Croatia joins Schengen area

epa06806184 A flag of Croatia (L) and the European Union (EU, R) are pictured prior a meeting of Croatian President Grabar-Kitarovic and European Commission President Juncker (both not pictured) in Brussels, Belgium, 14 June 2018. Croatia joined the EU on 01 July 2013 and will see the fifth anniversary on 01 July 2018. EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET

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After being an EU member for six years , the European Commission has given Croatia the greenlight to join the Schengen zone.

Euronews reports that after four years of assessment the Commission says that Zagreb meets the necessary conditions to be part of the passport-free travel area. Countries joining must be able to ensure the security of the bloc’s external border – a sensitive political topic due to migration since 2015.

“The future Schengen accession of Croatia, but also Bulgaria and Romania is all the more relevant and necessary given the migratory and security challenges of today,” Commissioner Dimitri Avramopoulos said.

It is a sore point for Romania and Bulgaria – members since 2010, they have yet to be granted access to Schengen.

Via Euronews

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