Vlaho Orepic

Croatian Interior minister says Balkan migration route doesn't exist

The so-called Balkan route does not exist and the number of migrants arriving along it, is negligible, Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said in Zupa Dubrovacka on Monday.

Croatia can't meet relocation quota since refugees doesn't want to come

Croatia's Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic has said in an interview with Deutsche Welle that Croatia is committed to fulfilling its obligation in connection with the migrant relocation quota, but the problem is that migrants do not see Croatia as their desirable destination.

Orepic: Croatia's goal is to join Schengen area as soon as possible

The Croatian police force was formally presented on Wednesday with 23 new multi-function vehicles for increased border control, worth 2.8 million euros.

Orepic denies accusations levelled by migrants against police

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic has called on non-governmental organisations to provide evidence of the alleged harassment of migrants by the Croatian police, saying that the police have no such evidence.

Interior Ministry dismisses HRW's claims that police are forcing aslyum seekers back to Serbia

The Croatian Ministry of the Interior on Friday dismissed as untruths and insinuations the claims by Human Rights Watch that Croatian police were turning asylum seekers back to Serbia, in some cases using force, without giving them an opportunity to apply for protection.

Croatian, Serbian ministers of interior discuss migrants

Croatian Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Thursday that he had agreed with his Serbian counterpart Nebojsa Stefanovic for the police chiefs of the two countries to meet and determine procedures to deal with new security challenges.

Minister says level 3 alert in force, no indications of possible attacks

Croatia's Minister of the Interior Vlaho Orepic said on Saturday that Level 3 alert was in force in Croatia ahead of New Year's Eve but that nothing indicated any possible attacks on places where a large number of people gathered.

Level 3 alert in force in Croatia, says minister

Croatia's Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Thursday that a level-3 alert, which includes intensified security measures, was in force in Croatia now, and recalled that Croatia was put on the same elevated level of alert last year as well as that there were no indications a terror attack could happen in the country.

Croatian and Austrian interior ministers meet to discuss Schengen zone, migrant crisis

Croatia and Austria are connected by a long tradition of friendship and cooperation in security, Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said in Zagreb on Monday, praising Croatia for its management of the migrant crisis and expressing support for its accession to the Schengen passport-free zone as soon as possible.

Orepic says has highlighted message of Cons. Court judges' selection

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic has said that his criticism regarding the Constitutional Court is aimed at highlighting the message that Court has made through the manner how justices of that court, "notably one justice", have been selected and underscored that he does not want to interfere with the work of the Constitutional Court or the judicial authorities.

Croatian President: Officials should refrain from commenting on Constitutional Court's work

Reacting to a statement by Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic that the Constitutional Court's judges were the biggest threat to national security, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Thursday that it was necessary to respect the tripartite division of government and that officials in the executive government should refrain from commenting on the work of that court.

Minister: There are no problems with migrants at Tovarnik border crossing

Croatian Minister of the Interior Vlaho Orepic on Sunday visited Tovarnik, close to the border with Serbia, reporting afterwards that the situation there was stable and that there were no signs of any problems regarding migrants.

PM and minister wish best to Croatian Police on their day

Croatia's Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic and Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic on Thursday sent letters of congratulations to the national police forces that mark Police Day on September 29, the day of St. Michael, the patron saint of Croatian police.

Bridge members delighted with results of exit polls

Members of the Bridge party and its supporters on Sunday welcomed with applause and euphoric shouts the results of exit polls showing that the party is set to win 11 seats in the parliament after it came third in Croatia's snap election.

Interior minister: Croatia is part of humane solution to migrant crisis

Croatia is part of a humane solution to the migration crisis and will continue to take in migrants in accordance with its commitments, Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said in the eastern border town of Tovarnik on Friday.

Orepic says Oreskovic held consultations before going to Germany

Caretaker Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Saturday that Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic had consulted him about the migration and refugee issue ahead of today's meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Croatian Foreign Minister: Hatemongers in Serbia again active

Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac on Monday dismissed the latest accusations from Serbian Labour Minister Aleksandar Vulin who compared the situation in Croatia with that in the World War II Nazi-styled Independent State of Croatia (NDH), saying that on-call hatemongers in Serbia were again active.

Orepic urges Pupovac not to discuss issue of false residence registration outside its main context

Minister of the Interior Vlaho Orepic on Sunday called on Serb National Council (SNV) president Milorad Pupovac not to discuss the issue of false residence registrations outside its main context and particularly not in the context of inter-ethnic relations.  

Croatian Serb official says minister's statement worrying

The president of the Serb National Council (SNV), Milorad Pupovac, has described as worrying the statement by Minister of the Interior Vlaho Orepic that the Serb minority in Vukovar had manipulated the registration of residence in that eastern city and that after false residence registrations were removed, "there will no longer be any legal grounds for the use of the Cyrillic script in Vukovar."

Serbian minister slams Orepic's statement about Vukovar Serbs

In a statement carried by the Serbian public broadcaster RTS, Stefanovic said this was an attempt to "deny the few Serbs who have not been expelled from Croatia the right to use their language and script."

Petrov heading Bridge slate in Constituency No. 10, Orepic in Constituency No. 1

Bridge leader Bozo Petrov confirmed on Friday that he would be heading his party's slate in Constituency No. 10 and that Vlaho Orepic would be heading the slate in Constituency No. 1, which covers Zagreb, dismissing remarks that he was not running in Constituency No. 1 because he was afraid of the confrontation with Social Democratic Party leader Zoran Milanovic and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic.

Orepic: By mid August 50,000 falsely registered residents to be struck from register

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic on Friday claimed that about 50,000 falsely registered residents would be struck from the register by mid August and that this was a problem that none of the previous governments had "bothered to deal with," yet it was open to manipulation at elections.

First group of relocated migrants welcomed in Zagreb

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic and the head of the European Commission Representation to Croatia, Branko Baricevic, welcomed the first group of migrants outside the Porin reception centre for asylum seekers in Zagreb on Friday.

Croatia could join Schengen Area after 2018

Croatia could wrap up preparations for joining the Schengen Area by the end of 2016 and join after 2018, Foreign Minister Miro Kovac and Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Friday.

Interior Ministry gets another border surveillance helicopter

Croatia received at Zagreb airport on Tuesday an AW 139 helicopter for border surveillance that was procured with funds from the Schengen Instrument for EUR 15.7 million.

PM, ministers discuss Croat hooliganism at Euro 2016

Attending the meeting were Foreign Minister Miro Kovac, Minister of the Interior Vlaho Orepic, Justice Minister Ante Sprlje and Science, Education and Sports Minister Predrag Sustar.

First 50 refugees to be redistributed to Croatia in June

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic on Friday said in Brussels that next month Croatia would begin with the process of relocation of refugees from Greece and Italy and resettlement directly from Syria.

Minister says case of police headquarters break-in solved

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic on Friday said that the resolution of the case of stolen gold and cash from a safe in police headquarters showed that the Croatian police was among the most efficient in Europe.

Croatia soon to take in first refugees from Turkey, Greece, Italy

The Council will take note of progress on the proposal for a European border guard, on which the Council adopted its position on 6 April 2016.

Several police officials resign over Criminal Investigation Department robbery

Orepic said disciplinary proceedings would probably be launched against Dolacki, and he did not give any more detail about the ongoing investigation.

Situation in Croatia stable and safe, says interior minister

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Wednesday, in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attack in Brussels, that the security situation in Croatia was stable and that the higher alert level referred to enhanced monitoring of all communication points.

Karamarako: Orepic answers to the PM and me

"I'm aware that he is a minister. He certainly is a minister and being a minister entails obligations. Being a minister means that you have to deal with problems and that you must not become a problem yourself," Karamarko said.

Interior minister, unions talk ministry reorganisation

"Orepic said that he considers the meeting to be the start of the reorganisation of the system and stressed the importance of staff within that system. He added that there was an imbalance in the state administration system with regard to wages and benefits,"    

Minister says police director-general isn't dismissed

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic on Wednesday refuted media speculations about the replacement of the police director-general Vlado Dominic, explaining that he had talked with Dominic, but "at this moment there are no changes".

Croatian minister: Reactivating Schengen regime has consequences

Orepic arrived in Brussels to attend a meeting of the European Union member states' ministers within the Justice and Home Affairs Council that discussed the migrant crisis, establishment of European border and coast guard, and firearms possession.

Interior minister says will meet with Pupovac

"Very soon I will organise a meeting with Pupovac to see what exactly he was referring to. Rest assured that the Croatian police will act according to civilisational norms," Orepic told reporters.

New direction in relations with Hungary, says interior minister

He said that he agreed that this challenge needs to resolved at the Turkish-Greek border however that border is not ready at the moment and it is everyone's objective to protect Europe's door.

Interior minister: Police can perform all border protection tasks

Croatia's Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Wednesday that the police "are ready to perform all tasks regarding state border protection" and that army deployment was not necessary, ...

Croatia active in joint efforts to handle migrant crisis, says interior minister

At this moment, Croatia is responding to what is expected of it. We have suffcient capacities to accommodate migrants and, if necessary, we are willing to increase capacities.    

Kurz: Countries must act till EU defines joint response

Countries must take their own measures until the European Union finds a common response to the migrant crisis, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in Vienna on Wednesday, ahead of a ministerial conference on the migrant crisis which brought together interior and foreign ministers from ten countries along the Balkan route, including Croatia.

Interior minister wants Austria, Germany to take part in migrant profiling

Orepic told reporters he would discuss the matter with his Slovenian counterpart on Monday and travel to Vienna on February 24 and Brussels on the 25th to discuss problematic details.

Croatian border police sent to Macedonia to help with migrants

Orepic told reporters that together with their colleagues from Austria, Slovenia, Serbia and Macedonia, Croatian police officers would work on profiling migrants "to remove the many problems that have cropped up in that process."

Orepic: Refugee profiling to start at Greek-Macedonian border

"A huge step forward has been made with regard to refugees because profiling will be conducted on the Macedonian border," Orepic told reporters after the government meeting.

Interior minister visits refugee transit centre

"Croatia is a safe and decent country, there is nothing to add to that. We have responded entirely, regarding our obligations in this crisis," said Orepic.