Branko Ružić (politician)


Branko Ružić (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранко Ружић, born 14 December 1975) is a Serbian politician. He is a long time-member of the Socialist Party of Serbia and member of its executive board. He currently serves as the First Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia and Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development.

Branko Ružić
Бранко Ружић
First Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia
Assumed office
28 October 2020
Prime MinisterAna Brnabić
Preceded byIvica Dačić
Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development
Assumed office
28 October 2020
Prime MinisterAna Brnabić
Preceded byMladen Šarčević
Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government
In office
29 June 2017  28 October 2020
Prime MinisterAna Brnabić
Preceded byAna Brnabić
Succeeded byMarija Obradović
Minister without portfolio in charge of European integration
In office
2 September 2013  27 July 2014
Prime MinisterIvica Dačić
Succeeded byJadranka Joksimović
Personal details
Born (1975-12-14) 14 December 1975 (age 45)
Zemun, Belgrade SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Political partySocialist Party of Serbia (1996–present)
Spouse(s)Ana Ružić
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Belgrade
OccupationPolitician

He also served as the Minister without portfolio in charge of European integration from 2013 to 2014, and the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government in the Government of Serbia from 2017 to 2020.

Education and career


He graduated from the University of Belgrade and served dean student of the faculty from 1996 to 1999. During the time at the University, he joined the party of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević - Socialist Party of Serbia.

From April 2000 to December 2002, he was the president of the Youth of the party. He also served as the spokesperson of the party from March 2001 to December 2002. He was an MP in the National Assembly of Serbia from January 2001 to December 2003. From 2004 to 2006 he was an MP in National Assembly of Serbia and Montenegro and several other European Boards.

From 2008 to 2013 he served as the president of position parliamentary group of Socialist Party of Serbia in National Assembly, as well as a member of the permanent delegation of the National Assembly of Serbia to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where he was a member of the Political Committee and a member of the Human Rights Committee. In September 2013, after the reconstruction of the cabinet of Ivica Dačić, he was named the Minister without portfolio in charge of European integration and stayed on that position until 27 April 2014.

In February 2017, the Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić decided to run for the 2017 Serbian presidential elections.[1] He won the elections in the first round and was sworn as the President of Serbia on 31 May 2017.[2] Weeks later, he gave mandate to Ana Brnabić to form the governmental cabinet.[3] On 29 June 2017, the cabinet of Ana Brnabić was formed,[4][5] with Ružić being named the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government.

Personal life


Ružić and his wife Ana have two children, son Milutin and daughter Elena.

References


  1. "SNS: Jednoglasno - Vučić kandidat za predsednika". b92.net (in Serbian). Tanjug. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  2. "Vucic Sworn in as Serbia's New President Amid Protests". usnews.com. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  3. "Vučić: Kandidat za predsednika Vlade je Ana Brnabić". b92.net (in Serbian). 15 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  4. "Kabinet Ane Brnabić položio zakletvu". danas.rs (in Serbian). Danas Online. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  5. Surk, Barbara. "Serbia Gets Its First Female, and First Openly Gay, Premier". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 June 2017.