Zoran Milanović with crew of ship Andrija Mohorovčić

Croatia has made a firm decision to join the European Union's "Triton 2015" humanitarian action and is proud of it as it shows what country, whose top professionals are doing a serious job, Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said on Sunday in Catania on a tour of the Croatian warship Navy ŠB-73 "Andrija Mohorovičić".

"This is a serious ship for us, we are a small country, and when we look at who is here, then we see that there are either big or rich countries and therefore this man needs to get rid of his hat because they are doing a tough job," Milanovic said in a statement to reporters who accompany him to visit Sicily.

To the journalist's question of how Croatia will react to the possible inflow of refugees from neighboring countries, Milanovic assessed that the situation is closely monitored and that the state is ready to assist, because "people seeking a better life want to move on to the richest countries of Europe" .

"I think these people should be given the opportunity to get employed, to create, to pay taxes, to contribute, because they will come back safely and not have to go back," said the Prime Minister.

Asked if Croatia had, after sending "Andrew Mohorovičić" and a smaller ship "Sv. Dujma "two days ago in the rescue operations of the refugees, opportunities for additional support, Milanovic replied -" Well, well, some and some have some involvement. We are not really Britain, this is what we give is very much. " But he reminded him that the five Coast Guard Coast Guard ships were being built. "Let's take care of it because we know what the sea is," the prime minister said.

Asked what a country that is only two years old in the EU to participate in the first international search and rescue operation, Milanovic reminded that Croatia in Afghanistan had already been 13 years, claiming that by participating in the first mission of this kind somehow pave the way to other small countries and therefore, given its size, it gives a great contribution.

The Prime Minister dismissed the journalist's thesis that Croatia was against the EU's binding refugee quotas, pointing out that it only wanted the European Commission to take the lead in addressing this issue and set out the advisory quotas, saying that Brussels is going to say which way to go.

"We were in solving this issue," Milanovic said at the end of his statement to journalists in Catania.

(Hina)