February 4, 2023
Croatia To Join Schengen Area By January 1, 2023
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Croatia To Join Schengen Area By January 1, 2023

Croatia To Join Schengen Area By January 1, 2023

Members of the European Union have confirmed the admission of Croatia into the Schengen area while rejecting the candidacies of Bulgaria and Romania. 
During a meeting of EU interior ministers in Brussels, yesterday, the Permanent Representation of Croatia to the EU tweeted that Croatia joins the Schengen area as of 1 January 2023.  

Ylva Johansson, EU commissioner for Home Affairs said Romania and Bulgaria were denied access to the area because members are not united. 

Bulgaria and Romania require a unanimous vote from EU members in order to fully join the Schengen Area. 

Last month, the European Commission, had ruled that all three candidate countries met the technical criteria for joining and the European Parliament voted in favour of their membership. However, Austria opposed the Bulgarian and Romanian bids over immigration concerns. 

  

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