On Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs confirmed that Croatia co-signed a letter sent to the EU High Representative Frederica Mogherini in which requests have been made to strengthen the capabilities of the EU in the fight against disinformation and propaganda from outside factors, which the EU Observer portal, that first reported on the letter, called seeking assistance in the fight against Russian propaganda.
"Croatia co-signed the letter sent to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Frederica Mogherini, which is intended to prompt a strengthening of capabilities for strategic communication at the EU level, especially in relation to Eastern and Southern neighbors and South East Europe," said a statement by the ministry in which Russia is not mentioned.
Croatia, along with the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the UK signed the letter seeking of the European External Action Service (EEAS) to increase capacities in the fight against Russian propaganda, reported EU Observer on Friday.
"The letter warns of ever greater sophistication and intensity in disinformation and spreading of propaganda by outside factors in general," said the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. "Attention is being directed toward attempts to influence the creation of distrust and dissatisfaction with the democratic order as well as efforts to discredit the EU and member states, the transatlantic community, and our partners," said the statement.
EEAS is a body founded in 2009 under the Lisbon agreement whose role is to assist the high representative in conducting common foreign and security policy. The EEAS website states that in March of 2015, EEAS founded the StratCom working group for Eastern Europe that works in the fight against the Russian campaign to spread disinformation.
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