Minister of European integration

Jadranka Joksimović,
Minister of European Integration

Министар за европске интеграције Ј. ЈоксимовићShe was born in 1978 in Belgrade, where she finished primary and secondary school. She graduated at the top of her class from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, in academic year 2001/2002, at the Department of International Relations. She completed her Master’s studies at the Faculty of Economy and Political Sciences, ALFA University in Belgrade, in 2013. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in political science at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade.

She received The Promising Generation scholarship of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in 2001, as well as the scholarship of the Fund for Young Talents of the Government of the Republic of Serbia For the most talented students in Serbia in 2000/2001. She began her career as a Demonstrator at the Faculty of Political Sciences for the courses of Diplomacy and Diplomatic History and Economy of Transition.

From 2006 to 2007, she worked in the Serbian Radical Party as an associate of Aleksandar Vučić for international relations.

She was one of the signatories and founders of the Serbian Progressive Party in 2008.

From 2007 to mid-2008, she worked at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia as an expert associate of parliamentary group Napred Srbijo (eng. Go forth, Serbia).

From 2009 to 2012, she was Editor of municipal newsletter Zemunske novine (eng. Zemun newspaper).

She participated in the European Visitors Programme (EUVP), a programme for learning about the institutions of the European Union, in 2009, in Brussels/Strasbourg.

In May 2012, she was elected Member of Parliament in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia from the Serbian Progressive Party list. In the Serbian National Assembly, she was president of the Security Services Control Committee. During her time as president of the Committee, the Committee’s mechanisms for the control of the work of security services were significantly improved.

She was also a member of the European Integration Committee, member of the Joint Committee for Stabilisation and Association, member of the Permanent Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Head of delegation of the Central European Initiative, and president of the Friendship Group with Turkey.

She was first appointed Minister without portfolio in charge of European integration in the Government of the Republic of Serbia on 27 April 2014. Following the early parliamentary elections, on 11 August 2016, she was reappointed Minister without portfolio in charge of European integration.

In 2017, following the establishment of the Ministry of European Integration, Jadranka Joksimović was appointed Minister of European Integration in the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

She received The Best European award for 2015, awarded by the First European House organisation in the field of politics and five more categories. In 2015, the Serbian Lobbyists Association awarded Jadranka Joksimović the Plaque for developing theory and practice of transparent lobbying and representation. In May 2015, in the Assembly of the City of Belgrade, she received the Rainbow award for contribution to the fight against homophobia and transphobia awarded by the Gay−Straight Alliance.

In 2018, the Faculty of Economics, University of Niš, awarded Jadranka Joksimović the Certificate of Appreciation for affirming the integration of theory and practice in the field of trade negotiations.

She received the award for outstanding contribution to the improvement of infrastructure in the industrial zone of Bojnik municipality (October 2018).

At the meeting of the Executive Board of the International Women’s Democrat Union (IWDU), held in December 2019 in Washington, Joksimović was unanimously elected one of the vice presidents of the International Women’s Democrat Union (IWDU).

She is a member of the Main Committee and the Presidency of the Serbian Progressive Party. By decision of the president of the party, she was appointed International Secretary of the Serbian Progressive Party.

She is fluent in English, and also speaks German.