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Croatia Might Join Schengen Zone in Three Years

Published: July 25, 2013; 13:32 · (Vindobona)

Croatia to start procedures for no-passport zone in 2015.

Croatia Might Join Schengen Zone in Three Years / Picture: © Vindobona.org

Slovenian Interior Minister Gregor Virant met his Croatian counterpart Ranko Ostojic at the Dragonja border crossing on Wednesday to inspect the recently introduced joint police checks on the Slovenian-Croatian border. He said the next step for Croatia was entering the Schengen Area, which could come to pass in three years. "We can't wait for Croatia to enter the Schengen Area so that the border is finally lifted," Virant said, pointing out the large hold-ups at the main crossings between Slovenia and Croatia during the summer season.

Croatia, as the newest member of the European Union, will start procedures for the Schengen-zone in two years. The Slovenian Interior Minister is positive that Croatia will join the passport-free zone soon. "We can count on Croatia entering the Schengen regime relatively soon", Virant said. According to him, the required procedures following the mandatory two-year evaluation period could be finished "very quickly, perhaps in half a year or one year".

Ten years after its application for membership, Croatia became the 28th member within the European Union on July 1 2013.

In Austria, the EU Accession of Croatia is taken up positively. 46 percent of Austrians take a positive view, while 29 percent reject the accession, according to a survey of the Austrian Society for European Politics. The Austrian economy too takes a positive view on the EU enlargement. Almost € 7bn was invested in Croatia by Austrian enterprises.

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