The opening ceremony of the twinning "Preparation for the Establishment of the S. I. R. E. N. E Office" was performed in the amphitheatre of General Police Directorate on Tuesday. General Police Director Vladimir Faber, Director of the Department for European Integration and Peace Keeping Missions Filip Dragović, the Head of the EC Delegation Vincent Degert, the ambassador of the Republic of Italy Alessandro Pignatti Morano di Custoza, project leaders from Croatia and Italy Mario Rošić and Claudio Schettini, General Antonio Sessa with associates, as well as many representatives of Croatian ministries, state offices and heads of departments and representatives of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia.
Due to the fact that the beneficiary of this project, which has a total value of EUR 130,000, Police Directorate, the Department for International Cooperation, in the framework of establishment of the S.I.R.E.N.E. Office, Vladimir Faber, General Police Director, expressed his satisfaction on status of implementation of this project and emphasized: "The purpose of this project to draft a proposal for legislative and personnel activities of national Department, the assessment of training needs of future employees, as well as raising awareness of the role and significance of S.I.R.E.N.E Office".
Vincent Degert spoke highly of the project and emphasized the importance of S.I.R.E.N.E Office for Croatia for the involvement in Schengen and European Union framework: freedom of movement of persons, goods and funds transfer.
Moreover, the establishment of the S.I.R.E.N.E Office is one of the activities of the Republic of Croatia in connection with fulfillment of obligations stipulated in the acquis communautaire. The legal basis of the S.I.R.E.N.E Office operations originates in Schengen implementation agreements and with establishment of this Office is formed unique point of contact for police cooperation within European area for the purpose of better insight in databases for persons, items, vehicles on the EU level. In this way, the requests will be received from only one place and the coordination of activities with states from Schengen area in view of cross border monitoring, surveillance and cross border pursuit. The realization of Phare 2006 twinning light project "Preparation for the Establishment of the S. I. R. E. N. E Office" which has two development phases, was planned by the end of the first half of 2009. (Source: Ministry of the Interior).