Dr. Vesna Pusić is a Croatian sociologist and politician who served as First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs in the centre-left cabinet of Zoran Milanović. She was Croatia’s second female Foreign Minister.
After becoming involved in politics in the early 1990s, when Dr. Pusić was one of the 28 founding members of the liberal Croatian People’s Party, Dr. Pusić served five consecutive terms as MP, having been elected to the Croatian Parliament in 2000, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2016 parliamentary elections. Dr. Pusić also ran in the 2009–10 presidential election, coming in fifth out of twelve candidates. During her 2008–2011 parliament term she chaired the parliamentary committee for tracking the progress of Croatia’s accession negotiations with the European Union. Dr. Pusić also held the post of Vice-President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR).
Dr. Pusić was reelected to the Parliament at the 2016 extraordinary parliamentary elections. After HNS decided to enter coalition with conservative Croatian Democratic Union party, Dr. Pusić left HNS and with three other MPs was co-founder of the new social-liberal and centre-left party: the Civic Liberal Alliance. Dr. Pusić continues to be an MP.