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EU says that Croatia might become full member of Schengen zone

10:24, 10 December 2021
EU says that Croatia might become full member of Schengen zone

Croatia has fulfilled the necessary conditions for full entry into the Schengen area, which implies the abolition of passport controls at its borders with other Schengen countries, the Council of the European Union reported on Thursday.

"Croatia is ready," European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson told a news conference as the Commission had recommended Croatia's inclusion into Schengen in October 2019.

From the moment of Croatia's accession to the EU, all the provisions of the Schengen Convention apply to it, except for those that abolish controls at the internal borders of the Schengen area. 

The passports are still checked at its land borders with Hungary and Slovenia, and at the airports and seaports of Schengen countries, passengers from Croatia pass as non-Schengen.

It was not immediately clear exactly when Croatia will be able to join the Schengen zone, which is considered as one of the EU's biggest achievements underpinning an increasingly integrated and united Europe.

The country had to pass a test for compliance with all conditions to remove this control. Croatia's "Schengen Assessment" was carried out from 2016 to 2020, and this year the European Commission has closed the dossier.