Interior Minister Davor Božinović will present Croatia at the conference in Marrakech, where the Global Compact will be confirmed in December for safe, well-organised and regular migration – the so-called Marrakech Declaration, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday and stressed that this document “is not a problem”.
“We have decided to represent Croatia in Marrakech with the Minister of the Interior. We have our responsibilities, we have our tasks and we believe that this is a good and responsible message for both the Croatian public and all our partners,” said Plenkovic during the introductory presentation at the session.
He pointed out that the Global Compact is the result of the international community’s desire to find a global solution, primarily for legal migration.
The government has ruled that the ‘Marrakech document’ is not a problem because it is not an international treaty, but a non-binding catalogue of measures, said Plenkovic, stressing that each state retains the sovereign right to shape its migration policy.
He added that the content of the document was already embedded in the foundations of Croatian migration policy, including the prevention of illegal migration.
The so called Marrakech Declaration on Legal Migration has caused a rift between President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, who had announced that she would support it, but later reneged on that, and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, who saw nothing controversial in that document.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Marija Pejčinović Burić, will present a report on the Global Compact on safe, regulated and regular migrations.
The Prime Minister has earlier announced that it will demystify all its provisions, meaning, purpose and goal, as a way of highlight the fact that it is not legally binding, not to be signed and not subject to ratification neither by the government nor by the Parliament.