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Before joining the Schengen Area, Croatia will have to meet all conditions, both technical and legal

In its assessment of the fulfilment of the Schengen rules and standards, the European Commission wrote on Tuesday that Croatia has met the conditions for joining the Schengen Area.

Slovenia expects that in the future Croatia will satisfy all of the conditions, both technical and legal, including respect for the rule of law

Slovenia expects that in the future Croatia will satisfy all of the conditions, both technical and legal, including respect for the rule of law | Author Hina/STA

However, despite getting the green light from the European Commission, Croatia is still far from joining the Schengen Area. This is just an intermediate step in the process of the country’s integration into the Schengen scheme, said State Secretary at the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior Sandi Čurin in response to the Commission’s assessment. The evaluation of Croatia is not over.

Slovenia expects that in the future Croatia will satisfy all of the conditions, both technical and legal, including respect for the rule of law, in order to join the Schengen Area, wrote representatives of the office of Prime Minister Marjan Šarec. They emphasised that Croatia will have to demonstrate its ability to provide effective protection of the external border and thus provide security for the entire EU. According to Šarec, Croatia will still have to carry out numerous measures in order to be capable of providing sustainable and effective management of the EU’s external borders and thereby fully satisfy the technical criteria.

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