Berislav Rončević

Berislav Rončević (born 23 June 1960[1][2]) is a Croatian politician, and the former Minister of Internal Affairs in the Croatian Government and the Minister of Defense.

Berislav Rončević
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Berislav Rončević (right) in a meeting with Donald Rumsfeld
10th Minister of Defence of Croatia
In office
23 December 2003 – 12 January 2008
Prime MinisterIvo Sanader
Preceded byŽeljka Antunović
Succeeded byBranko Vukelić
Minister of the Interior
In office
12 January 2008 – 10 October 2008
Prime MinisterIvo Sanader
Preceded byIvica Kirin
Succeeded byTomislav Karamarko
Personal details
Born (1960-06-23) 23 June 1960 (age 59)
Borovik, Đakovo, FPR Yugoslavia
Political partyCroatian Democratic Union
Alma materUniversity of Zagreb

Rončević was born in the village of Borovik near Đakovo.[2] He graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb in 1985.[1][2]

Rončević has been a member of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) since 1990.[2] He began his political career in the party in the town of Našice, and afterwards within the Osijek-Baranja County. He was assistant to the mayor, and later mayor of Našice himself.[2] He has been a representative in the Croatian Parliament since 2000.[2] After parliamentary elections in 2003 he took on the portfolio of defence minister. [2]

In December 2010, Rončević was sentenced to four years in prison for alleged improprieties during acquisition of army trucks in 2004.[3] After his guilty verdict was vacated by the Supreme Court in April 2013,[4] Rončević was acquitted in the second trial in January 2014.[5]

Rončević is married and a father of four.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Berislav Rončević". (in Croatian). Croatian Parliament. Archived from the original on 28 April 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Životopis novog ministra obrane Berislava Rončevića". (in Croatian). HINA. 23 December 2003. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Afera kamioni: Rončević i Bačić neće moći vratiti 10,2 milijuna kn". Večernji list (in Croatian). 6 December 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Afera Kamioni ponovno na sudu: Berislav Rončević i Ivica Bačić ponovili da nisu krivi". Večernji list (in Croatian). 27 May 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Sud odlučio: Bivši HDZ-ov ministar obrane Rončević nije kriv!". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.