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06ZAGREB1361 2006-11-13 15:11:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Zagreb
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EXBS: CROATIA/SLOVAKIA/SLOVENIA ADVISOR MONTHLY REPORTING

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SUBJECT: EXBS: CROATIA/SLOVAKIA/SLOVENIA ADVISOR MONTHLY REPORTING
CABLE - OCTOBER 2006




1. SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS

Croatia



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05 October, Met with Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Head of
Department for International Cooperation and staff, at their
request, to provide advice over a range of export control topics to
include procedures for conducting licensing end user verifications
in foreign countries and applying practical approaches for
verification of information provided in export license
applications.



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06 October, Met with Ministry of Interior (MoI) General Police
Directorate, Deputy Head (DH) of Border Police (BP) Directorate and
Head of Maritime and Airport Border Police Department to update
status of the mustang suit and tough book donation acquisition and
to schedule a Border Assessment of the Danube River Border in the
Slavonija Region of Croatia.



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12 - 13 October, conducted a Threat Assessment of the Eastern
Danube River border of Croatia accompanied by the BP DH. The
assessment findings and recommendations are currently in draft to be
completed and disseminated under separate cover circa mid Nov.
Essentially, the assessment revealed the BP currently has
insufficient resources and equipment to patrol the border with
measurable effectiveness.



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18 October, met with the Ministry of Finance (MOF), Customs
Directorate, Assistant Director Generals (ADGs) for International
Cooperation and European Integration, Anti-Smuggling, Finance,
Staffing and Legal Affairs, and Department Heads of the training
academy and International Cooperation. The agenda included
authorizing recent grant donations and scheduling and setting agenda
topics for a working meeting in November. The agreed agenda
included legislative revisions authorizing Customs Criminal
Investigative authority to include Export Controls Enforcement and
formulating design of the Customs Academy academic and curricula
structure.



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20 October, met with Ministry of Economy (MOE), Head of Trade
Policies (Licensing) and Senior Counselor to discuss status of
Export Control legislation revisions and agenda for the upcoming
Industry - Government Forum. MoE reaffirmed their request for EXBS
assistance in the revision process to ensure it could be complete as
soon as possible.

Slovenia



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09 October, met with Ministry of Economy (MOE), Undersecretary
for Foreign Economic Relations (Licensing) who advised the Tracker
Site Survey and Questionnaire is nearing completion, currently
awaiting a response from one Ministry. It was anticipated the
process would be complete by November.

Slovakia



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30 October, conducted an introductory courtesy call meeting with
the new Ministry of Economy (MOE), Head of the Department of
Sensitive Goods (Licensing) and provided a briefing on EXBS past and
current program assistance, including the recent Tracker upgrade.
The Department Head reaffirmed a commitment to adhere to all legal
licensing protocol with no change in the effectiveness or efficiency
of that office. The Tracker Network upgrade should be connected and
security certified by mid Jan.




2. TRAINING CONDUCTED DURING REPORTING PERIOD

Croatia



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02 - 05 October, the Commodity Identification Training scheduled
for this time period had to be postponed until 2007 due to problems
coordinating the receipt of prospective attendees against the time
constraints imposed to satisfy the Leahy Vetting procedural
requirements.



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27 October, The Rapiscan Company and its Croatian subsidiaries
conducted a products promotion presentation at Embassy Zagreb hosted
by the U.S. Commercial Service. Attendance was diversified including
representation from GOC Ministries and the private security and

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industry sector.

Slovenia



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02 - 05 October, the third deployment of the U.S. Commerce
sponsored Internal Control Program (ICP) was conducted with the
excellent assistance of the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce. The
event was well attended and the Slovenian Ministries responsible for
presenting segments of the program demonstrated significant
improvement toward generating interest in their scheduled
presentations.

BRADTKE