Ministarstvo vanjskih i europskih poslova RH

Marija Pejčinović Burić, M.A.

Marija Pejèinoviæ Buriæ, MA, Assistant Minister


  • 1963.


  • English,  French, Spanish – active knowledge;
  • German - passive knowledge


  • 1993 - 1994 College of Europe, Bruges (Belgium) and Warsaw (Poland), College of Europe scholarship; Post-graduate study – Master of Science in European Studies
  • 1980 - 1985 University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia
    Bachelor of Science Degree


  • November 17, 2016 - Appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
  • 2013-2016 European Policy Expert – Independent consultancy (work on EU, UNDP and bilaterally funded projects in the candidate and potential candidate countries, as well as in European Neighbourhood countries)

  • 2008-2011 Deputy in the Croatian Parliament:
    Chairperson of the delegation to Croatia - EU Joint Parliamentary Committee
    Head of the delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
    Member of European Integration Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee, National Committee for the Follow-up of Negotiations
    Member or alternate member of the Croatian Parliament delegations to Parliamentary Assemblies (PA) of the Council of Europe, Western European Union, Parliamentary Mediterranean Union
    Member of the Parliamentary Public Relations Committee, PA Western European Union; Economic and Development Committee, PA Council of Europe; Chairperson of the Sub-committee for Development, PA Council of Europe
    Chairperson of the Croatian – USA Friendship Society in the Croatian Parliament

  • 2005-2008 State Secretary for European Integration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration
  • 2004-2005  State Secretary at the Ministry of European Integration
  • 2000-2004 Assistant Minister at the Ministry of European Integration
  • 2006-2008  Member of the Croatian Negotiation Team, Negotiator for Chapters External Relations,  Foreign, Security and Defence Policy, Institutions
    and Other Issues
  • 2006-2008 chairperson of the Croatia - Baden-Württemberg Mixed Commission
  • 2005 - 2006 Member of the working group “Free movement of capital” in the Negotiation Team
  • 2006- 2008  Chairperson for Croatia in the EU Stabilisation and Association Committee 
  • 2005-2006 National Coordinator for Assistance Programmes and Co-operation with the EU
  • 2004-2006 National Coordinator for ISPA Programme
  • 2000-2001 Member of negotiating team for Stabilisation and Association Agreement Croatia - EU
  • 1997-2000  Director of Corporate Communications, PLIVA Inc., Zagreb
  • 1995-1997  Associate for foreign trade, "Končar Inženjering", Zagreb
  • 1991-1994 Secretary General of the Europe House Zagreb; Deputy Secretary General of the European Movement Croatia
  • 1988-1991 Expert Associate for Foreign Trade, “Končar Engineering”, Zagreb


  • 2003-2011  Lecturer at the seminars of the Diplomatic Academy of Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, 2003 - 2010: History of European Integration and Founding Treaties; Parliamentary Democracy; EU Institutions and the Decision Making Process
  • 2012-2013  Lecturer at the seminars of the State School for Public Administration - the Lisbon Treaty
  • 1991- Lecturer at seminars and conferences on European integration in Croatia and abroad 


  • Member of the Board of Directors of CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies), Brussels, since 2016
  • Participant in the scientific project “Europeisation of the Croatian Public Administration”, 2006 - 2011
  • Member of the editorial board: journal "Croatian and Comparative Public Administration" magazine, since 2005
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the “” magazine,  2004 - 2008
  • Member of the Board of Management of the Alliance française in Zagreb, 2003-2013
  • Member of the Board of Management of the Foundation for Civil Society Development, 2003 - 2008
  • Vice-President for Central Europe, Institut Robert Schuman for Europe (IRSE), Chantilly, 1996-1997
  • Representative of the Croatian Section at the European Committee of the Europe at School/ L’Europe a l’Ecole, 1995-1996
  • Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia, Alps Adriatic Working Community, Working Group for Youth, 1991 -1993


  • Role of the Croatian Parliament in the European Integration, Etudes europeennes, ENA, Strasbourg, 2011
  • Reversing the sharp Decline in Youth Unemployment, Report to the PA Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2011
  • Council of Europe as a Promoter of European Integration: Case Study Croatia, Crossroads, Skopje, 2010
  • The Efficiency of the Use of the EU Pre-Accession Funds in Croatia, Croatian Public Administration – 3, Zagreb, 2010
  • EUphorie in Kroatien, Kulturreport, Fortschritt Europa, Stuttgart, 2004
  • Should we discard Croatian Identity while joining the EU?, Croatian Identity in the EU, Centre for Advancing of the Church Social Tenet, Zagreb, 2003
  • A brief Overview of the History of European Integration, Croatia and Europe, European Movement Croatia and Europe House Zagreb, Zagreb 1997
  • Co-operation in the south-east Europe, Europe House Zagreb Seminar, Zagreb, 1996
  • Last Chance for Peace in Bosnia and Croatia, The Sunday Times, Valletta, February, 1996
  • Istria and European Integration, Istrian Club Conference, Zagreb, 1995
  • Phare: a part of Strategy for EU Integration, Europe House Zagreb Seminar, 1995
  • All about Phare Programme, Pan Liber, Osijek, 1994
  • The Goals and Consequences of the Previous Enlargements, Europe House Zagreb Seminar, April 1994
  • The European East Today: So close to the West, so far away from the God – Romania and Bulgaria, EM Magazine, Zagreb, June 1994
  • The European East Today: How did the European Steel Overcast - cases of Hungary and Albania, EM Magazine, Zagreb, May 1994
  • L’Elargissement de l’Union europeenne, Collège d’Europe, La these de DEA, Bruges – Varsovie, 1994

    Editor in Chief of PLIVA Magazine (1997 – 1999) and Euroforum, MEI magazine (2002 – 2005)