18:34 / 26.02.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Prime Minister holds meeting to prepare for the reception of Ukrainian refugees

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Foto: Branko Lozančić / HRT

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković convened a meeting with members of the Government, Civil Protection and the Red Cross to raise the level of preparedness regarding the reception of refugees from Ukraine.

"I convened a meeting with members of the Government, Civil Protection and the Red Cross to raise the level of preparedness regarding the reception of refugees from Ukraine due to Russian aggression. We are in solidarity with the Ukrainian people," said Prime Minister Andrei Plenković.


About 10 people have entered Croatia from that country so far.


"We will be ready for all scenarios, the establishment of the Government Coordination Body in the context of a possible refugee wave has been agreed upon and will be engaged depending on the situation," said Deputy Prime Minister Davor Božinović.


 “In Croatia until now around ten people have entered from Ukraine who came through private channels. What the point of today's meeting was is to get coordinated; we will probably establish a coordination that will constantly monitor not only the situation and the number of arrivals, but where they will be accommodated and what will be provided for them,” said Božinović.


Božinović is leaving for Brussels tomorrow for a meeting of internal affairs bodies, where issues related to Ukrainian refugees will be discussed.


“We are ready and will be ready for all scenarios; whether we do this as the government on the level of Croatia, but naturally also in the context of the European Union,” said Božinović.


Deputy Prime Minister Tomo Medved said that all programs and plans for the reception of refugees have been agreed upon.


“Croatia is prepared and will provide support for all refugees that express a desire to take shelter in the Republic of Croatia. Considering the distance of the Republic of Croatia from the Ukrainian border, in a very short time we can expect the arrival of the first refugees,” said Medved.


The Red Cross is in a hurry to prepare for the reception of Ukrainians and the collection of humanitarian aid. Unfortunately Croatia has experience from the Homeland War; for now, the operation is being managed by the International Red Cross.


“On Monday or Tuesday we will issue an appeal for the gathering of funds; and the other direction we are going in is the preparation for eventual reception of refugees. We have made our capacities available, such a rest facilities and education centers,” said Red Cross Spokeswoman Karina Zorić.


Croatia is in contact with colleagues from neighboring countries; Ukraine's neighbors that are part of the "Neighbors Help First" network.


According to some information, there are about 50,000 refugees in Poland and 20,000 in Romania and Slovakia and it is very likely that some will come to Croatia.


Source: HRT


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