Croatia’s entry into the Schengen zone is moving forward, according to a press release from the European Commission on January 20, 2017.
The European Commission has issued a press release on progress regarding Croatia joining the Schengen Zone.
Today, the Commission is proposing to the Council to gradually integrate Croatia into the Schengen Information System (SIS), the most widely used information sharing system for border management and security in Europe. This is another important step in enhancing effective information exchange between Member States and increasing the security of European citizens. It will allow for closer cooperation between Croatia and both the other EU Member States as well as the Schengen Associated Countries in finding persons who are sought in relation to criminal activities, missing persons and certain objects such as stolen vehicles and documents. Based on the Schengen evaluation process, Croatia has met the technical and legal requirements to begin a phasing in process. At this stage, Croatia will be able to operate SIS only for the purpose of law enforcement cooperation.