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Austrian Chancellor gives green light for Croatia’s entry into border-free Schengen zone

Written by  Nov 23, 2022

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said on Tuesday, the day before his visit to Zagreb, that his country would not veto Croatia's accession to the Schengen area.

"We hardly feel any migrant pressure from Croatia towards the north. Since Croatia fulfills the border protection requirements in an exemplary manner, I don't see a problem there. The countries are voted on individually," Nehammer said in an interview with reporters on Tuesday in Klagenfurt, as reported by the Austrian daily Kleine Zeitung.

The paper adds that this "in simple language means that the threat of a veto is aimed at Bulgaria and Romania.”

Austrian Interior Minister Gerhard Karner caused great concern in Croatia after he said that he was against the extension of the Schengen area to Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania. In recent days, he has repeatedly said that he is against the expansion of the Schengen zone, which he said is not working, which can be seen from the increased number of asylum seekers in Austria.

This was emphasized by Chancellor Nehammer, who said that in Austria "there are 100,000 people who crossed the border irregularly, of which 75,000 crossed countries like Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, without being registered by the security authorities there. It's a security risk and we have to take care of it."

Nehammer is coming to Croatia on a working visit on Wednesday.



The Voice of Dubrovnik


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