BCP Network South meeting, Nova Gradiska, Croatia

From 22-24 of October in Nova Gradiska, few kilometres from Croatian- Bosnian border the BCP Network South meeting was held.

The members states of the BCP Network South are Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Romania. The meeting was opened by Head of CELBET Mr Jyrki Linna who highlighted that there are not only pictures but there are real stories behind it. “Cooperation is the key and we help each other support each other” – he added. Head of CELBET also underlined the meaning of the advisory mission in Croatia and participation of experts from Croatia in CELBET project.

Each team leader presented their results, and lesson learned: diagnostic study, vulnerability study, pilot exercise for sharing equipment, trainings, implementation of synchronized checks, Joint Intensified Activities, measurement of the level of smuggling, list of risks and visibility of CELBET

During the workshops, dedicated to BCP Network members, they had chance to give feedback and express their expectations from the main CELBET products:

  • Diagnostic Study
  • Implementation of the Joint Intensified Activity
  • Monitoring checks – measurement smuggling level
  • Shared BCP – practice of jointly operated border crossing point

On the third day of the meeting, participants visited the Stara Gradiska BCP, on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. In last year officers from this BCP cleared over 1,6 million passengers and controlled over 166 000 of trucks. BCP Stara Gradiska, is the border post where excellent cooperation of customs and border police was noticed and appreciated by CELBET representatives.

Did You know that Croatian state border is long and a total of 3320 km. The length of the land border is 2372 km. Croatia’s longest border is the one with Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1009 km long, followed by Slovenia, 667.8 km, with Hungary 355.5 km, 317.6 km with Serbia, and Montenegro 22.6 km.

CELBET leaflet in Croatian language – open