Analysis 23 Nov 16

Croatia Develops Homeland Security to Combat Threats

Ministers, police and intelligence services will be involved in planning an integrated ‘homeland security’ system to address the risks from terrorism, the refugee crisis and other potential threats to stability.

Sven Milekic
BIRN
Zagreb
Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic explaining the homeland security system. Photo: MORH/I. Brandt

The first meeting for the start of drafting the documents that will enable the new Croatian homeland security system to be set up was held on Monday.

Representatives of the Croatian military, police and intelligence agencies, along with the interior, foreign and other ministries, as well as university professors, NGOs and experts in security and crisis management attended the meeting.

Speaking at an international security conference in Zagreb on Tuesday, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic set out the reasons for establishing the homeland security system, which is intended to ensure that state bodies deliver a better-integrated response to threats.

Plenkovic said that the biggest security risks for Europe and Croatia were the conflict in Ukraine, the war in Syria and Iraq, the threat of attacks by ISIS and other militant groups, the return of jihadi fighters to their native countries and the ongoing refugee crisis.

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