“The security situation in Croatia is stable and currently there are no indications or visible potentials for its significant destabilization,” – this is one of the conclusions of the annual public report by the Security Intelligence Agency.
Last year the Security intelligence Agency (SIA) sent around 12 600 various pieces of information to various state bodies. This should provide support for them in adopting effective and timely decisions.
However, there are still challenges. There are potential risks from terrorism for Croatia as a member of NATO. The SIA notes that there were seven people with Croatian citizenship on territory controlled by ISIS.
At the SIA they believe that no type of extremism in Croatia has a significant number of followers, nor initiative potential.
Possible threats are located in the unsecure south eastern environment, but also in transit of supporters of Islamic radicalism over the so called Balkan migrant route.
The SIA also states that Croatia was the target of a series of so called Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) cyber-attacks. These are highly expert attacks aimed at stealing confidential information or provoking damage in information systems.
Considering the fact that Croatia will chair the Council of the EU next year, the SIA believes that the risk of increased frequency in APT is growing. IN the same manner challenges are growing for protection of Croatia’s economic security – mostly energy and the LNG terminal project on the island of Krk.
The SIA notes that corrupt business practices are doing damage to the economy.
Public procurement is being abused and the risk of laundering illegal money is growing with the arrival of capital of unknown origin in Croatia.