The European Commission has awarded EUR 16.43 million in emergency funding to Croatia to support the country in managing the high influx of migrants and improve the situation on the ground, according to a press release on Friday.
"With this decision, we continue to show our support to EU countries confronted with increasing asylum and migratory pressure. We are making €16.43 million available to the Croatian authorities to improve border management and deal with the high influx of third country nationals," said Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship.
The funding comes from the Internal Security Fund – Borders and Visa (ISF) and from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) which make available EUR 3.99 million and EUR 12.43 million respectively.
The funding will be used to finance measures, taken since 16 September, to increase the presence of police staff at the Croatian-Serbian border to improve management, as well to improve conditions in temporary accommodation centres.
The Commission's emergency funding comes on top of the regular AMIF and ISF funds which Croatia will soon receive for the implementation of their national programmes for the period 2014-2020. The national programmes are in the final stages of their negotiations and foresee a basic amount of respectively EUR 17.1 million and EUR 35.6 million.
The Croatian Interior Ministry said on Friday that 332,472 migrants had entered Croatia since September 16, when they began arriving.