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Croatia plans to enter Schengen in 2015

Croatian Times

Croatia plans to enter the Schengen area, within which there are no border controls, in 2015, two years after gaining full EU membership in 2013, reported Croatian radio television.

"I believe we are well on our way if we by the end of the year complete the action plan about meeting the Schengen standards, said Croatia's Minister of Internal Affairs Ranko Ostojic from Brussels, where he attended a meeting of the Council for Justice and Home Affairs.

Ostojic added that by the end of this year at Croatian borders, which will soon become the external border of the EU, there would be 450 new border police, border passes should be completed and border police equiped. From 1 July 2013, when Croatia enters the EU, they will have access to 120 million Euros for the purchase of helicopters for surveillance of external borders of the EU.

Besides the Schengen area, other topics discussed at the ministerial meeting, at which Ostojic participated as an observer, were related to the issue of illegal migrants, migrant pressure on the Greek-Turkish border, and the management of the asylum system.




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