|Assumed office |
23 December 2003
|Preceded by||Ivica Račan|
|Born||8 June 1953 |
Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Political party||Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ)|
|Alma mater||University of Innsbruck|
Dr. The Prime Minister of Croatia is officially called "President of the Government of the Republic of Croatia" (Predsjednik Vlade Republike Hrvatske Events 962 - Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Stjepan "Stipe" Mesić (born December 24, 1934) is a Croatian politician Ivica Račan ( February 24 1944 – April 29 2007) was a Croatian Leftist politician who led the Social Democratic Events 68 - The Roman Senate accepts emperor Galba. 536 - St Silverius becomes Pope (probable Year 1953 ( MCMLIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Split (Spalatum Ancient Greek: Aspálathos, Ασπάλαθος Spalato is the largest and most important Dalmatian city the second-largest Socialist Republic of Croatia ( Croato-Serbian and Croatian: Socijalistička Republika Hrvatska) was a Socialist state that was a Constituent The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia ( Serbo-Croatian, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian: The Croatian Democratic Union (Hrvatska demokratska zajednica HDZ is the main Center-right Political party in Croatia. Alma mater is Latin for "nourishing mother" It was used in Ancient Rome as a title for the mother Goddess, and in Medieval University of Innsbruck (Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck has been a University in Austria since 1669 Ivo Sanader [ˈiːʋɔ saˈnaːdɛr] (formerly Ivica Sanader) (born June 8, 1953 in Split) is the current Prime Minister of Croatia (President of the Government). Events 68 - The Roman Senate accepts emperor Galba. 536 - St Silverius becomes Pope (probable Year 1953 ( MCMLIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Split (Spalatum Ancient Greek: Aspálathos, Ασπάλαθος Spalato is the largest and most important Dalmatian city the second-largest This article is about the government position For other uses see Prime Minister (disambiguation. Croatia (Hrvatska ˈxȓvatska officially the Republic of Croatia ( Republika Hrvatska) is a southern Central European country at the crossroads between The Government of the Republic of Croatia ( Vlada Republike Hrvatske) commonly abbreviated to Croatian Government ( Hrvatska Vlada) is the main element
Ivo Sanader was born on June 8, 1953 in Split. Events 68 - The Roman Senate accepts emperor Galba. 536 - St Silverius becomes Pope (probable Year 1953 ( MCMLIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Split (Spalatum Ancient Greek: Aspálathos, Ασπάλαθος Spalato is the largest and most important Dalmatian city the second-largest He lived in a religious Catholic family with three brothers and one sister. Catholic is an Adjective derived from the Greek adjective '' / 'katholikos' meaning "whole" or "complete". The Sanader family couldn't afford high school study for all of their children, so Ivo's mother asked rector of a Catholic high school to accept him into his school. After completing his high school education he left for Rome to acquire a higher education in philosophy, but he soon realized that he didn't like the academic environment there very much. Rome ( Roma ˈroma Roma is the capital city of Italy and Lazio, and is Italy's largest and most populous city with more than 2 Philosophy is the study of general problems concerning matters such as existence knowledge truth beauty justice validity mind and language After his return from Rome he met his future spouse, Mirjana, who he married in 1978. Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) After their wedding, Ivo and Mirjana left Split for Innsbruck. Innsbruck is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol in western Austria. His wife attended a study of archaeology, while Ivo attended a study of comparative literature and studies of Romance languages at the University of Innsbruck. Archaeology, archeology, or archæology (from Greek grc ἀρχαιολογία archaiologia – grc ἀρχαῖος archaīos Comparative literature (sometimes abbreviated "Comp lit" is critical scholarship dealing with the Literature of two or more different Linguistic University of Innsbruck (Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck has been a University in Austria since 1669 The young couple was accompanied, while studying in Innsbruck, by Ivo’s younger brother Miro who also lived and studied in Innsbruck. In this time he was strongly bond with gey comunity in Innsbruck. During that time Sanader also reported for the Zagreb sport newspaper Sportske novosti. Zagreb (ˈzɑːgrɛb is the Capital and the largest city of Croatia. Sportske novosti is a Croatian daily sports Newspaper based in Zagreb. In 1982, Sanader graduated, and returned to Croatia with his wife. He found a job in the marketing department of Dalmacijaturist, however he didn’t stay very long. He found his next job at the publishing house Logos in 1983 where he was employed on as a program editor. In 1988 he became a chief editor and at time he was working on the organization of the magazine Mogućnost. Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) His career at the publishing house was later terminated suddenly. At that time his wife also received a notice of termination from her workplace. After that Ivo Sanader decided to move back to Austria with his family. Austria (Österreich ( officially the Republic of Austria (Republik Österreich In Austria he founded two private business. One favourable thing for him was that he never lost touch with his homeland while in Austria. Sanader achieved a PhD in Romance languages and comparative literature from Innsbruck University in Austria. The Romance languages (sometimes referred to as Romanic languages, or Neolatin languages) are a branch of the Indo-European language family comprising all Comparative literature (sometimes abbreviated "Comp lit" is critical scholarship dealing with the Literature of two or more different Linguistic Austria (Österreich ( officially the Republic of Austria (Republik Österreich Besides his native language of Croatian he is fluent in English, German, French and Italian. He fathered two children.  
At the end of 1980s he founded the first branch of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) in Austria and at this time he first came into contact with Franjo Tuđman. The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. The Croatian Democratic Union (Hrvatska demokratska zajednica HDZ is the main Center-right Political party in Croatia. Franjo Tuđman ( May 14, 1922 - December 10, 1999. Tuđman was elected to the position of President of Croatia by the Parliament He returns to Split, on persuasion from Franjo Tuđman, although his wife was against their return to Croatia, at the morning of war for Croatia independence. Sanader returned to Split from Austria at the beginning of the 1990s. The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999 His first public office was manager of Croatian National Theatre in Split. In 1992 he was elected as an HDZ deputy to the lower house of the Croatian parliament. Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar) Shortly thereafter he became Minister of Science and Technology (1992-1993). Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar) Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) From 1993 to 1995 and 1996 to 2000 he was a Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. His biggest success as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs was the termination of required visas for Croatia citizens who traveled to Greece. But Sanader's sense for negotiation was also used for other purposes. He used his negotiation skills for bringing people around to the Croatian Democratic Union from other Croatian parliament parties. At the end of November 1995 he became a head of the President of Croatia's office and general secretary of Croatia national security and defense council (VONS) after Hrvoje Šarinić was released from his duty. In January of 1996 he became a member of the council for cooperation between Croatia and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) Bosnia and Herzegovina ( Latin script: Bosna i Hercegovina, Cyrillic script: Босна и Херцеговина is a country on the Balkan During his second term as a Deputy Minster for Foreign Affairs he worked hard to bring Croatia and Israel together. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Israel topics. The peak of these efforts was the meeting between himself, Hrvoje Šarinić and Eytan Bentsur, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Israeli government, in Budapest in 1997, after which diplomatic relationships between Croatia and Israel were established. Hrvoje Šarinić (born March 17, 1935) is a Croatian politician Budapest ( also /ˈbʊ-/) is the capital city of Hungary. As the largest city of Hungary it serves as the country's principal Political, Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar 
In 2000, following Tuđman's death, HDZ suffered defeat in a parliamentary election. 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Elections for the Chamber of Representatives of the Croatian Parliament were held on January 3rd 2000. Furthermore, their candidate Mate Granić also failed to enter the second round of the presidential election. Mate Granić (born September 19 1947 in Baška Voda near Makarska, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia) is a Croatian diplomat Granić then left to form the Democratic Centre party hoping to attract moderates from the HDZ. The Democratic Centre (Demokratski centar DC is a Croatian Political party. Inner-party election within the HDZ ensued in April that year and Sanader emerged victorious as a compromise candidate.
Initially Sanader criticized the ICTY indictments against Croatian Army generals which had provoked much discontent in Croatia. In 2001 he took part in a massive rally against a war crimes indictment against general Mirko Norac. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. Mirko Norac (born September 19 1967) is a former general of the Croatian Army and is regarded by many Croatians as a national hero Sanader also criticised Ivica Račan and his cabinet's stance towards the ICTY. Ivica Račan ( February 24 1944 – April 29 2007) was a Croatian Leftist politician who led the Social Democratic Afterwards, he gradually began to distance the party and himself from the protests somewhat softening his criticism towards the government.
Sanader focused his efforts on transforming the HDZ into a modern pro-European right-of-center party. However, his course was challenged by the right-wing of the party led by Ivić Pašalić. Ivić Pašalić (born November 3, 1960 in Šuica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia) is a Croatian right-wing The ensuing leadership struggle culminated at the 2002 party convention. Sanader, who was supported by Vladimir Šeks and Branimir Glavaš, managed to win his second mandate. Vladimir Šeks (born Osijek, 1 January 1943) was Speaker of the Croatian Parliament from December 22 2003 to January 11 2008 Branimir Glavaš (born September 23, 1956) is a Croatian right-wing politician from Osijek and has rank of Major General Pašalić left the party to form his Croatian Bloc, but failed to draw many of his former supporters from the HDZ. Croatian Bloc (Hrvatski blok HB was a right-wing political party in Croatia.
Sanader was now able to concentrate on defeating Ivica Račan and his left-of-centre coalition at the 2003 parliamentary elections. Elections for the Croatian Parliament were held on November 23, 2003. HDZ, nevertheless, failed to win the absolute majority in Sabor. After the victory of his Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) the President of the Republic named Sanader the Prime Minister-designate on December 9, 2003. Events 536 - Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. In the post-election negotiations Sanader ensured the support of ethnic minority representatives, nominally left-wing Croatian Party of Pensioners and the Independent Democratic Serbian Party. The Croatian Party of Pensioners (Hrvatska stranka umirovljenika is a Croatian Political party. The Independent Democratic Serbian Party (Самостална демократска српска странка Samostalna demokratska srpska stranka SDSS is a Social democratic When the Croatian Parliament subsequently gave its consent by 88 votes (out of 152) on December 23, 2003, Sanader was formally appointed. Events 962 - Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar.
On the 5th convention of Croatian Democratic Union in 2000 he was chosen as a president of the party. At that same assembly he said that: in Croatia there wouldn’t be enough jails if previous government had behave like coalition, that is in power, is behaving now. As a head of the Croatian Democratic Union he worked hard in transforming the party into a democratic European party.
Sanader's government main foreign goal is Croatia's entry into the European Union and NATO. The European Union ( EU) is a political and economic union of twenty-seven member states, located primarily in The North Atlantic Treaty As a result of the successful implementation of the Association Agreement - signed with the European Union in 2001 - Croatia has become an official candidate for the entry into the EU. The European Union ( EU) is a political and economic union of twenty-seven member states, located primarily in Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. Sanader's HDZ has also sought to establish better relations with minority parties and has continued to promote minority rights. Amongst other factors contributing to the positive opinion of the European Commission and the European Council regarding Croatia's bid to become an EU member were Croatia's cooperation with the ICTY, continued economic growth and country's compliance with the political and economic criteria established by the 1993 Copenhagen European Council. The European Commission (formally the Commission of the European Communities) is the executive branch of the European Union. The European Council (referred to as a European Summit) is the highest political body of the European Union. Croatia is expected to complete negotiations with the EU shortly after Sanader's term of office. Sanader has close relations with other moderate conservative politicians in Europe, including former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, former Bavarian Prime Minister Edmund Stoiber, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern. Austria (Österreich ( officially the Republic of Austria (Republik Österreich Chancellor or chancellour (archaic ( Latin: cancellarius) is an official Title used in countries whose civilization has arisen Bavaria ( German:, with an area of 70553 Km² (27241 square miles and almost 12 This article is about the government position For other uses see Prime Minister (disambiguation. Edmund Rüdiger Stoiber ( (born September 28, 1941) is a German politician, former Minister-president of the state The Head of government of Germany is called Chancellor (Kanzler (ˈaŋɡela doʁoˈteːa ˈmɛɐ̯kəl (born Angela Dorothea Kasner, 17 July 1954 in Hamburg, West Germany) is the Chancellor of Germany. Ireland ( Irish: Éire, ˈeːrʲə is a country in north-western Europe. The Taoiseach (ˈtiːʃəx in English t̪ˠiːʃʲəx (plural Taoisigh ( or) in Irish) also referred to as An Taoiseach ( t̪ˠiːʃʲəx is the the Patrick Bartholomew "Bertie" Ahern ( Irish: Pádraig Parthalán Ó hEachthairn, born 12 September 1951 is an Irish politician who served
Since the inception of his term Croatia has experienced an economic growth of around 4 per cent annually as well as improvements in the judicial system and land registry. However, the cabinet has also seen some changes, notably the departure of the foreign minister Miomir Žužul who was accused for conflict of interest. Miomir Žužul (born 1955) is a Croatian diplomat and politician Furthermore, Sanader's government was challenged by the rising tide of Euroscepticism in the country. Euroscepticism Euro (disambiguation --> has become a general term for opposition to the process
In October 2005, following the formal start of EU accession negotiations, opinion surveys showed Sanader to be the most popular Croatian politician.
The biggest affair that has hindered Sanader as Prime Minster was a mostly tabloid-fueled affair regarding his collection of wrist watches. A watch is a timepiece that is made to be worn on a person The term now usually refers to a wristwatch, which is worn on the wrist with a strap or Bracelet. He reportedly possesses a collection of wrist watches worth in excess of €150,000. Former Minster of Justice Vesna Škare Ožbolt in the Sanader government was the one who reported Sanader to a resolution council for conflict of interests. Škare Ožbolt stated that Prime Minster Sanader hadn’t reported a collection of expensive wrist watches in his assets.
Sanader was also accused by Ivan Drmić, former member of Croatian Democratic Union, for framing the presidential election at the 5th convention of the Croatian Democratic Union. Spokesman for the Croatian Democratic Union Vlatko Maček said such accusationd "belong in the anthology of political dullness. "
In July 2006 Sanader was named in the “Verona Affair,” accused by the opposition in the Croatian parliament for fixing the sale of pharmaceutical company Pliva to Barr Corporation from the US. Pliva dd is a Croatian Pharmaceutical company based in Zagreb, Croatia. Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc, ( is global specialty pharmaceutical company that operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and is engaged in the development manufacture and marketing Such accusations against Sanader have been declined, and they were never proven.
The government of Croatia, under Prime Minster Sanader, has improved its relations with the US, which were strained under former Prime Minister Račan due to Račan's refusal to accept an American pact calling for US soldiers to not face extradition to the International Court of Justice if indicted. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the See also International Commission of Jurists The International Court of Justice (known colloquially as the World Court or ICJ; Cour During Sanader's regime, the US hasn’t asked for such an agreement to be signed by Croatia. The chairman of the US House International Relations Committee Henry Hyde has said, in a very emotional appearance, that Croatia's desire to join NATO and the EU will be reached, and that the US government backs Croatia fully in its goal regarding NATO and EU membership. The US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, also known as the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives Henry John Hyde ( April 18, 1924 &ndash November 29, 2007) an American politician was a Republican member of the The North Atlantic Treaty The European Union ( EU) is a political and economic union of twenty-seven member states, located primarily in In October 2006, President Bush has said that Croatia will enter NATO and he has set 2008 as the year for Croatian membership in the bloc. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. US recognize Croatia as the only stable partner on the territory of ex-Yugoslavia, and an ally in the war on terror. The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia ( Serbo-Croatian, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian: The War on Terrorism (also known as the War on Terror) is the common term for the military political and legal, and ideological conflict and specifically for U 
Sanader was the last statesman to visit Pope John Paul II in the Vatican, in February 2005, a few weeks before his death. A statesman or stateswoman or statesperson is usually a Politician or other notable figure of State who has had a long and respected career in History See also History of the Papacy Catholics recognize the Pope as a successor to Saint Peter, who Jesus named as the "shepherd" and Pope Vatican City, officially the State of the Vatican City (Stato della Città del Vaticano is a Landlocked sovereign City-state whose territory Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
|Minister of Science and Technology|
1991 – 1993
|Prime Minister of Croatia|
2003 – present
|Party political offices|
|President of Croatian Democratic Union|
2000 – present