior to which each Commissioner-designate will appear before the relevant parliamentary committee for a hearing. The new Commission will begin its mandate on November 1st.
Šuica has been a member of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) since 1990, serving as Dubrovnik Mayor from 2001 until 2009. She has also served in Croatian Parliament and as the Vice President of the HDZ. Since July of 2013, when Croatia joined the European Union, Šuica has been a member of the European Parliament, where she belongs to European People’s Party, of which her HDZ is a member. She has also been a member of the European Parliament’s influential Committee on Foreign Affairs since 2014, serving as its co-chair from 2016 to 2019, as well as a member of European Parliament’s delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. In 2019 she was named the First Vice-Chair of the EPP group following the 2019 election.
Šuica has repeatedly stated her open support for the accession of Western Balkan countries to the European Union, especially Bosnia and Herzegovina. In spite of this however, she has stated several times that it is unrealistic for Serbia to become a member of the EU by 2025. Šuica believes that Serbia needs to submit a list of missing persons and return cultural heritage from its wars of aggression in the 1990’s, as well as ensure that the Croatian national minority in Serbia enjoys the same rights as the Serbian minority in Croatia.
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