National Security Council Meeting Held

05. March 2020.

A meeting of the National Security Council was held that was convened jointly by the President of the Republic and Commander in Chief of the Croatian Armed Forces Zoran Milanović and Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.

Members of the Government and the Civil Protection Directorate of the Republic of Croatia briefed the Council on all the activities that have been undertaken at the national level over the past two months related to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as at the level of the European Union, considering Croatia’s role in presiding over the Council of the European Union.

It was concluded that all measures were undertaken in a timely, efficient and transparent manner. In addition to the activities regarding health and security, possible consequences to finances, tourism and the economy were also analyzed. After discussion, it was concluded that all the relevant institutions should continue with additional measures as required, including regular meetings of the EU Health Council.

The Prime Minister informed of activities related to the potential development of a new migrant crisis on the eastern Mediterranean/western Balkan route, the crisis in Syria and the situation on the Greek–Turkish border. Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister presented the conclusions of a special meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council, which he chaired.

The directors of security and intelligence agencies and the Interior Minister presented data on migrant movements. The National Security Council was briefed on the activities by Croatia’s police in protecting the state border and in that regard, the possibility of providing support to the Croatian police by other relevant State institutions and services was considered.