A meeting on cooperation in maritime security and border protection was held in Split on Monday ahead of tomorrow's joint demonstration exercise in Split's waters on migrant reception and assistance and the terror threat.
The meeting was organised by Croatia's interior and defence ministries and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
It was attended by Croatian Defence Minister Josip Buljevic, Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic, Frontex executive director Fabrice Leggeri, a representative of the Interior Ministry of Slovakia, which chairs the Council of the European Union, Alexandra Zvalova, and representatives of the Croatian Navy and Coast Guard as well as Bulgaria, Italy, Greece and Spain.
The meeting was organised to discuss current migration issues, the EU's response and the establishment of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Orepic said Croatia had positioned itself as a creator and active carrier of the EU's security policy and that it would continue to do this job.
Responding to questions from the press, he reiterated that Croatia did not expect a new migrant flow because the realisation of the Turkey-EU agreement was being intensively worked on.
Asked if Croatia had quality resources to protect its borders, Orepic said the Coast Guard was protecting the 12th mile and Croatia's territorial waters and that tomorrow's exercise at the Lora naval base would show that Croatia was capable of being part of the European Coast Guard, which would enable it to use EU funds to renew and improve its fleet.
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, which will focus on critical points such as the Turkish-Bulgarian and the Italian borders, will have 1,500 people, including 65 from Croatia, Orepic said.
Defence Minister Buljevic said Croatia would be ready for all options and recalled that Croatian ships had participated in a joint operation in the Mediterranean.
Frontex director Leggeri thanked the two Croatian ministers on excellent cooperation.