Reports indicate no chance of Croatian Schengen entry for at least two more years

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Croatian media is reporting that the Republic of Croatia will not be part of the Schengen area for at least another two years, despite the fact the European Commission is likely to confirm that the country has fulfilled the Schengen technical requirements next week.

There are several reasons for this, one of them being that, apart from Croatia’s neighbour to the north – Slovenia, which is blocking entry, Croatia’s Schengen accession is opposed by the Netherlands, Germany and France, according to the reports.

Until recently, certain high-ranking Croatian officials have been making quite firm statements about Croatia’s potential very early entry into Schengen, they are now very vague.

Last week in Brussels, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković confirmed that “it is politically important for Croatia to receive a positive assessment by the European Commission on its readiness to enter Schengen, which is expected soon, and now it’s impossible to predict when it will enter the area without internal border controls,” according to a report from the Croatian newspaper Jutarnji list.

Via Total Croatia News/ Slobodna Dalmacija/Jutarnji list/Kresimir Zabec

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