Posted by DanielS on Saturday, 01 October 2016 19:07.
Visigrad Post, “Croatia aligns herself on Berlin’s policy”, 29 Sept 2016:
Croatia – Interior Minister Vlaho Orepić is serene and does not think that a new migratory wave will hit the country. According to him no significant flow of migrants will affect Croatia, or even Europe.
“There is no place for ‘fear’. It is true that Europe is in a latent state of migrant crisis. Croatia as a member of the European Union shares that fate, and the recent summit of countries on the migrant route to Vienna was simply a result of the need to find the best and most rational solutions,” said Mr. Orepić.
He reported that the joint solution on which the EU has agreed was the extension of the agreement with Turkey, as well as protection of external borders, which until now has been quite significant.
Also, the Minister stressed that, in a month, Croatia had decreased from 100 daily arrivals of migrants to 10 or 15 per day. He is not worried about a possible migration stream as his country has already experienced, “at this moment, there is really nothing to indicate that there will be a large migrant wave. There is a latent danger, it is true, but if these common objectives are met, I am confident that the migrant wave will not arrive,” said the Minister Orepić.
Neighboring countries, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, have committed more troops, builds barriers, it is a “plan B”, as Mr Orbán said. About this, the Croatian minister said: “We have the plan B, but the fact is that we have not caused the migrant crisis and we will not solve it. During the wave last year, we were dealing with consequences, and we would do it now as well. It is very important to be rational”.
Because of the Dublin Protocol, a number of migrants is returned to Croatia. Mr. Orepić said that Croatia is a responsible member of the EU. “We will carry out our obligations. We have the obligation to accept these people, as well as to accommodate another 1,582 people.”
He added that Croatia had the resources to welcome migrants.
For two months, a significant number of migrants are trying to cross the border from Serbia to Croatia. They come from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Iraq.
The president, who is in New York for a United Nations mini summit on the invasion, said that last year, Croatia let the invaders pass to other countries because there were no fences at the borders with Slovenia and Hungary.
Now, however, there are fences and the borders are closed.
Furthermore, she said, it “turned out that over 85 percent of them were economic migrants and not genuine refugees.”
Posted by DanielS on Friday, 16 September 2016 02:06.
Visigrad Post, Dubrovnik, Croatia – A two-day forum was attended by Croatia with heads of state and officials from twelve countries of Central and Eastern Europe, all members of the European Union, to discuss common challenges to strengthen economically and politically the area between the three seas – the Adriatic, the Baltic and the Black Sea. This was the Three Seas Initiative.
“The area between the Adriatic, the Baltic and the Black Sea is the lifeblood of Europe,” said the host of the forum, Croatian President Grabar-Kitarović. Thursday, August 25, a round table gathered in Dubrovnik, on the cost of the Adriatic Sea, the presidents of Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovenia, as well as ministers and deputy ministers of Austria, Czechia, Estonia, Latvia, Romania and Slovakia.
The region (BABS: Baltic – Adriatic – Black Sea) accounts for 28% of EU territory, 22% of its population but only for 10% of its GDP. Discussions about the economy have focused on the need to improve the infrastructure of the whole region and in particular energetic cooperation, mainly to promote the plurality of energy sources and reduce energy dependence. According to the Croatian President, 50 billion euros are needed to overcome the current shortcomings. However, she also drew attention to the major challenges of the region, namely the demographic decline and emigration.
Polish President Duda for his part stressed that cooperation should be extended to other areas to be sufficiently strong: culture and science as well as student exchanges must come to reinforce this cooperation. But the heart of this cooperation is the creation of a true north-south European axis, stressed the Polish president. In conclusion for his speech, Andrzej Duda announced that the next summit would be held in Poland in Wroclaw in June 2017.
Chinese and American speakers were also present. Chinese Ministerial Assistant for Foreign Affairs Liu Haixing in charge of Central and Eastern Europe region recalled that China was very interested in the development of the area. China believes it will serve her project of New Silk Road.
American General James L. Jones, president of Jones Group International and former adviser for the National Security of President Obama said that the development of the Three Seas Initiative must be an element not only for European development but also for security. General Jones stressed the use by Russia of her position as an energy supplier to increase her economic influence and to strengthen her geopolitical goals.