Local elections were held in Croatia on 16 May 2021. In the first round of the election, no candidate could reach the necessary percent of the votes, and then the second round of the election was held on 30 May 2021.
More than 38,000 candidates participated in the two-round elections, and new local governors were elected of 428 municipalities, 127 metropolitan municipalities and 21 cantons. While the participation rate in the cantonal elections was 37,96 %, the turnout in the municipal elections reached 43 %.
In the local election, the Croatian Democratic Union Party won 187 municipalities and 15 cantons. The Croatian Democratic Union Party won only in the city of Osijek out of the four big cities of the country. At the end of the second round in the capital Zagreb, Tomislav Tomashevich from the alliance called “We can do it” won the election and became the new mayor of Zagreb. Kristina Baniçek from the Social Democratic Movement in Sisak city became the mayor for the third time. Ivica Puljak, the candidate of the “Center” list, defined as Liberals, won the election in Split city which is the largest city in the Dalmatian region. In Rijeka city, the candidate of the Social Democratic Movement Party won with 54.48 percent of the votes.
Cooperation of TDBB and Croatia
Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and Union of Croatian Municipalities (HZO) signed a Cooperation Agreement on 17 September 2020. Moreover, TDBB organized “Information and Experience Sharing Program” for Croatian Mayors on 02-08 February 2020. The program was attended by the President of the Union of Croatian Municipalities and Mayor of Jasenice Martin Baricevic, Mayor of Kostaynica Dalibor Biscan, Mayor of Slatina Denis Ostrošić, Mayor of Darda Anto Vukoe and Director of the Union of Croatian Municipalities Mladen Pushkaric. Furthermore, International Balkan Annual Conference (IBAC) was organized in cooperation with TDBB and other supporting organizations and held in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, on 26-28 September 2018. During this visit to Croatia, TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak held a series of meetings in Croatia.