Another 1,680 small arms destroyed in Croatia
On 28 October 2011, a further 1,680 pieces of small arms and light weapons (SALW) were destroyed at the CMC Sisak Steel Mill, Croatia. The destruction took place under the EU funded arms control programme, which supports, among other activities, the improvement of safety through collection and destruction of illegal and surplus SALW. In Croatia, activities are implemented jointly by UNDP Croatia and the Croatian Ministry of Interior in close cooperation with The South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC).
On 11 March 2010, The Council of the EU adopted the Decision 2010/179/CFSP to support SEESAC arms control activities in the Western Balkans, in the framework of the EU Strategy to combat the illicit accumulation and trafficking of SALW and their ammunition.
Under this decision, the EU supports SEESAC in assisting government institutions to collect and destroy illegal and surplus SALW in Croatia and Serbia. In Croatia alone, this project envisions the destruction of 30,000 small arms and light weapons. The total number of destroyed weapons in Croatia under this project has reached 11,115 pieces.