Vesna Pusic

Ex-FM denies irregularities in Brussels building purchase

Former Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic on Friday responded to President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's statement that the purchase of a building in Brussels should be investigated, labelling as untrue the insinuations that there had been irregularities in the purchase during her term.

Croatia's Vesna Pusic named Knight of the French Legion of Honour

The honour also acknowledged Pusic's contribution to cooperation between France and Croatia.

MP says all contracts at Foreign Ministry were lawful

MP Igor Kolman of the Croatian People's Party (HNS) on Wednesday dismissed State Audit Office claims that, when Vesna Pusic (HNS) was foreign minister, her ministry unlawfully paid fees to one employee, saying auditors found no irregularities at the ministry in 2013.

People's Coalition presents its education platform; Milanovic: We're here to continue our job

The People's Coalition on Tuesday presented its education platform at the Rijeka University Campus, with Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader and former prime minister Zoran Milanovic saying that his government's results could not be downplayed and that the SDP-led coalition was offering itself to Croatian citizens to continue the job it had been doing.

Vesna Pusic withdraws UN secretary-general nomination

Former Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic on Thursday withdrew her nomination for the post of UN secretary-general.

Guterres leads in race for UN Secretary-General, Pusic least popular candidate

Antonio Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister, has emerged as the front-runner in the campaign to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the U.N.’s ninth secretary-general, while former Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusic was the least popular candidate with the discouragement of 11 countries.

Pusic on visit to China within her UN Secretary-General bid

Croatian Parliament Deputy Speaker Vesna Pusic, who is one out of the dozen official candidates for the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, has been staying in Beijing for a few days within her campaign for that post, and on that occasion she met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Candidates for UN Secretary-General hold debate, Pusic receives applause

Candidates vying for the post of United Nations Secretary-General, including Croatia's former foreign minister Vesna Pusic, took part in a debate at UN headquarters in New York which was broadcast live for the first time in history.

Milanovic says Brexit won't seriously affect Croatia's stability

Social Democratic Party (SDP) president Zoran Milanovic said on Friday that "Britons will have to live" with their decision to leave the European Union and that this decision would not have serious repercussions for Croatia's stability.

Pusic: Those using hate speech can't harm my UN Secretary-General candidacy

For the first time in history, Croatia has an opportunity to nominate a candidate for the position of the UN Secretary-General. Under the existing rules, Croatia will have that chance again in 50 years.

Group of MPs from Patriotic Coalition writes to UN against Pusic's candidacy

The candidacy of Vesna Pusic has no legal validity because she was nominated by the outgoing government led by Zoran Milanovic, and she exploited the legal vacuum before the formation of the new government, ...

Pusic: Meeting with PM was very good

Former Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic met with Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Thursday to discuss her candidacy for the post of UN Secretary-General.

Karamarko: Pusic isn't our choice but will have government's technical support

He said Pusic would probably also have the Foreign Ministry's technical support. He said he did not hear that signatures against her candidacy were being collected in parliament.

Pusic comments on divisions over her UN bid

A candidate for the position of UN Secretary-General, Vesna Pusic, said in Zagreb on Saturday that the government was not divided over support for her candidacy.

Croatia's candidate for UN Secretary-General interviewed

Croatia's candidate for UN Secretary-General, Vesna Pusic, was interviewed at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday.

PM: Gov't supports Pusic's UN Secretary-General bid

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Wednesday that former Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic enjoyed the government's support as a candidate for the post of UN Secretary-General and that the government would not obstruct her bid.

Pusic says she is 'not a gender-neutral candidate' for U.N. chief

Croatian politician Vesna Pusic, hoping to become the next Secretary-General of the United Nations, says being a woman plays a key role in her election bid by shining a light on her career of gender equality activism, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported.

Opposition HNS won't vote for budget proposal

HNS leader Vesna Pusic criticised the budget proposal as a document without any indications of possible reforms.

HNS chief says coalition with HDZ now not an option

Croatian People's Party (HNS) president Vesna Pusic said on Monday that a coalition between this opposition party and the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) "isn't an option in these conditions."

Pusic: Sending troops to border not a solution to refugee crisis

Croatian People's Party (HNS) leader and former Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic said on Tuesday that deploying troops to the border is not the way to deal with the ongoing refugee crisis.

Two deputy parliament speakers from opposition ranks elected

Vesna Pusic of the Croatian People's Party (HNS) and Milanka Opacic of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) are the new deputy speakers of the Croatian parliament, elected from the ranks of the opposition, deputies decided on Wednesday with a majority vote and without a debate.

Pusic worried about new govt's "very threatening potential"

"There are probably some decent people (in the new government), however, its worldview makes it rather scary," Pusic told reporters.

Pusic says three months of searching for ministers not good

She said that "it would be logical to allow all parliamentary deputies to discuss such an important matter as the appointment of a new government."

Croatia officially nominates first female candidate for UN chief

Croatia officially nominated its foreign minister, Vesna Pusic, for the post of UN secretary general, becoming the first country to put forward a woman for the post that has always been held by a man, according to a letter seen by dpa Friday.

Karamarko says will discuss Pusic's candidacy for U.N. secretary general position

"We will talk about it. I believe that the procedure has not been respected and owing to the outgoing government Croatia has embarrassed itself properly," Karamarko told the press.

Caretaker PM to resubmit Pusic's candidacy for U.N. secretary general position

"The prime minister will resubmit the candidacy of the First Deputy Prime Minister for the position of the U.N. Secretary General, given that the decision about has already been made," the source told Hina.

Croatian FM urges Slovenia to treat refugees better

...  Croatia had the best supervision and organisation in tackling the migrant crisis compared to other countries through which refugees are passing on their way from Turkey to Germany.

HNS chief in favour of new poll if PM-designate hasn't enough signatures

 She said that as far as that issue is concerned the Constitution is clear - if someone has 76 signatures supporting one person then the President can appoint that person and prime minister-designate.

Croatian FM writes to EC over Slovenian border fence

The razor-wire fence that is being put along the Croatian-Slovenian border is an impassable barrier to migrating wild animal species in one of the best preserved corners of Europe, 

Pusic: Serbia will have to secure financing for Croatian minority media

I hope we will manage to reach a bilateral agreement on this matter before it is included on the agenda of Serbia-EU accession negotiations

Pusic: Migrant crisis and terrorism can be dealt with through development cooperation

Pusic said that many of the current crises, such as the migrant crisis and terrorism, could be dealt with through development cooperation with countries where these problems resulted from poverty and war. 

Pusic: Serbia's EU membership in interest of Croatia the most

I believe that of all EU members, this is in the interest of Croatia the most and in the interest of neighbouring countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, ...

Pusic: Western Balkan countries important for European and global stability

Speaking to the press during the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting, Pusic said she disagreed with the assessment by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic that the Balkans was a "powder keg".

Pusic congratulates Montenegro on NATO membership invitation

Pusic said that she could not remember that "there has ever been such a disproportion between a country's size and its contribution to regional, European and global security."

FM: Croatia's engagement in Afghanistan to remain same

Croatia will continue to deploy 84 officers and soldiers and it may reduce its contingent to 70 stoops in the second half of the next year, Pusic told Croatian reporters.

Pusic: Biden's visit marks return of US to this part of world

"Croatia is a staunch American ally and we have been closely cooperating in that regard for years, it's a traditional alliance. 

EU states realise their security depends on S-E Europe, says Pusic

The conference drew foreign ministers of western Balkan countries, Germany, Italy and Croatia, and a Slovenian representative.

HNS condemns terror attacks in Paris in strongest terms

The Croatian People's Party - Liberal Democrats (HNS) has condemned in the strongest terms terrorist attacks which took place in Paris on Friday evening.

HNS chief calls for level-headed talks on next gov't

"When it comes to the next government, I believe that with a decent and rational approach the HNS and 'Croatia is growing', together with the IDS (Istrian Democratic Party) ...

HDZ outraged by PM's nomination of Vesna Pusic for UN Secretary-General

Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic's secret nomination of his colleague Vesna Pusic for the post of UN Secretary-General is outrageous and scandalous and constitutes an attack on the state

FM: Croatia has complied with all 17 refugee crisis points

Croatia has complied with all 17 points agreed at the recent European Commission meeting on the refugee crisis, Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic said on Thursday 

Pusic: Croatia moving from decline to growth

There is absolutely no dilemma that things have improved but we mustn't stop here. We still have a lot of room for progress and need to conduct a good campaign ...

Pusic hopes agreement will be reached to turn back economic migrants

Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic expressed hope on Sunday that the outcome of a mini summit on the migrant crisis along the Balkan route would be an agreement ...

Pusic says Slovenia refusing joint registration of migrants on trains

The Slovenian authorities have refused a proposal by Croatia to conduct joint registration of refugees on board Croatian trains taking them to Slovenia, ...

Pusic: Croatia transformed from aid recipient to aid provider

Croatia is an active participant in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (2013-2015) and at one time chaired and vice-chaired its Integration Segment.

SDP, HNS to take loans to finance election campaign

Asked if the campaign would be dirty, Grcic said no, adding that the other side was not their enemy but their political opponent.

Pusic says Croatia wants agreement on refugees

Croatia wants an agreement on refugees with Slovenia but one cannot be reached if 7,000 or 8,000 people enter Croatia and 2,500 Slovenia,

Croatian FM, diplomats visit future refugee camp in Slavonski Brod

Pusic and the diplomats visited the Opatovac camp earlier in the day.

FM: Croatia will have to seal its border if Germany, Austria and Slovenia do

Croatia doesn't wish to seal its border to refugees, but  will have no other option if Slovenia, Austria and Germany decide to do so,

Croatian FM: If Germany closes borders, Croatia will too

As long as Germany keeps its borders open to all migrants it is possible to let people through to reach their final destination, ...

Pusic says EU, Turkey must agree on cooperation in refugee crisis

Speaking about refugees who have been arriving in Croatia in large numbers in recent days, Pusic said that Croatia had shown that coping with refugees in difficult circumstances could be done "humanely and with respect."