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The Croatian Government adopted Mine action plan for 2016 and confirmed the Report on the implementation of demining activities and spent funds allocated for 2015 for submission to the Croatian Parliament.

13.05.2016

At the 22nd session held on 11 May 2016, Croatian Government adopted a plan of mine action for 2016.

With the completion of demining activities, general and technical survey, planned reduction of SHAs in 2016 was at least 86.4 km2, which accounts for 18.5% of the initial SHAs in 2016.

Regarding the strategic objectives, in the form of reduction of suspected hazardous area, the Plan addresses remaining 2.5 square kilometers of SHAs in the Brod-Posavina County, around the Municipality of Okuani, as well as resolving the whole mine problem in the agricultural area inside Karlovac, Lika-Senj, Osijek-Baranja, Poega-Slavonija, Sisak-moslavina, Split-Dalmatia, ibenik-Knin and Zadar counties.

Moreover, for the current year, it is expected that the entire mine problem in the field of 17 local governments - Dra, Vuka, odolovci, Vladislavci, Gvozd, Vojni, Lasinja, Graac, Sukoan, Posedarje, kabrnja, Zemunik Donji, Novigrad, Mu, Sinj and the cities of ibenik and Lipik, will be confronted. Also, in 2016, thorough demining of the commercial forests in Lika-Senj, Poega-Slavonia and Sisak-moslavina counties will be continued.

On 1 January 2016, SHA was marked with 13,274 signs indicating the mine danger, which relates to 28 sings per square kilometer, along with a plan to further maintain and improve the system of marking of all SHAs and areas contaminated solely with means of unexploded ordinance in 2016.

Croatian Mine Action Centre, in cooperation with state administration bodies, local and regional governments, civil society and the local population, will continuously, during 2016, conduct communication and education activities about the dangers of mines, UXO and their parts. The aforementioned activities will be coordinated by the Office for Mine Action. In total, 66 activities of education and communication about the mine threat are planned to be conducted towards the population and target groups.

Croatian Mine Action Centre, in cooperation with the Office for Mine Action and HCR-CTRO Ltd., will in 2016 continue the practice and efforts to establish and maintain cooperation and partnership with all relevant international actors in mine action. In addition to the important exchange of experiences and information related to the mine action, special objective of international cooperation will be the training of experts.
The noted Plan also established the continuation of technical assistance projects to be financed by the European Union, and the resources that support the objectives of the EU, from a 2014th to 2020th financial perspective.

Concerning this, feasibility study and project application for the project "Demining, reconstruction and protection of forests and forest land in protected and Natura 2000 sites in the Danube-Drava region - Naturavita" is planned to be finalized by the end of June 2016, with additional plans to conclude the Agreement on Partnership with Karlovac county, in order to prepare a project which would enable demining and afterwards management of all county protected areas - Natura 2000 areas.

Croatian Mine Action Centre will continue to provide technical assistance to all participants on the preparation and implementation of projects that are planned to be financed by funds allocated to achieve the objectives within the Sub-Measure 5.2., 5.2.2 Operation type, and on the occasion of the competition for a Grant concerning the demining of the agricultural land from the Rural Croatian development plan regarding the 2014 - 2020 period, amounting to 210,000,000.00 Kuna, which was published on 4 May 2016 and is open until 3 June 2016. In total, from all sources of funding for the entire demining operations in 2016, 509,610,942.00 Croatian Kuna are planned. According to the financing sources, HRK 195,495,500.00 come from the State Budget, HRK 25,000,000.00 from the special account of the Ministry of Agriculture which are funds from fees regarding the beneficial forest functions (OKF), HRK 1,000,000.00 of direct donor payments (Croatia helps association, ITF), HRK 211,000,000.00 from the European agricultural Fund for rural development, HRK 77,115,442.00 under agreements which have been concluded for EAFRD funds in 2015, and are being executed during 2016.

In 2016, for the first time since the systematic implementation of the mine action in the Republic of Croatia, EU funds through the Structural and pre-accession funds, have the largest share with up to 62% in relation to the total funds planned for mine action in 2016. Mine Action Plan for 2016, as a whole, will be published on the CROMAC website as well.

At the same session, the Croatian Government adopted the Report on implementation of Demining activities and spent funds allocated for 2015, which will be submitted to the Croatian Parliament.

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