Minister Says Croatian Police Commended for Protecting EU’s External Border

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ZAGREB, December 3, 2019 – Croatian police have been commended in the EU for protecting the EU’s external border, Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović said on Monday in Brussels, where he was attending a meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council.

“EU ministers of the interior know best how to assess the role of the Croatian police, who at the moment are irreplaceable in the EU,” Božinović said, adding that he had a lot of meetings with his colleagues.

“There is a consensus on the issue of protection of the external border. Everything that needs to be done with regard to the common asylum policy and legislative changes in that area actually depends on whether we have secure external borders, that is the precondition, and what Croatia and several other countries represent at the moment is the EU’s security,” Božinović said.

He said that on Tuesday he would meet with the EC Vice-President for Migration, Margaritis Schinas, and Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson.

Asked to comment on criticism regarding excessive use of force by Croatian police and two cases when migrants were shot at and wounded, Božinović said that nobody had even mentioned it.

“Nobody mentioned the two cases. Right after it happened, we took the necessary activities, the prosecutorial authorities have been involved, and I contacted my colleagues in Europe right away. Everything should be done to prevent incidents but, I repeat, Croatian police act in line with national and European legislation, they are recognised in the EU and we will continue pursuing our policy,” said Božinović.

More news about the migrant crisis can be found in the Politics section.


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