Croatian coastguard participates in two joint operations of the European border and coast guard agency Frontex in Greece, the Ministry of the Interior of Croatia said.
After the first contingent of four police officers was sent to Greece in early March this year as part of Frontex joint operation “Rapid Border Intervention 2020”, on April 8 a second police contingent was sent to replace the first one and it will stay in Greece until the completion of the operation on May 6.
The first contingent performed all of their duties responsibly and professionally, for which they received written commendations from FRONTEX director, the ministry said.
The mission on the Greek-Turkish border currently numbers 100 police officers from EU member states.
Depending on the circumstances, the duration of the operation may be extended and the police contingent participating in it may be expanded, the ministry said.
In addition to this operation, since 2015 the Ministry of the Interior has been continually providing strong support to Greece through the participation of its maritime police in the joint operation Poseidon, aimed at enhancing the surveillance of the Greek-Turkish border at sea.
Croatian maritime police also helps in search and rescue operations for migrants and refugees at sea.
The Croatian police have been contributing to the patrol operations with two boats./ibna