Croatia on the way to join Schengen Area

BRUSSELS, The European Commission Tuesday announced that Croatia has taken the measures needed to ensure that the necessary conditions for the full application of the Schengen rules and standards are met.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a press statement commended Croatia for its efforts and perseverance to meet all the necessary conditions to join Schengen.

Sharing the achievement of Schengen must be our common objective. This is why I trust that Member States will take the right steps for Croatia to become a full Schengen member soon, he added.

On his part, EU Commissioner for Migration and interior affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos said once Croatia “becomes a full Schengen member, it will contribute to further strengthening the Schengen area and ensure that the EU?’s external borders are better protected.” The European Commission in a statement called on the EU Council of Ministers to discuss the matter with the aim of integrating Croatia into the Schengen area. Croatia joined the EU in 2013.

The Schengen area is the largest free-travel area in the world, currently including 22 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) as well as 4 non-EU countries (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein).

It allows citizens to move freely between those countries without having to go through border checks, making it easier to travel, work and live across borders.

Source: Kuwait News Agency