New govt's defence and veteran affairs policies' guidelines

The new government's key guidelines for the Defence Ministry (MORH) underscore the institutional and organisational transformation of elements of the undefined security system, establishing a System of Homeland Security and preparing a National Security Strategy while a key guideline for the Veterans' Affairs Ministry is the regulation of the status of disabled Homeland War veterans and outlays for them.

One of the key guidelines for MORH describes homeland security as a concept of proactive protection of the homeland and underscores that homeland security requires the involvement of all Croatian state institutions, such as diplomacy, security-intelligence agencies, the army, police and all citizens, non-governmental organisations and private companies in a coordinated effort to achieve the relative non-vulnerability of society. Basically, that means coordinating various functions of the entire security system, through which new security models are developed and actively connected with Croatia's potential. After it takes over running the country, the Patriotic Coalition will, within a year, institutionally and organisationally transform the existing elements of the nominally and organisationally undefined security system, the guidelines state.

The key guidelines for MORH also include the preparation and adoption of a National Security Strategy as a fundamental precondition for developing Croatia's security system. The deadline for preparing and adopting the strategy is six months and it will clearly define objectives, such as the protection of Croatian citizens, their well-being and way of life, the protection of the national economy, infrastructure and natural resources and the country's territorial integrity from any form of security threats and risks. The strategy will clearly define the levers of national power and tasks that need to be carried out in order to implement its objectives and ensure conditions for the stable development, prosperity and survival of Croatia and the Croatian people, the guidelines note.

Another key guideline is Croatia's role as an active and equal member of NATO and the EU. "We will develop Croatia within the framework of Euro-Atlantic associations as a precondition of lasting security and protection of its territorial integrity and sovereignty, along with active participation and assuming the responsibility for the protection of European and global security and stability."

The next guideline refers to establishing a safer environment in the streets, in suburbs and municipalities, cities and counties through the prevention and resolution of local safety issues. This will be achieved by promoting positive relations between the police and other security institutions and citizens at the local level and by strengthening the cooperation of all security factors in preventing criminal activities.

We will actively protect the security of our families, prevent and combat any form of punishable behaviour, namely any danger to the lives, security and well-being of our citizens and we will strongly promote the image of Croatia as a safe country at all levels, read the guidelines.

Another key guideline of the new government for MORH is development of a system of civil protection. The guideline envisages the setting up of a single, efficient system of civil protection that will be able to respond to challenges of protecting the health and lives of Croatian citizens and their property and environment.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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