Denis Zvizdić


Denis Zvizdić (born 9 June 1964) is a Bosnian politician who is a member of the House of Representatives. From 31 March 2015 until 23 December 2019, he was the 9th Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[2]

Denis Zvizdić
Zvizdić in June 2015
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
6 August 2019
9th Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In office
31 March 2015  23 December 2019
PresidentBakir Izetbegović
Mladen Ivanić
Dragan Čović
Preceded byVjekoslav Bevanda
Succeeded byZoran Tegeltija
Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton
In office
6 February 2003  16 November 2006
Preceded byNermin Pećanac
Succeeded bySamir Silajdžić
Personal details
Born (1964-06-09) 9 June 1964 (age 57)
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalityBosnian
Political partyParty of Democratic Action (1990–present)
RelationsAljoša Čampara (cousin)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Sarajevo

Zvizdić also served as Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton from 6 February 2003 until 16 November 2006.

Early life and education


Zvizdić was born on 9 June 1964 in Sarajevo. He studied at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Sarajevo, where he earned a PhD and in 2007 became a professor of architecture.[3]

Early career


Zvizdić had worked at the Ministry for Environment and Construction of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH), as well as for the Unioninvest Sarajevo Company prior to his political career. He was also Co-Director of the National Action Plan for Protection of Environment.[citation needed]

Early political career


In 2003, Zvizdić became Prime Minister of the Sarajevo Canton - his first major political appointment - and in 2006 speaker of the Sarajevo Cantonal Assembly.[3][4]

He was then a member of the Federal Parliament (House of Peoples, 2006–10; House of Representatives, 2010–14).[3]

Zvizdić has been a member of Party of Democratic Action (SDA) since 1990 and a member of its Presidency from 2005. In 2009, he was appointed Chair of the SDA Council and joined the party's Main Board in 2013. He was a member of the party Cantonal Board in Sarajevo (2004–05), and prior to that member of the Sarajevo Centar Municipal Board (2000–03).[citation needed]

Chairman of the Council of Ministers (2015–2019)


Zvizdić with Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz on 18 June 2015

On 31 March 2015, in a vote in the national House of Representatives determining the new Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 28 out of the 42 parliament members voted for Zvizdić, 5 voted against and 2 abstained. Zvizdić promised to improve action on the accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the European Union.[4]

During his premiership, the SAA agreement with the EU entered into force on 15 July 2015, and on 15 February 2016, Bosnia and Herzegovina submitted its EU membership application.[5]

After the 2018 general election and with a newly established government, on 23 December 2019, Zvizdić was succeeded as Chairman of the Council of Ministers by Zoran Tegeltija of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD).[6]

Personal life


On 8 February 2021, it was confirmed that Zvizdić tested positive for COVID-19, amid its pandemic in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[7]

References


  1. Ćatić & 15 August 2014.
  2. "BiH elects Denis Zvizdic as new chairman for state-level gov't". Xinhua News Agency. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  3. Elvira M. Jukic (19 December 2014). "SDA Names Bosnia's New Prime Minister". Balkan Insight. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  4. "BiH elects Denis Zvizdic as new chairman of BiH Council of Ministers". Bosnia Today. 11 February 2015. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  5. N.N. (15 February 2016). "BiH predala aplikaciju za članstvo u EU: Još jedan korak na dugom putu" (in Bosnian). Klix.ba. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  6. Er.M. (23 December 2019). "Počela sjednica o imenovanju Vijeća ministara BiH" (in Bosnian). Klix.ba. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  7. M.G. (8 February 2021). "Denis Zvizdić pozitivan na koronavirus" (in Bosnian). Klix.ba. Retrieved 8 February 2021.