21:55 / 24.05.2021.

Author: Katja Miličić

PM: European Council could address Croatia’s Schengen bid by end of year

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Before EU leaders met in Brussels for an in-person summit for the first time in five months on Monday, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković talked with European Council President Charles Michel, addressing two key issues for Croatia: joining the Schengen Area and the Eurozone.

The Prime Minister said he received assurances from Michel that Croatia’s entry into the Schengen Area would be on the Council’s agenda by the end of the year.

"As far as my encounter with Charles Michel goes, it was one of our regular meetings ahead of European Council sessions. I articulated our aspirations to join the Eurozone, our aspirations to join the Schengen Area, as the two key goals that we want to achieve as soon as possible, and of course, that this major achievement for Croatia happens during our second term in office. He expressed his strong support for the Eurozone and for Schengen."

He added that for Slovenia, which hold the EU’s rotating Presidency until the end of the year, Croatia's membership in the Schengen Area would mean less cost and greater security at the border.

EU leaders are discussing bloc's response to the pandemic, climate change, external relations with a focus on Russia and he EU's relationship with the UK.

“This is very good for Croatia because we would be using all of the databases that are not available to us at this time as a member state that is not part of the Schengen Area. So, our interests on this issue converge,” said Plenković.

EU leaders are discussing bloc's response to the pandemic, climate change, external relations with a focus on Russia and he EU's relationship with the UK. Also on the agenda is how the bloc should respond to the May 23 incident involving the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk by Belarussian authorities.

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