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Neven Mimica

European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development

Neven Mimica is the Commissioner in charge of International cooperation and Development. He has served in this position since 2014, and is responsible for: ensuring the EU delivers on its commitments to the Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty; setting out the Commission and EU positions for the negotiations on the United Nations Millennium Development Goal agenda after 2015; working with national governments to make the EU's development aid more effective; and launching negotiations on a revised Cotonou agreement with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. His political career began in 1997 as the Assistant Minister, then Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs; Chief negotiator for the Stabilization and Association Agreement and WTO accession, in 2001, he became the Minister of European Integration, and in 2004, he became a Member of Parliament for the Social Democratic Party in Croatia. He held varies positions in Croatian politics, before becoming European Commissioner for Consumer Policy in 2013. Mr Mimica is of Croatian nationality, and holds a master’s in Economics from the University of Zagreb. He is married with two children.