Croatia can become a member of the Schengen area from January 1, 2023

Croatia can become a member of the Schengen area from January 1, 2023

The Prime Minister stressed that Croatia has fulfilled all the necessary requirements in order to join the Schengen, and is ready to provide additional clarifications on this matter to everyone who wants it.

He also added that the committee of the European Parliament will give a positive opinion on Croatia in the coming weeks — after checking criteria such as protecting Croatia's borders and managing the migration situation.  The final decision on such matters rests with the Justice and Home Affairs Council of the European Union.

The official also expressed support for two other European Union member states, Bulgaria and Romania, on their way to join the Schengen area.

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Earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he supported the membership in the Schengen area of ​​the three Balkan countries: Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia. The Chancellor confirmed that they all meet the necessary requirements to become full Schengen members.

“Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria meet all the technical requirements for full membership. I will work to make them full members, — Scholz said in a statement. 

However, in August, human rights organizations called on the EU authorities to prevent Croatia from entering the Schengen area, basing their position on the treatment of migrants by the Balkans: “Croatia’s illegal and forced return of asylum seekers, and migrants should deprive it of the right to join the Schengen area.

However, the European Commission remained unconvinced. So Croatia has every chance to meet the New Year 2023 as part of the Schengen area.

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