Croatia’s plans to become a member of the Schengen area have once again received support, this time from the relevant EU Commissioner. The Croatian Interior Minister, Davor Boyinovic, met with Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, in Brussels this week and received “strong support” for Croatia’s proposal to enter the Schengen family.
Due to its geographical shape and location Croatia’s borders are long and challenging to control. It also has long borders with non-EU countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, meaning that Croatia would therefore be on the front line of Schengen. This present special challenging factors for the country. After joining the European Union in 2013 the country has yet to join the Eurozone, meaning adopting the Euro as the official currency, or become a member of the Schengen border agreement.
"After meeting Mr Avramopoulos, I can say that Croatia's accession to the Schengen area is a shared interest of both Croatia and the European Commission. The importance of what Croatia has been doing for the security of citizens - not only for Croatian citizens, but the EU's as well - and for creating conditions to enable the Schengen area to restore the values that had existed before the migrant crisis, has been recognised," Bozinovic said to the press after the meeting in Brussels.
Croatia hopes its efforts will be recognised and rewarded with an appropriate political decision before it takes over the chairmanship of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2020, the ministry added.