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The popular holiday country Croatia has finally received the green light for accession to the control-free Schengen area. The EU Interior Minister agreed to join. Bulgaria and Romania still have to wait.

Mit dem Beitritt zum Schengen-Raum rückt das Urlaubsland Kroatien noch näher an Europa - hier der Hafen von Rovinj © Dragoslav Dedović/DW With the accession to the Schengen area, the holiday country Croatia is moving closer to Europe-here the port of Rovinj

The popular holiday country Croatia has finally received the green light for the accessible Schengen area. Accordingly, the EU Interior Minister voted on the extension of the association from currently 26 European countries at a meeting in Brussels. The Schengen accession for Bulgaria and Romania, on the other hand, failed due to the resistance of the Netherlands and Austria.

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Austria's Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer recently made it clear that a lifting of border controls with a view to Romania and Bulgaria is currently out of the question for his country. He cited the reason that too many unregistered migrants were arriving.

Der niederländische Regierungschef Rutte hat rechtsstaatliche Bedenken beim Beitritt Bulgariens zum Schengen-Raum © Robin Utrecht/ANP/AFP/Getty Images The Dutch Prime Minister Rutte has the rule of law when he joined Bulgaria to the Schengen area

The resistance of the Netherlands is directed solely against Bulgaria, for example due to the rule of law. It takes more time to make a decision, said Prime Minister Mark Rutte on the grounds.

EU Commission urged to join all three countries

The EU Commission recently impressed to include both Croatia as well as Bulgaria and Romania in the Schengen area, between whose members there are usually no inpatient border controls. The authority found that the EU will make the EU more secure and more attractive and contribute to more prosperity in mid -November. The three countries have already been partially bound to the Schengen rules, but the controls at the internal borders have not yet been lifted.

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Der Stau an der slowenisch-kroatischen Grenze könnte bald der Vergangenheit angehören © Stipe Majic/AA/Picture Alliance The traffic jam on the Slovenian-Croatian border could soon be a thing of the past

on the border with Croatia formed huge traffic jams every summer. Now the controls at the land borders could be omitted in early 2023 at the airports in March next year. Croatia will also lead the euro as a means of payment as a means of payment next year. Schengen is considered the milestone of European integration The Schengen area currently includes 22 EU countries as well as Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and and Switzerland. An extension must be decided unanimously. In addition, the European Parliament has to agree what has already happened for Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. Romania and Bulgaria have been waiting for the decision since 2011.

In the countries of the Schengen area, trips are possible without any border controls. The agreement made in 1985 in the Luxembourg town of Schengen is considered a milestone in European integration. In addition to the Schengen expansion,

was the topic of migration on the agenda at the meeting, the prospect of a possible increase in those seeking protection from Ukraine in the coming winter.

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