About the Information Commissioner

The Information Commissioner protects, monitors and promotes the right to access to information and reuse of information guaranteed by Constitution of the Republic of Croatia. The Commissioner, based on a public call, is elected by the Croatian Parliament for a period of five years with the possibility of re-election.

The Commissioner’s basic duties relate to the implementation of second-instance proceedings in matters of access to information and re-use of information, inspection supervision, law enforcement, establishment of international cooperation and cooperation with EU bodies and domestic expert cooperation and cooperation with public authorities, informing the public and promoting the right to information access, proposing measures and training programs in the area of access to information.

The Commissioner is independent and independent in its work and is responsible to the Croatian Parliament.

The Information Commissioner

At its session held on November 21, 2018, the Croatian Parliament has elected Mr. Zoran Pičuljan, PhD  for the new Information Commissioner.

Zoran Pičuljan, Ph.D.

Zoran Pičuljan, PhD graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb in 1983, where he completed his M.Sc. in 2005 and PhD in 2012. He has performed a number of duties in the State Administration and Diplomacy: Counselor of the Deputy Prime Minister for Legal Affairs (1992-1993); Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Consular Affairs, International Law and Croatian Diaspora (1993-1994); Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to the Ministry (1994 – 1998); Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the Czech Republic (1998-2002); Ambassador to the Ministry and Head of the Department for Diplomatic Education of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (2003-2005); Deputy State Secretary at the Central State Administrative Office (2005-2008); State Secretary at the Ministry of Justice (2008 – 2011); Deputy Minister of Administration (2012-2016). From 2016 to 2018 he has been working at the Baltazar ZapreÅ¡ić Polytechnic, where he holds a specialist degree program in Public Sector Management. He is a longtime lecturer at Consular Law at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, a permanent lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy and guest lecturer at numerous higher education institutions.

He has participated in the drafting and adoption of the Law on the Prevention of Conflicts of Interest, the Ombudsman Act, the Law on Access to Information and a number of regulations in the area of education, higher education, scientific research, foreign affairs, administration and civil rights. He has published four books in the area of law (fifth in preparation for the press) and three books in the area of promotion of Croatian culture, thirty scientific and professional papers in the field of administrative law and administration, civil law and diplomatic and consular law.

He is a member of the Scientific Council for Peace and Human Rights, the Scientific Council for State Administration, Justice and Rule of Law of the Croatian Academy of Science and Art, and the President of the Foundation Foundation of the Foundation Dr. sc. Jadranko Crnić. He is also a member of the Croatian Heritage Foundation, Institute of Public Administration, the Academy of Legal Sciences and the Croatian Diplomatic Club.

Information Commissioner 2013-2018 - Anamarija Musa, PhD

Anamarija Musa, PhD

Dr Musa graduated from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb in 1999, earned a Master’s Degree in European Politics and Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2004, and earned a PhD in 2009 at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb on the topic of Europeanization and the agency model of public administration. From the 2001 she was employed at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, first as a junior researcher, then a research assistant, then a senior teaching assistant and from 2010 as an assistant professor at the Department of Administrative Science. In July 2015, she was elected to the scientific title of senior research associate.

She has published over thirty scientific and professional papers, has participated in over thirty scientific and professional conferences, and has participated in a dozen research projects. She is a member of the Croatian Academy of Legal Sciences, the Institute of Public Administration, the Miko Tripalo Centre for Democracy and Law, and the International Political Science Association. She has participated in several public administration reform projects regarding the status of civil servants, administrative procedure, functional audits and the like. She was employed as a member of expert committees and working groups for drafting laws, as well as a consultant for international institutions, such as the OECD Sigma.