20:20 / 21.03.2022.

Author: Katja Miličić

Plenković: Coatia will do everything it can to help Ukrainian refugees

Andrej Plenković

Andrej Plenković

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Croatia will do everything in its power to help refugees from Ukraine, said Prime Minister and HDZ President Andrej Plenković, after meeting with his party’s leadership.

HDZ leaders discusses the issue of accepting Ukrainian refugees on Monday. Croatia has welcomed around 8,600 Ukrainians, so far, and more are expected to arrive. Following the meeting, Plenković said Croatia would make every effort to help these people.

“On Wednesday, I will convene a meeting of all county prefects to once again coordinate activities with them in the field,” he said adding that the goal was to provide refugees with quality health care, social protection, and integration into the labor market, and the education system.

“We will make every effort to help these people, who have lost everything, as much as possible,” he said.

Croatia is prepared for a refugee crisis is a country with vast experience with this issue, he said. During the 1990s, Croatia dealt with its own displaced population and took in refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the time, we were nowhere near where we are today, Plenković said.

Just days after the invasion began, the Croatian government formed a working group that includes representatives of civil defense and the Red Cross to prepare for a wave of refugees. The group is headed by Interior Minister Davor Božinović, Plenković said.

Asked about funding for accepting refugees, Plenković said EU leaders had addressed the issue at a recent meeting in Versailles.

“The fact is that this is a huge number of people and we have no idea how long they will be unable to return to their country. The costs will be covered to some extent by countries on their own but if the situation lasts a long time and there is a very large number of people, certainly we will seek a European solution,” he said.

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