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Damir Polančec

Damir Polančec
Minister of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship
In office
12 January 2008 – 30 October 2009
Prime Minister Ivo Sanader
Preceded by Branko Vukelić
Succeeded by Đuro Popijač
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
17 February 2005 – 30 October 2009
Preceded by Andrija Hebrang
Succeeded by Ivan Šuker
Personal details
Born (1967-06-25) 25 June 1967
Koprivnica, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croat
Political party Croatian Democratic Union
Alma mater University of Zagreb
(Faculty of Agronomy)

Damir Polančec (born in Koprivnica, June 25, 1967) is a Croatian politician. Polančec served as the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship in the Croatian Government of Ivo Sanader and later Jadranka Kosor between 2003 and 2009.

On October 30, 2009, Polančec resigned citing a need to avoid damaging the Government and the party (Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ) due to accusations leveled at him for his involvement in the mismanagement of Podravka.[1]

On March 30, 2010, Polančec was apprehended by the police and questioned by USKOK, regarding his involvement in certain financial transactions between Podravka, MOL Group and OTP Bank. The County Court in Zagreb authorized a longer detention for Polančec and also blocked his estates, at the request of USKOK.[2]

On October 15, 2010, Polančec was sentenced to 15 months in prison for a separate instance of abuse of power, where he approved a fictional expense to a Vukovar-based attorney in return for his clients dropping lawsuits against the government.[3]


  1. ^ "Polančec dao ostavku".  
  2. ^ "Polančecu blokirana imovina radi osiguranja naknade moguće štete".  
  3. ^ "Croatia's ex-deputy PM convicted of abusing post". The Associated Press. October 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
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