Croatia's Prime Minister-designate Andrej Plenkovic is a lawyer with a varied diplomatic career, born in Zagreb in 1970.
Plenkovic graduated from the Zagreb Faculty of Law in 1993, where he also completed post-graduate studies in international public and private law.
As a student he worked as a volunteer translator at the European Community Monitoring Mission in Croatia in 1991/92.
In 1994 Plenkovic started working at the Croatian Foreign Ministry's Department for European Integration. He was in charge of relations with the Council of Europe and the European Union, including talks on Croatia's agreement on cooperation with the EU.
In 1995, he was appointed the head of then Deputy Foreign Minister Ivan Simonovic's office.
In October 1997 Plenkovic was named the head of the Department for European Integration and remained in that post until 2001.
He was a member of the negotiating team for the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and a deputy secretary-general in charge of organising the Zagreb Summit of Heads of State and Government of EU and Southeast European Countries, the highest-level meeting held until then in Croatia.
Between 2002 and 2005 he was the deputy head of the Croatian Mission at the EU in Brussels, in charge of coordinating the Mission's political activities.
From 2005 to 2010 he held the post of Deputy Ambassador in France, in charge of political and organisational affairs.
Upon returning to Zagreb, from April 2010 to December 2011 he was the State Secretary for European integration in the government led by Jadranka Kosor.
As State Secretary, he held the posts of political director for EU issues and co-chaired the Croatia-EU Committee on Stabilisation and Association, was the national coordinator of the EU's Danube Strategy and co-chaired several international commissions.
Plenkovic joined the HDZ in 2011. He is a member of the HDZ Delegation in the European People's Party club of deputies in the European Parliament.
He was a member of Croatian parliamentary committees on foreign affairs, European integration, justice, environmental protection, and inter-parliamentary cooperation.
In 2013 he was elected a member of the European Parliament on the slate of the HDZ and its partners.
In intra-party elections in July 2016, in which, contrary to announcements, he was the sole candidate, Plenkovic was elected president of the HDZ. A total of 97,823 of the 208,277 HDZ members voted for him.
Plenkovic is fluent in English, French and Italian. He has a working knowledge of German.
He is married with one child.