19:57 / 02.06.2021.

Author: HRT

European Commission says Croatia is ready to join Schengen Area

Commissioner Johansson and PM Plenković

Commissioner Johansson and PM Plenković

Foto: Patrik Macek / PIXSELL

On Wednesday the European Commission called for the Schengen Border Area to be expanded to include Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. The commission says that all three member states have met all of the technical criteria to join the common visa policy.

The European Commission's Home Affairs Commissioner, Ylva Johansson, noted today that Croatia guarantees that it will protect the bloc's external border and the human rights of migrants: "Croatia is ready to enter Schengen, and so are Romania and Bulgaria. And I expect the council to welcome Croatia into the Schengen Area."

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković expressed his confidence that Croatia achieve its goals of joining both the Schengen Area and the Eurozone: "I believe that we will achieve this goal, we have met all of the criteria. I am firmly confident that both goals of deeper integration will begin in 2022 with Croatia joining the Schengen Area, and then followed by the Eurozone."

Source: HRT

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