The Prime Minister believes there is little chance that migrants could enter Croatia through Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković participated on Saturday at a summit of countries on the so-called Balkan migrant route in Vienna. After the meeting, the Prime Minister spokes about the issue, reports Večernji List on September 24, 2016.
“We have excellent collaboration with Serbia despite tensions which some people are talking about. Cooperation on the ground is excellent”, said Orešković. “We have about 20 illegal crossings a day and these people are promptly returned and there is no problem”, he added after the summit organized by Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern.
The Prime Minister stressed that Croatia was ready for the possibility that the refugee route could move to Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Croatia is ready for any option, but I think that this is extremely speculative theory because there are very few refugees passing through the country, maybe about a hundred of them in the last six months”, said Orešković.
According to Orešković, the leaders have agreed that controls at the external borders of the European Union should be strengthened. “We have come to an agreement that we should increase capacities of Frontex in order to ensure better control of the external borders of the EU”, added Orešković. In Vienna, he met with Macedonian Prime Minister Emil Dimitrijev with whom he also discussed the refugee crisis and the protection of borders.
The summit brought together representatives of Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece. The meeting included European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commissioner for Refugees Dimitris Avramopuolus. The meeting was organized due to rumours that the new migrant wave could soon start moving from Turkey to Western Europe. However, so far the situation on the route is normal without any large scale movements of migrants and refugees.