Croatia Supposedly Playing Important Role on European Security Scene

By 8 February 2019

ZAGREB, February 8, 2019 - Croatia's Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović on Thursday attended a meeting of EU justice ministers and ministers of the interior in Bucharest focusing on the fight against terrorism and on-line radicalisation, ways to strengthen police cooperation, migrations and external border management. "Croatia has an important role on the European security scene, notably regarding the control of the longest EU land border. Croatia's accession to the Schengen area is therefore in the EU's interest as well," Božinović tweeted after the meeting.

The minister told the meeting that Croatia welcomed the European Parliament's political support for anti-terrorist activities.

The Bucharest meeting also discussed police cooperation in the digital era, cybercrime and ways of countering it. It was underlined that Croatia had already successfully launched projects that improve competences and experience in countering that type of attacks.

Božinović informed the meeting of his recent visit to Ankara and refugee camps on the Turkish-Syrian border. He underlined that Turkey was a key partner to the EU in managing migrations and that the increased pressure it was dealing with should not be ignored.

Božinović recalled that Croatia was in favour of stronger cooperation with Southeast European countries in managing migrations but that it wanted the specific situations of individual member-countries to be taken into account.

Croatia cannot accept the establishment of a controlled centre in its territory, he said, adding that for Croatia it was not acceptable that migrants saved at sea were immediately transferred to other member-countries without launching border and asylum procedures in the country of disembarkation.

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