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Ivan Jakovčić
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2nd "Minister of European Integration
In office
27 January 2000 – 21 June 2001
Prime Minister "Ivica Račan
Preceded by Post created
Succeeded by "Neven Mimica
Župan of "Istria County
In office
Preceded by Stevo Žufić
Succeeded by Valter Flego
Personal details
Born (1957-11-15) 15 November 1957 (age 60)
"Poreč, "FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality "Croatian
Political party "IDS
"Alma mater "University of Zagreb

Ivan Jakovčić (born 15 November 1957) is a "Croatian politician and former prefect ("Croatian: Župan) of the "Istria County in Croatia (2001-2013).[1]


Political career[edit]

After finishing primary and secondary education in Poreč, Jakovčić graduated from the "University of Zagreb Faculty of Foreign Trade in 1980. In the 1980s Jakovčić worked in exports and marketing divisions of the Istrian company Pazinka and after that became an entrepreneur and took part in investments in "Austria and Croatia. In 1991 he entered politics and was elected chairman of the "Istrian Democratic Assembly (IDS), an Istrian "regional party.

He was elected to the "Croatian Parliament five times, in the "1992, "1995 and "2000 elections. After the opposition won the 2000 elections IDS formed a coalition with the "Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP) and several other parties, and Jakovčić was appointed minister of the newly established "Ministry of European Integration.

However, when IDS decided to leave the ruling coalition in 2001 he resigned and ran in the local elections held the same year. After IDS won the local elections, Jakovčić became the head of the "Istria County, position he held until 2013 after being re-elected in 2005 and 2009.

Jakovčić is also the longest serving party chairman in modern Croatia, having been leader of IDS continuously since 1991. His sixth consecutive term as head of IDS was confirmed by "acclamation at the party convention held on 14 February 2010.[2]

In 2014 he was elected as a deputy in the European Parliament.[3] On October 23, 2014 the European Parliament has received the request the removal of his immunity.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Jakovčić is married with three children. He is fluent in "Italian, "German, "French and "English. He is a self-proclaimed wine "connoisseur and enjoys playing golf.


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