Croatian PM says situation with migrant crisis very serious

The situation with the migrant crisis in the European Union is very serious and it can only be solved with joint effort, Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said in Brussels on Thursday.

The situation is very serious. We need to see how it will develop in the next three to four weeks, Oreskovic said upon arriving for a summit of EU leaders to focus on the migrant crisis and future relations with Great Britain.

On Wednesday evening Oreskovic attended a working dinner focusing on the Western Balkan migrant route. The event was organised by European Council President Donald Tusk and was attended by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Slovenian PM Miro Cerar, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn.

Underlining the importance of communication between countries on the Western Balkan migrant route, Oreskovic said: "It is important that we cooperate and have open communication. (The migrant crisis) is a problem not only for the Western Balkans, but for the whole Europe and we will have to deal with it together."

Earlier in the day, Oreskovic held talks with EC President Juncker.

He said that he informed the EC president of his plans to activate dormant capital to reduce the country's foreign debt, on plans to absorb 10.7 billion euros available to Croatia in EU funds, and to establish a half-billion euro fund to stimulate investments by small and medium businesses.

Before the EU summit, Oreskovic also held a brief meeting with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and attended a meeting of the leaders of the Visegrad Group countries (Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia), to which the prime ministers of Croatia and Slovenia were also invited.

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