ZAGREB, January 23, 2018 – Executives of Croatian textile and footwear companies on Tuesday signed contracts and framework agreements with Interior Minister Davor Božinović for the procurement of police uniforms and equipment with a total value of 112.6 million kuna (approximately 15 million euro).
Minister Božinović said that at the end of last year, the Ministry adopted a procurement and financial plan which “clearly, precisely and transparently,” incorporates documents that were posted on the ministry’s web site so that companies could have an insight into the ministry’s intended procurement plans.
“With these agreements, we have made it possible for Croatian police to be equipped from head to toe with Croatian products,” Božinović said and added that all the companies were selected at an international tender and that the Ministry would work within its possibilities to contribute to developing the economy.
The contracts were signed with the Omiš-based Galeb textile company and the Borovo footwear company from Vukovar.
Even though they are satisfied with today’s contracts, police unionists noted that Croatian police are still not “completely equipped with new equipment,” and that their pays should be increased.
Union leader, Dubravko Jagić, said that he hoped that the new equipment would be “adequate and that it does not need to be the latest fashion,” and that regardless of pay increases, more investments are needed in the police.
The Ministry informed that, in addition to the latest procurement, procedures were underway for investments for vehicle and helicopter maintenance and the construction of new police premises.