The Croatian Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds has announced that 25 million euros out of the 400 million euros allocated for strengthening the civil protection system will be used for adaptation to climate change on the islands. Specifically, the Croatian islands of Ošljak will receive this funding to manage climate-related risks such as fires, storms, and droughts. The ministry also stated that calls for grants will be published in the coming weeks for purchases such as rescue helicopters, firefighting equipment, and demining equipment.
The implementation of projects worth 400 million euros by 2029 includes the development of video surveillance and early fire detection systems, as well as investment in flood defense. Particularly, the continuation of the flood defense project in Karlovac-Sisak area will be a focus. Additionally, plans are underway to establish regional centers of civil protection in Varaždin, Osijek, Rijeka, Split, and Zagreb.
The Directorate of Civil Protection is currently engaged in implementing projects worth 300 million euros with an additional 200 million euros planned. These projects aim to improve early warning systems, demining efforts, constructing a National Teaching Center of Civil Protection (CZ), commissioning new Operations Center of CZ modernizing information and communication systems for CZ staff members with disabilities as well as protecting cultural heritage and critical infrastructure resilience. Procurement vehicles, vessels and equipment for State Intervention Service members and civil protection units is also planned along with acquisition an educational vehicle – an earthquake simulator.
Furthermore, 105 million euros have been secured for remotely controlled systems for chemical biological radiological or nuclear decontamination and cross-border health threats fight as well as procurement containers tents to accommodate up to 1000 people. These additional capacities will be available to Croatia if needed during international assistance provision.