From the 10th to the 11th of October the city of Split hosted a thematic meeting and demonstration of protection of the European sea borders titled ''Securing Europe’s External Borders: European Border and Coast Guard''.
The event was organized on the initiative of the Croatian Ministry of Interior in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and with the participation and co-organization of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
Representatives of the Croatian Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Defence as well as representatives of the Frontex member countries and neighbouring coastal countries attended the meeting and a three-hour exercise of the Croatian military and police forces which was held in the naval port Lora in Split.
The first simulation exercise demonstrated the handling of a vessel transporting illegal migrants, whilst the second one showed how to prevent a terrorist takeover of a merchant ship.
Both exercises involved 140 members of the naval police, special police and the Coast Guard who used vessels and helicopters.
Fabrice Leggeri, the executive director of the newly established European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) who also attended the event described the exercise as very impressive.