The European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, has thrown his support behind Croatia entering the border-free Schengen zone as well as adopting the Euro as the official currency.
"I want to make a recommendation to the Council during the mandate of this EC for Croatia to become part of the Schengen area," Juncker said at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.
The head of the Croatian government also expressed the expectation that by the end of the mandate of the EC, Croatia will receive a positive recommendation for joining the Schengen area, pointing out that a great deal has been done in that regard. "Croatia expects to have a positive evaluation of the progress we made in meeting the criteria for joining the Schengen area by the end of this EC mandate," said Plenkovic.
Juncker arrived on Thursday for a two-day visit to Croatia that began in Dubrovnik and ended in the Croatian capital.
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