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MEPs approve Croatia’s full membership of Schengen area

On 10 November, the European Parliament approved lifting internal border controls between Croatia and Schengen.

“Croatia has agreed to join the Schengen-free travel area. It has met all requirements. Croatia has met all requirements and received the most thorough evaluation of any EU country for Schengen membership. It also met 281 of the Schengen acquis’s 8 areas. Paulo Rangel, MEP and the European Parliament negotiator for Croatia’s accession at Schengen, said that he is confident that it will be another success story in European integration.

“I urge EU member countries to give their green light to Croatia’s accession into the Schengen area so that internal border controls can be lifted before the end of the year.” Rangel stated that granting Croatia Schengen status, while it joins the Euro on January 1, 2023, sends a strong message to the Western Balkans regarding their future EU aspirations.

All EU member states that are members of the Schengen region must agree to the final formal decision to lift Croatian internal controls.


With 176 members from all EU member countries, the EPP Group is the largest group of political parties in the European Parliament.

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