The Italian Air Force's aerobatic group “Frecce Tricolori" on 23 March 2017 visited Zadar and the “Wings of Storm“ and performed practice flights and the flying programme for the season.
The Guards Armoured Mechanised Brigade of the Croatian Army on 20 March 2017 marked its 10th anniversary in the barracks of the former 5th Guards Brigade "Slavonski sokolovi" in Vinkovci, of the 3rd Guards Brigade "Kune" in Đakovo, in the Barracks "Našice" in Našice and the Barracks "Bilogora" in Bjelovar, and the Open Day was organised on the occasion.
The Croatian Defence Academy "Dr. Franjo Tuđman" in Zagreb on 7 March 2017 hosted the 3rd session of the Commission for Drafting the National Security Strategy.
The Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Damir Krstičević on 6 March 2017 attended the joint meeting of defence and foreign ministers of the European Union.
The ministers reviewed the progress in the implementation of the Council's November 2016 conclusions on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy for the Foreign and Security Policy and adopted the Conclusions on the progress of the implementation. The meeting was preceded by an informal meeting in the defence minister format dedicated to a wider strategic discussion on the EU engagement within the Common Security and Defence Policy.
The joint session of defence and foreign ministers was held within the Foreign Affairs Council, to review the progress of the implementation of the Council's conclusions from November 2016 and providing further guidance. The focus was on three proposals for further enhancement of the European defence, namely the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), the Co-ordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) and the Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC).
The three initiatives aim at a more effective building of defence capabilities and capacities to enhance the role of the EU in security and defence through a closer co-operation of the EU members.
Minister Krstičević expressed the support by the Republic of Croatia to the three initiatives but noted that when defining the modalities of implementation transparency, a major and adequate role of the member nations and the complementarity with NATO had to be taken into account, as well as wise management of the restricted funds and of structures and tasks to avoid duplication.
During the discussion on the Common Security and Defence Policy Minister Krstičević emphasised that the EU needed to continue the efforts in the operations aimed at further stabilisation of the neighbourhood, with the focus on the migrations and terrorism as two major challenges.
The Minister called for an enhanced engagement of the EU in southeast Europe, in view of the recent upsetting events in the region. “The EU and NATO need to act more proactively against the security threats and with regard to the European agenda of the countries of southeast Europe. A stronger co-ordination and close co-operation of the EU and NATO provide a credible response to the current threats to the stability and peace in the EU“.
Three Dassault Alphajet aircraft of the French Air Force on 2 March 2017 closed their two-day visit to the Fixed-wing Squadron of the 93rd Air Base of the Croatian Air Force and Air Defence in the Barracks “Pukovnik Mirko Vukušić“ in Zemunik.
The Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Damir Krstičević on 2 March 2017 received in visit the delegation of the Ministry of Defence of Hungary, headed by the Defence Minister Istvan Simicsko.
The Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Damir Krstičević on 20 February 2017 met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Enver Hoxhaj.
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