Memorandum of Understanding Signed
On 16th October 2012 there was a Memorandum of Understanding signed in the premises of the Croatian Mine Action Centre in Sisak between the Croatian Mine Action Centre (CROMAC) and DEMIRA Office to Croatia (Demira Deutsche Mineraeumer e.V.). On behalf of CROMAC, the Memorandum was signed by the deputy director Mr. Mirko Ivanušić and on behalf of DEMIRA, head of the Office Mr. Wolfgang Raschka. With this Memorandum, the Government of the FR Germany committed to finance mined areas in the Republic of Croatia during 2012. DEMIRA Office to Croatia acts on behalf of both parties in the implementation of demining operations and financing the above-mentioned operations. Until today, the Government of the FR Germany has financed mine action in Croatia in the total amount of 8,5 million EUR.
The subjects of the above-mentioned Memorandum are as follows: demining projects in the Town of Osijek, municipalities of Jarmina and Stari Jankovci in Vukovar-Srijem County, Josipdol municipality in Karlovac County, Town of Drniš in Šibenik-Knin County and several areas in Zadar County.
Presentation of Project "Demining in War Affected Areas"
The Croatian Mine Action Centre and the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Croatia held the Kick-off Conference on Friday, October 19 and officially presented the project ''Demining in War Affected Areas'' financed by the European Union in the framework of the International Pre-Accession Assistance Programme (IPA) 2009. The Conference was held at 09,00 hrs in the Small City Hall of the Town of Karlovac. The event was attended by Mr. Erol Akdag, attaché for Human Rights, Minorities, Demining and Civil Society at the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Croatia, professor Dijana Pleština, Ph.D., director of Government Office for Mine Action, Mr. Miljenko Vahtarić, acting director of the Croatian Mine Action Centre, Mrs. Nataša Mikuš Žigman, director of the Central Finance and Contracting Agency, Mr. Ivan Vučić, county prefect of the Karlovac County, Mr. Damir Jelić, myor of the Town of Karlovac and heads of municipalities of Lasinja, Barilović, Generalski Stol and Josipdol where demining operations funded by this project will be conducted. There will be the total of 2,7 square kilometres of mine suspected area demined. Operations are worth 2,65 million EUR what is also the amount of non-refundable funds allocated by the EU for the Karlovac County.
Seminar on the Ottawa Convention Held
In the premises of the RACVIAC-Centre for Security Co-operation in Rakitje near Zagreb, there was a seminar about mine risk education (MRE) and mine victim assistance (MVA) entitled ''About the Ottawa Convention'' held from 23rd to 26th October 2012. The seminar was held under the auspices of the Foreign Affairs Office of the FR Germany, Office for Mine Action of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and Croatian Mine Action Centre (CROMAC). During the opening session, the participants were addressed by the director of RACVIAC-Centre for Security Co-operation, ambassador Branimir Mandić, director of Government Office for Mine Action Mrs. Dijana Pleština, Ph.D., CROMAC deputy director Mr. Mirko Ivanušić and advisor at the Embassy of Canada to the Republic of Croatia Mr. William McCrimmon.
The next day, the seminar participants from twenty countries visited the Croatian Mine Action Centre in Sisak. They visited a demining worksite on the area of Nova Drenčina. They also visited the King Tomislav Street in which twelve people were killed or injured by landmines. During their stay in the Croatian Mine Action Centre (CROMAC), acting director Mr. Miljenko Vahtarić presented the mine action in the Republic of Croatia with special emphasis on the work and organizational structure of CROMAC.
Demining in Šibenik-Knin County Continues
Ton Wednesday, October 17, 2012, the county prefect of Šibenik-Knin County Mr. Goran Pauk signed the Demining Contract with the representative of DEMIRA (Deutsche Minenräumer), implementing agency situated in Croatia and in charge of implementation of demining funds allocated by the Government of the FR Germany. The county prefect Pauk also signed another demining contract with the Jadranska banka Šibenik in the premises of the County Prefect’s Office in Šibenik.
The contract signing ceremony was attended by the professor Dijana Pleština, Ph.D., director of Government Office for Mine Action, acting director of the Croatian Mine Action Centre Mr. Miljenko Vahtarić and representative of the Embassy of the FR Germany, Colonel Jorg Rauber. About 177.000 m2 of the territory along the river Čikola and Part of the Town of Šibenik will be demined by this donation.
Ladies and gentlemen, dear readers,
Allow me to start by informing you that ten days ago, the suspected hazardous area (SHA) in the Republic of Croatia finally dropped below 700 square kilometres. To be more precise, on October 31, 2012, the SHA of the Republic of Croatia totalled 695,7 square kilometres. This is a result of intensified demining activities on demining worksites during the fall. On average, we had 22 to 24 active demining worksites thanks to favourable weather conditions and conduct of operations without any problems and delays.
Thanks to the efforts of the Government Office for Mine Action headed by the director Mrs. Dijana Pleština, Ph.D., we are very satisfied with the last month's donor activities. Besides donation of the FR Germany, humanitarian action of the Embassy of France to the Republic of Croatia and the company ''Peugeot'', the American Chamber of Commerce also organized the traditional ''Dinner for Safe Step'' by which they raised funds for demining the territory of the Šibenik-Knin County.
Until the next issue,
A Book "Design of Demining Machines" Published
Mr Dinko Mikulić, Ph.D., member of the Scientific Council of the Croatian Mine Action Centre published a book entitled ''Design of Demining Machines''. The book elaborates the methods of testing and evaluation of demining machines, especially covering the performances of each demining machine. Today, use of demining machines is inevitable during the conduct of humanitarian demining operations. The machines are designed to be safer and more productive every day. This book presents the development and testing of modern demining machines and will be of great use to the engineers interested in studying the basics of demining machine design.
TV Show about Croatia on ARD
On Tuesday, September 25, 2015, representatives of the television company ARD from FR Germany made a comprehensive story on demining in Croatia by recording the work of demining machines and twenty deminers. They also spoke to CROMAC representatives and deminers from several demining companies. The story on mine clearance in Croatia is going to be a part of the TV show about Croatia in Germany on the occasion of our country's accession to the European Union. The intention is to present the efforts Croatia has been putting for years into solving its mine problem, especially on the territory rich in natural beauties such as Lika.
Peugeot 208 against Mines
Peugeot Croatia in co-operation with the director of Government Office for Mine Action Mrs. Dijana Pleština, Ph.D., is organizing a humanitarian action entitled ''208 Against Mines''. It is an auction for the model Peugeot 208 ZV. The auction proceeds are intended for demining of Zadar County, Jasenice municipality. Besides the auction, raising funds for demining in Jasenice municipality also takes place via donations. More information about the auction is available at: http://www.tportal.hr/kultura/208protivmina