The Croatian government on Thursday decided to send humanitarian aid to Albania as earthquake relief, and to Venezuela that is in a humanitarian and economic crisis. Zagreb will also help Bosnia and Herzegovina in procurement of police equipment necessary for the fight against cross-border crime.
Croatia will donate €1 million to Albania at a donor conference to be held in Brussels on 17 February. Albania will receive donations for reconstruction after a destructive earthquake hit that country in November last year, State-Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Zdravka Bušić informed the cabinet.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković is expected to attend the Brussels conference.
On 26 November 2019, an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 hit Albania, resulting in 51 fatalities, with 1,000 people sustaining injuries while 4,000 people had to leave temporarily their homes. The disaster caused havoc to public and private infrastructure, hitting thousands of households, and thousands of buildings were seriously damaged, including schools and health care facilities.
The Croatian government responded immediately after the earthquake and sent food and other kinds of aid to the local population.
Five thermal vision cameras and 198 sets of police equipment to be donated to Bosnia
Croatia will send aid to Bosnia and Herzegovina following several requests by Bosnia and Herzegovina's Interior Ministry and the ministries of three cantons in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and border police in those cantons, considering a rise in cross-border crime.
That represents a security challenge particularly in southern areas of the Federation entity that borders with Croatia, Bušić explained.
Therefore, Zagreb has decided to donate five thermal vision cameras and 198 sets of police equipment used in establishing public peace and order. The equipment is part of write-offs that the Croatian Ministry of Interior conducted last year.
USD 100,000 to be sent to Venezuela
Croatia will send USD 100,000 to Venezuela in order to procure medicines and basic hygienic products for vulnerable residents, including Croats and their descendants.
The crisis in Venezuela is one of the most critical humanitarian crises in the world at the moment, Bušić said and more than four million people have left the country since 2015 in the wake of economic and political instability.
An estimated million people have left the country since the end of last year alone while 90% of the population is living in poverty.
Since 2016 the EU has allocated €90 million in humanitarian aid for the people in Venezuela and those who have fled to neighbouring countries.