Croatia's EU Commissioner-designate, Dubravka Šuica, has been named Vice-President of the Commission for Democracy and Demography, European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen announced on Tuesday. For the first time in EU history, a portfolio commissioner has a demographic theme that is also included in the new EUCouncil Strategic Plan for 2019 - 2024 as one of the key issues for the 14 Member States experiencing a negative natural increase. Half of the EU Member States have a negative natural increase, and it is therefore important, regardless of national competences to address this issue, to raise this topic horizontally at European level and to understand how the European institutions can help Member States to address this key problem.
Dubravka Šuica will be responsible also for a key project called the Conference on the Future of Europe. This Conference, being inclusive, will listen to the views of European citizens, European countries and institutions, academia, civil society, the media, everyone who wants to participate on how a European project can be closer to citizens and how it can be more functional, purposeful and useful. Maja Markovcic Kostelac, a former secretary of state at the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, has been named executive director of the European Maritime Safety Agency this year, with the activeness of the policy of this government and diplomacy. The fourth Croatian politician to be elected to an important European post is Ivana Maletic, a new member of the Court of Auditors of the European Union.