2018 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Croatia

Report
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

FUNDING FY15 FY16 FY17 FY99–17 TOTAL
DOS NADR - CWD 850 2,040 0 38,728
DoD 0 0 28 741
COUNTRY TOTAL 850 2,040 28 39,469

Dollars in thousands

CROATIA

Croatia was left with extensive landmine and UXO contamination from the Yugoslav Wars, which occurred between 1992 and 1995. Croatia is still affected by these legacy mines and UXO, but despite this it maintains a robust commercial demining sector that has many Croatian companies competing for demining tasks, both in Croatia and the rest of Europe. The Croatian government funds more than 90 percent of demining tasks performed on its territory, and the country also has a research and development sector for demining-related technologies. Croatia maintains a sizeable stockpile of conventional arms and munitions inherited from the Yugoslav national military that exceeds national defense requirements. Much of this materiel is beyond its shelf life and is in need of destruction or demilitarization.

From 1999 to 2017, the United States provided more than $39.4 million for CWD in Croatia.

In 2017, the Department of State supported the following implementing partner (with FY15 and FY16 funds):

  • ITF worked closely with the Ministry of Defense to demilitarize or destroy over 523 metric tons of excess or aging munitions stockpiles and released 39,800 square meters (9.8 acres) of land in Zadar County and 16,450 square meters (four acres) in Moslava County.
  • ITF also collaborated with the Ministry of Interior during the planning phase to upgrade the munitions storage facility near ?akovo, and with the Ministry of Defense to upgrade its munitions storage facility near Doljani.

With funding from the Department of Defense, USEUCOM and Naval Forces Europe completed site visits and an EOD Level I train-the-trainer event.