Security is one of Croatia's comparative advantages, says PM

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On the occasion of Police Day, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that during a time of facing the greatest security challenges, Croatia is a safe country and that is one of its "comparative advantages."

"That is above all because with your unselfish work, you are contributing to the security of our citizens and all those coming here," Plenkovic said addressing police officers at a special ceremony.

He underscores that the government gives its full support to the Interior Ministry (MUP) which has made a huge step forward in the legislative framework but also in its strategy and in its operational-financial aspects too.

The prime minister underlined some of the successes achieved by the police such as a lower crime rate which has decreased by 5.2%, police activities in fighting wildfires, a high level of security when the Croatian national football team arrived after the World Cup and the establishment of the cyber crime department.

Nevertheless, Plenkovic in particular stressed the commitment of 6,500 police officers "who are guarding our security and that of the EU day and night," referring to the border protection.

He added that entering the Schengen Area is the first priority of Croatia's EU membership and that everyone in the European Council recognises the Croatian police's contribution with regard to battling illegal migrations.

"What we need as a society is to nurture trust in the Croatian police. You are the first signal that instills security and confidence in people" Plenkovic underscored.

Text: Hina