October 28, 2008
After the killing of two high-profile journalists, the Croatian government has declared war on organized crime and quickly set up a new police unit. Deputy parliament speaker Vladimir Seks, a senior member of Sanader’s ruling HDZ party, said the country was facing a grave emergency.
Highly organized crime has been an heritage of war and transition at the same time in the Balkans. This type of crime is very dangerous for such a new state as Croatia as it undermines the authority of the stately institutions, but it is usually not violent. In fact, Croatia and the Western Balkans have enjoyed falling muder and violent crime rates in the past decade. Violent and organized crime had seemed to be a Bulgarian business.
However worrying is the force of the Croatian criminals, it should not prevent Croatia from joining the EU. One of the most important characteristics of the Balkans organized crime is that it serves the demand from the EU, and could be much better tackled within a single economic and policing zone. This is something that we cannot lock out.
The 8thCircle is right to point out that we should also watch what measures the Croatian government takes.Author : Dániel Antal