split.jpg
Photograph: HINA / Mario STRMOTIĆ / mm

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.

Latest news

Danish premier and opposition leader reject EU referendum

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen and the leader of the main opposition Social Democrats both reject staging a referendum on the country's membership of the European Union as suggested by eurosceptics.

French PM slams "irresponsible" Fillon over "near-civil war" comment

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve hit back Monday at conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon, accusing him of being "irresponsible" for saying the race was taking place in a climate of "near-civil war."

Serbia opens two more policy areas in its EU accession talks

Serbia on Monday opened two new policy areas in its EU entry talks, thus bringing the number of opened policy areas to eight.

EC: Economic sentiment for Croatia deteriorates in February

The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI), a composite indicator made up of five sectoral confidence indicators, deteriorated for Croatia in February with the subdued confidence of companies from the services and retail sectors having a higher weight than improving consumers' confidence, according to a report released by the European Commission on Monday.

Frankfurt, London exchange operators' stock fall on merger doubts

Shares in the operators of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the Deutsche Boerse fell sharply on Monday after the LSE threw fresh doubts on their planned 29-billion-euro (30.1-billion-dollar) merger to forge Europe's biggest exchange.

ICJ asks Bosnia's leadership to state its position on review request

The State Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina will have to make a clear statement as to whether it supports the request for a review of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) genocide ruling against Serbia, the Croat member of the country's three-member presidency, Dragan Covic, said on Monday.

White Helmets, grateful for Oscar nod, hope for peace in Syria

Members of the Syria Civil Defence group, a neutral team of some 3,000 volunteers providing aid to Syria's rebel-held areas, expressed joy on Monday that a film documenting their work won an Oscar for best short documentary.

Arson attack at French cultural institute in Athens

Unknown assailants have carried out an arson attack on the French cultural institute in Athens, the fire brigade and police reported on Monday.

INA Group posts core business profit of HRK 607 mn

The INA oil and gas group made positive results in 2016, with profit from operations reaching HRK 607 million, compared to a HRK 1.34 billion loss for 2015, the Zagreb-headquartered group stated in a consolidated financial report issued on Monday.

Report: Former Croatian football star Cvetkovic found dead

The former Yugolsavia international and Bundesliga defender Zvezdan Cvetkovic has died, the Croatian state broadcaster HRT reported Monday.

Youth who posted anti-Serb stickers in Vukovar placed in custody

Following a police investigation, a 19-year-old youth from the eastern town of Vukovar, suspected of posting anti-Serb stickers on bus stops along the town's Trpinjska Street, has been placed in custody on the suspicion of inciting violence and hatred, the county police department said on Monday.

US strongly condemns neo-Nazi march in Zagreb

The US Embassy in Zagreb on Monday strongly condemned neo-Nazi and pro-Ustasha views expressed during a demonstration by several dozen people, organised by the non-parliamentary far-right Autochthonous Croatian Party of Rights (A-HSP) in Zagreb on Sunday.