Davor Ivo Stier will probably become the new Foreign Minister in the incoming government led by HDZ president and current Prime Minister-Designate Andrej Plenković. It was unofficially announced on Wednesday by Lada Jurica, who is in charge of internet and new media at the European People’s Party, reports N1 on October 12, 2016.
Jurica said she received the news from HDZ’s Member of European Parliament Dubravka Šuica. The information started spreading soon after it was announced that Andrej Plenković and Davor Ivo Stier would today resign as Members of European Parliament. The resignations were necessary since on Friday they will become members of Croatian Parliament, while a few days later they are expected to become members of the government.
Davor Ivo Stier was born in 1972 in Buenos Aires in Argentina, as a child of Croatian immigrants. He graduated in political sciences and international relations from the Catholic University in Argentina. He also holds a degree in journalism from the same university. In Zagreb, he graduated from the Diplomatic Academy and he completed a course on crisis management at the World Politics Institute in Washington.
He served in Croatian diplomacy for over fifteen years. From 1998 to 2002, he worked at the Croatian Embassy in the United States, and from 2003 to 2008 he was a member of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia to NATO. As an advisor to the Prime Minister on foreign affairs, and later as a special envoy of the Prime Minister for Euro-Atlantic cooperation, he worked on the completion of negotiations for Croatia’s membership in NATO and the European Union.
In December 2011, he was elected to the Croatian Parliament. He was Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, a member of the Parliamentary Committee on European Integration, and a member of the Croatian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. In April 2013, was elected to the European Parliament.
He is married, has three children, and lives in Samobor near Zagreb.