(Photo: Igor Kralj/PIXSELL) (Photo: Igor Kralj/PIXSELL)

The ministry has been informing foreign countries and international organisations of the destructive effects of the series of strong earthquakes that struck central Croatia two weeks ago.

“The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, along with the entire diplomatic and consular network, has been informing foreign and international organizations about the aftermath of a series of earthquakes that hit central Croatia end-December 2020,” reads the press release issued on the ministry’s website on Monday.

The ministry continues to coordinate aid collection through its international contacts and would once again like to thank everyone for their assistance and compassion; underscoring that Croatia would never forget the goodwill.

The ministry said that the events once again confirmed the benefits of membership in the European Union, which coordinated urgent aid through the Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism.

To date aid has arrived from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia; adding that aid was sent by land, sea and air.

The ministry mentioned financial and humanitarian aid that arrived from Southeast European countries too - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.

“We are especially grateful to Croatian expatriates all over the world, who have demonstrated exceptional selflessness and, like many times before, through their associations, Catholic missions and parishes, shown willingness to help the Homeland in these difficult times. This once again underscored the unbreakable ties between Croatia and its diaspora,” the press release said.

Source: MVEP