Biography

DoB: 29/11/1971 
Marital status and family: married, two children 
Place of work and residence: Member of the European Parliament (Brussels, Strasbourg), living in Osijek, Croatia

Education

“Braća Ribar” High School in Osijek, Administrator in Culture and Science
Osijek Medical Studies, University of Zagreb-School of Medicine, Specialty in Occupational and Sports Medicine

Linguistic skills

  • English actively
  • German passively
  • Russian passively
  • French passively

Professional career

Since 1997 Doctor of Medicine at the Osijek Community Health Centre

Political career

  • 1 July 2014: Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Delegation for relations with Macedonia. Substitute member on the Committee for the Internal Market and Consumers Rights, Committee for Women's Rights and Gender Equality, Delegations for relations with Montenegro
  • 1 July 2013: Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Delegation for relations with China. Substitute member on the Committee for Foreign Affairs, Delegations for relations with the Western Balkans
  • 1 April 2012: Observer in the European Parliament, Committee for Transport and Tourism
  • 2011-2013: Chairperson of the Health and Social Policy Committee, Croatian Parliament
  • 2007-2011, 2011-2013: Member of the Croatian Parliament
  • Since 2008: Member of the Presidency of the Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP)
  • 2008-2009: Deputy Mayor of Osijek
  • 2004 - 2008: Vice chair of the Main Committee of SDP
  • 2001-2004, 2005-2008, 2009-2013: Councilwoman at the Osijek City Council
  • 2004 -2005: President of the City Council
  • Since 2005: President of SDP Osijek
  • 2005-2009: Member of the Osječko-baranjska SDP County Board

About me

Although I am a doctor and a politician, I see myself as an artist too – I like to paint, sing, read and wear clothes I have made myself. Because of my restless personality I am never idle, and I believe that time spent with one’s family is time best spent. After I graduated, I became politically active because I did not want to be just another passive observer in a country which then lacked democracy, justice and tolerance.