European Union countries agreed Thursday to allow Croatia to fully open its borders and participate in Europe’s ID-check-free travel zone, APA reports citing APnews.
“The Schengen area is growing for the first time in more than a decade,” tweeted the Czech Republic which holds the EU’s rotating presidency.
“Ministers approved Croatia’s membership as of 1 January 2023!".
The so-called Schengen area is the world’s largest free travel zone. It comprises 26 countries — 22 EU states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Almost 1.7 million people live in one Schengen country and work in another. Around 3.5 million people cross an internal border each day.