A cooperation agreement was signed on Thursday at the Firefighting Operations Command centre near Split between the Minister of the Interior and the EU Commissioner for Crisis Management.
Croatia is set to continue its role as an active participant in the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism after a financing agreement was signed that will help maintain Croatia's readiness in combating wildfires across Europe. The country has also made two water bomber planes available for Europe's brand new firefighting fleet.
EU Commissioner Christos Styliandes was on hand at the Firefighting Operations Command centre in Divulje. "This is an exemplary way to be an engaged member of our European family," said the Commissioner. He added that "Croatia was already a prominent and reliable partner" within the EU's civil protection apparatus.
Interior Minister Davor Božinović said that for the period between 2021 and 2027, the EU has allocated 1.5 billion euro in funds for Crisis Management. The minister underlined that Croatia will continue to be a valuable partner in this regard.
"We signed an agreement that will provide 1.9 million euro in EU funds for the upkeep, logistics, spare parts, and operational costs associated with maintaining this fleet of aircraft," said Božinović. He added that maintenance costs had until now been paid for by the state budget.
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