Predrag Matić

Croatian politician
Predrag Fred Matić
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Member of the European Parliament for Croatia
Incumbent
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Member of the Croatian Parliament for the 5th electoral district
In office
28 December 2015 – 2 July 2019
Chairman of SEECP
In office
2016–2017
Minister of Veterans' Affairs
In office
23 December 2011 – 22 January 2016
Prime MinisterZoran Milanović
Preceded byTomislav Ivić
Succeeded byMijo Crnoja
Advisor to the President of Croatia
In office
19 February 2010 – 23 December 2011
PresidentIvo Josipović
Personal details
Born (1962-06-02) 2 June 1962 (age 60)
Slavonska Požega, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Political party Croatian
Social Democratic Party of Croatia
 EU
S&D
Spouse
Svetlana Patković[1]
(m. 1999)
Children1
Alma materUniversity of Osijek
Awards
Military service
Allegiance Croatia
Branch/serviceSeal of the Armed Forces of Croatia.png Croatian Army
RankBrigadir.jpg Brigadier
Battles/warsCroatian War of Independence

Predrag Fred Matić (born 2 June 1962) is a Croatian centre-left politician of the Social Democratic Party who has been serving as a Member of European Parliament since 2019. He previously served as Minister of Veterans' Affairs from 2011 to 2016, in the Cabinet of Zoran Milanović.

Early life

Matić was born in 1962 in Požega, Croatia. He attended University of Osijek from which he graduated with a B.A. in education.[2]

Military career

During the summer of 1991, Matić served in Croatian Armed Forces as one of the defenders of Trpinjska Street in Vukovar, during the Vukovar massacre. He was arrested in November 1991 and throughout nine months was exposed to almost daily torture in Serbian concentration camps. In summer 1992 he was released,[3] and for his bravery and heroism was awarded with numerous medals and military decorations, followed by a discharge with a rank on brigadier of Croatian Army.[4]

Political career

Career in national politics

After the war, Matić worked in the Cabinet of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia and held the post of Chief and Spokesman of General Affairs at its Office from 1994 to 1998. From 1998 to 2000 he was the head of the Ministry of Croatian Veterans and from 2004 to 2005 served as an advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor.[3]

From 2008 to 2009 Matić served as a member of Croatian Parliament and until 2010 served as a member of the management board of Croatian Transparency. From 2010 to 2011[4] he served as Special Advisor to the President of Croatia Ivo Josipović.[3] Following it, he assumed the role of Minister of Defence of Croatia on which he remained until 2016, and same year served as a member of the SDP General Board.[4]

On 28 December 2015 Matić was elected as an MP and represented Social Democratic Party of Croatia from the 5th constituency. On that same day, his candidacy was suspended, and Biljana Gaća was elected instead. He ran again, this time during the 2016 campaign, assuming office until 14 October, but was dropped in January of that year.[2] After his candidacy was dropped, he served as a member of Defence Committee, Gender Equality Committee and the National Security Council.[2]

In addition to his committee assignments, Matić held the post of a Deputy Member of the Croatian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the South-East European Cooperation Process and was also a member of the Interparliamentary Co-operation Committee.[2]

On 14 October 2016, Matić was elected back into an MP, using "Predrag" as his personal name. On 1 March 2019, he changed his name to "Predrag Fred" Matić following his reelection. During those years, since November 2016, he was a head of the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the South-East European Cooperation Process and was a member of the Interparliamentary Co-operation Committee.[5]

Member of the European Parliament, 2019–present

Matić has been a Member of the European Parliament since the 2019 elections. In parliament, he has since been serving on the Committee on Fisheries and on the Committee on Culture and Education.[6] He is an alternate member of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, where he serves as the parliament's rapporteur on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the EU.[7]

In addition to his committee assignments, Matić is part of the Parliament's delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula.[8]

Political positions

In 2018, Matić commented on Aleksandar Vučić's statement that Croatia wanted a country without Serbs, comparing it to Adolf Hitler's comments on how he wanted Germany without Jews.[9]

References

  1. ^ Pavelić, Boris (3 June 2019). "PREDRAG FRED MATIĆ Jedini sam zastupnik u Europskom parlamentu koji je bio zatočenik konc-logora". Novi list (in Croatian). Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "Predrag Matić". Croatian Parliament. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Predrag Matić: heroj Vukovara u predsjedničkim dvorima". Nacional (in Croatian). 4 June 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Predrag Fred Matić" (in Croatian). SDP. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Predrag Fred Matić". Croatian Parliament. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  6. ^ Predrag Fred Matić European Parliament.
  7. ^ Maïa de La Baume (June 23, 2021), Abortion debate in the European Parliament sparks divisions and hatred Politico Europe.
  8. ^ Predrag Fred Matić European Parliament.
  9. ^ "Matić: Mi nemamo mangupa koji bi se suprotstavio Vučiću, Plenković je prefin za to". Novi list (in Croatian). 7 August 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
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