Illegal UAV Flights in Rijeka Area

On February 1, 2020, the opening of the European Capital of Culture 2020 (ECOC 2020) was marked in Rijeka as a whole-day event on more than 30 locations. On the same day, a conference of the Council of Ministers of Culture of South-East Europe was held, the participants of which, together with a number of senior state officials of the European Union and the Republic of Croatia, attended the opening of ECOC 2020 as well. According to the police and organizers, about 20,000 citizens and visitors of Rijeka attended the commemorative program.

To secure the event, the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Police Administration also foresaw the security risk of unmanned aerial vehicles and established an UAS no-fly zone on February 1, 2020 between 11:00 UTC (12:00 LT) and 23:00 UTC (24:00 LT) in the City of Rijeka area.

Despite the ban, the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Police Administration found two people violating the UAS ban: a 31-year-old Croatian citizen at 12:55 and a 36-year-old citizen of the Republic of Serbia at 20:50.

Their unmanned aerial vehicles were temporarily confiscated, and the police will inform the competent civil aviation agency (CCAA) of those events for further action under their jurisdiction.

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