Croatia

    • Slovenia strengthens border police, expects migrant wave

      Slovenia strengthens border police, expects migrant wave

      Slovenia has sent some 1,000 additional police to the border with Croatia to counter an expected surge in migration toward Western Europe with the easing of lockdown measures across Europe, authorities have said. Police at the border are equiped with surveillance drones, thermal cameras, motion detection cameras and helicopters, and will be assisted by the military and the specialised border control units and police dogs.

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    • Croatia impatient to welcome tourists

      Croatia impatient to welcome tourists

      A few European tourists have returned to Croatia's picturesque Adriatic coast, where the owners of boats, hotels and campsites are hoping their relative isolation will bring the numbers up over the next six weeks, news wires reported. Tourism accounts for almost a fifth of Croatia's economic output, which the government expects to shrink by almost 10% this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    • Police in Bosnia, Croatia arrest migrant traffickers with Europol’s support

      Police in Bosnia, Croatia arrest migrant traffickers with Europol’s support

      Police from Bosnia, Croatia and regional agency Europol caught eight suspected traffickers on Wednesday and blocked the smuggling of 45 migrants into the EU, news wires reported. The detainees are suspected of transporting, hiding and smuggling migrants mostly from Turkey via Bosnia into EU member Croatia and onwards to Italy, Bosnia's state prosecutor's office said, calling the arrests the region's most comprehensive operation this year.

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    • Serbian soldiers stop migrants to enter EU at border with Croatia

      Serbian soldiers stop migrants to enter EU at border with Croatia

      Armed Serbian soldiers are now guarding a migrant camp on the border with Croatia in an attempt to prevent the migrants from trying to cross into the European Union, news wires reported.  The decision to station soldiers at the camp came after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic a week ago held talks with PM Victor Orban of neighbouring Hungary, who is one of the most vociferous opponents of illegal migration into Europe, Reuters recalls.

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    • Croatia to hold parliamentary election on 5 July

      Croatia to hold parliamentary election on 5 July

      The President of Croatia Zoran Milanovic called on Wednesday a parliamentary election for 5 July, a statement issued by his office reads. The election will pit the ruling centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) against the top opposition Social Democrats (SDP) party, which is trailing slightly in opinion polls.

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    • Croatia’s ruling party considers summer parliamentary election

      Croatia’s ruling party considers summer parliamentary election

      Croatia's conservative ruling party will seek a parliamentary election during the summer depending on the evolution of the coronavirus outbreak, news wires reported. Branko Bacic, head of the Croatian Democratic Union's (HDZ) parliamentary group, told reporters on Tuesday, that the vote could be in June, July or August. "We want the epidemiological conditions to be conducive for organising the elections," he said.

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    • Croatia considers tourist corridors for Czechs

      Croatia considers tourist corridors for Czechs

      Croatia may give Czech tourists special access this summer to counter the impact of the coronavirus on its vital tourism industry, news wires reported. "We have already discussed with the Czech Republic that they prepare their proposals and we will prepare ours" for such an option, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli told the state-run HRT radio on Tuesday.

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    • Croatia seeks €9bn to combat coronavirus crisis

      Croatia seeks €9bn to combat coronavirus crisis

      Croatia will need about 70 billion kuna (€9.2bn) in the next few months to finance the measures it undertakes to combat the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said on Wednesday cited by Reuters. The government has already introduced some measures to help the economy, including writing off tax obligations or deferring of tax payments over the next three months.

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