All countries that took part in the Balkan summit on the migrant crisis in Brussels on Sunday have nominated their contact persons for the exchange of information on migrant movements, as agreed in the adopted plan, and the contact person in Croatia is Maja Bogdan, deputy to the prime minister's foreign policy advisor, sources in the Croatian government and the European Commission reported on Tuesday.
The contact person for Slovenia is Igor Mally and for Serbia Labour Minister Aleksandar Vulin. The contact person for the European Commission is Richard Szostak, diplomatic advisor in the Office of the President of the European Commission.
"After the summit in Brussels, all 12 leaders, including the President of the Commission, agreed to nominate contact points within 24 hours to allow daily exchanges and coordination to achieve the gradual, controlled and orderly movement of persons along the Western Balkans route and to monitor the implementation of the 17-point plan agreed on Sunday. A day later, all leaders have made good on their commitment and have nominated contact points.," the European Commission said in a press release.
In addition, the European Commission has today decided to increase the level of co-financing for the transport of the assistance delivered via the EU Civil protection Mechanism for the countries needing help in the refugee crisis from 55% to 85%. Serbia, Slovenia and most recently Croatia have activated the mechanism in recent weeks for material support such as tents, blankets, sanitary equipment and other essentials to help refugees this winter.
On 29 October, the Commission will organise a plenary video conference of all contacts points to check the progress made.
The Western Balkans Route Leaders' Meeting in Brussels on Sunday was held upon the initiative of President Juncker, and attended by representatives of Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. They agreed to improve cooperation and step up consultation between the countries along the route and decided on pragmatic operational measures that could be implemented immediately to tackle the refugee crisis in the region.