Commodity reserves valued at almost HRK 12 million have been distributed to migrants and the Ministry of Finance approved an additional HRK 20 million on Monday for this purpose, Economy Minister Ivan Vrdoljak said on Tuesday.
Vrdoljak was visiting the Flammifer company which handed over 12 tank trucks valued at HRK 16.5 million to the state's Commodity Reserves. Vrdoljak told reporters that so far almost HRK 12 million in food and fuel had been issued during the refugee crisis. He noted that this included the cost of supplying all those involved in helping refugees, including the police, army and Red Cross volunteers.
He added that at not one moment would stocks be allowed to be less than seventy percent of the usual reserves and that the needs of Croatian citizens must not come into question. He added that Croatia can finance the replenishing of commodity reserves, but it will be necessary to include the European Union (EU).