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Mirko Cvetković
Мирко Цветковић


Incumbent
Assumed office 
7 July 2008
President Boris Tadić
Deputy Ivica Dačić
Božidar Đelić
Mlađan Dinkić
Jovan Krkobabić
Preceded by Vojislav Koštunica

Minister of Finance of Serbia
In office
15 May 2007 – 7 July 2008
Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica
Preceded by Mlađan Dinkić
Succeeded by Diana Dragutinović

Director of the Privatization Agency
In office
2003 – 2004
Preceded by Vladimir Čupić
Succeeded by Branko Pavlović

Born 16 August 1950 (1950-08-16) (age 59)
Zaječar, Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
Political party Independent (Formally)[1]
For a European Serbia (Endorsement)
Spouse(s) Zorica Cvetković
Alma mater University of Belgrade
Profession Economist
Religion Serbian Orthodox

Mirko Cvetković (Serbian Cyrillic: Мирко Цветковић; born in Zaječar in August 16, 1950) is a Serbian economist and the current Prime Minister (formally, "President of the Government") of Serbia.

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Biography

Mirko Cvetkovic was born in a small city of Zaječar in eastern Serbia. His father Srboljub was economist, mother Stana worked as a pharmacist. His grandfather, Mirko, a school teacher, was shot in 1941, by German soldiers during the Kragujevac massacre.

He completed elementary and high school in Zaječar. During his teenage years he played, very successfully table tennis.

Mirko Cvetković graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Belgrade where he also received his MComm and PhD[2].

Cvetković worked at the Mining Institute for ten years and then at the Economics Institute for another six years, followed by seven years at the advisory and research firm CES Mecon where he worked as a consultant.

In the 1980s he was external consultant for the World Bank on a number of projects in Pakistan, India and Turkey and worked on the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Somalia.

In the period 1998–2001 he was employed as adviser for economic issues at the Mining Institute, and in 2005 he became the Special Advisor at CEO Intercom Consulting.

He has published a number of papers and articles on privatization in Serbia and abroad.

Cvetković is married and has two children. He speaks English fluently and, as a hobby, plays piano, saxophone and clarinet.

Political career

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In the Government of Zoran Djindjic

After the 5th October Overthrow of Slobodan Milošević, from January 2001 Cvetkovic worked as Deputy Minister of Economy and Privatisation in the Government of Serbia of Zoran Djindjić. From 2003 to 2004 he was the Director of the Privatisation Agency. After the fall of Zoran Živković's government on 2003 elections, Cvetković withdrew from politics.

Cvetković served as the Minister of Finance from May 16. 2007, until July 2008. in the coalition Government of Vojislav Koštunica.[3].

He was best remembered as being the first to doubt the way money from the central budget was spent in Kosovo. Back then, he told his colleagues in the government: “You can raise the salaries of employees in Kosovo if you give up a part of your salary”[4].

Prime Minister

On June 27, 2008 President Boris Tadić has named Mirko Cvetković as the new Prime Minister following the parliamentary elections that were held in May.[5][6][7][8] Other possible candidates were the current Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić[9] and the current President of the Executive Council of Vojvodina Bojan Pajtić.[10]

Oath of office:
I swear to loyalty to the Republic of Serbia and bind myself with my honor to respect the Constitution and laws, to conduct my duties as the government member conscientiously, responsibly and with dedication, and to be committed to preservation of Kosovo and Metohija within the Republic of Serbia.[11]

Mirko Cvetković is the first prime minister of Serbia since the introduction of the multiparty system who had not previously been in a high position in one of the ruling parties [12].

He was officially sworn in on July 7 after taking the oath of office in the National Assembly. In his exposé keynote address Cvetković said that one of the first moves of the new Government will be to submit the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union to the parliament for ratification and that it will not accept Kosovo's unilaterally declared independence.

He also stated that the Government will strengthen economy and social responsibility and lead a decisive battle against crime and corruption, and in favor of international justice. He also said that one of the first lawmaking initiatives will be the ratification of the energy arrangement with the Russian Federation.[13][11]

Cvetkovic is seen by many as a good expert in economy, a man of compromise, respected by the DS but by other political parties as well.[14] Western news agencies describe him as a "Democrat" (indicating support for the pro-Western Democratic Party)[15] and a "low profile technocrat" likely to prefer improving Serbia's economy rather than concentrating on difficult political issues[16].

His political policies combined authority and moderate economical liberalism — that is, the support of laissez-faire economic policies[17].

Quotations

Mirko Cvetković with Robert Fico during the 2008 state visit to Serbia
Mirko Cvetković with Joseph Biden during the 2009 state visit to Serbia
Mirko Cvetković with George Papandreou in 2010

“That night when we finally reached an agreement, I told the ministers: Gentlemen, this is your budget, I will be ready to accept resignations at 10 a.m.” he said of the 2009 budget much to the dissatisfaction of some ministers”[18].

“I wish everyone personal happiness and health in the next year, and, as our people say – the money will come by itself”, told the public at New Year”[19].

“There is no salvation, but we will survive”, he quoted Serbian Prime Minister Nikola Pašić from history”[20].

Cabinet

Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Saša Dragin
Culture Nebojša Bradić
Defence Dragan Šutanovac
Diaspora Srđan Srećković
Economy and Regional Development Mlađan Dinkić
Education Žarko Obradović
Energy and Mining Petar Škundrić
Environment and Spatial Planning Oliver Dulić
Finance Diana Dragutinović
Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremić
Health Tomica Milosavljević
Human and Minority Rights Svetozar Čiplić
Infrastructure Milutin Mrkonjić
Interior Affairs Ivica Dačić
Justice Snežana Malović
Kosovo and Metohija Goran Bogdanović
Labour and Social Policy Rasim Ljajić
National Investment Plan Verica Kalanović
Public Administration and Local Self-Government Milan Marković
Religion Bogoljub Šijaković
Science and Technological Development Božidar Đelić
Social Affairs Jovan Krkobabić
Telecommunications and Information Society Jasna Matić
Trade and Services Slobodan Milosavljević
Youth and Sports Snežana Samardžić-Marković
Secretary-General Tamara Stojčević

See also

References

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mlađan Dinkić
Minister of Finance of Serbia
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Diana Dragutinović
Preceded by
Vojislav Koštunica
Prime Minister of Serbia
2008 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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