The project was financed by the EU Transition Facility Programme mechanism. The short-term project purpose was to develop procedures for implementing and using advanced statistical programmes for DNA mixtures and familial/relatives search and to train forensic DNA experts in order to facilitate incorporating the statistical programmes into daily laboratory work and reduce the possibility of mistake when detecting the identity of the criminal offence perpetrator. The long term objective is to enhance the capacities of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Croatia to effectively combat crime in line with the related European policies and strategies.
Speeches were delivered by Assistant Director of the Central Finance and Contracting Agency in Croatia, Ms Nirvana Sokolovski, Head of Department for Political Reporting and Analyses within European Commission Representation in Croatia, Ms Mirella Rašić, Deputy Director of the Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police, Mr Krzysztof Borkowski, and Mr Zvonimir Vnučec Deputy of General Police Director in Croatia.
Presentation on the overall result and benefit of the CRO STAT project was provided by Mr Dražen Mayka, BC Project Leader, Forensic Science Centre “Ivan Vučetić”. Second presentation on experiences gained through the project implementation and the way forward was delivered by Ms Renata Zbieć-Piekarska, MS Leader of the Project, Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police/ Poland.