Schengen

2023 marked a turning year for Croatia: border controls, currency exchange will be a memory from the past. The country celebrated the new year with two major and radical steps within the European integration, by joining both the Eurozone and the Schengen area.

Croatia joined the Union back in 2013 undergoing since then a period of reforms in order to meet the so-call “acquis”, a series of requirements necessary to fully access the two above-mentioned sectors. From 1 January 2023, the Euro has become the national currency, thus replacing the kuna. At the same time, on the very same day people may travel within the Schengen area without border controls, experiencing the benefits of free movement: “Croatians are joining a community of 347 million Europeans who are using the euro in their everyday lives. This is a major achievement for Croatia, a symbol of its deep-rooted attachment to the EU, and a symbolic moment for the euro area as a whole” cheered President von der Leyen.


Croatia celebrated the new year with two major and radical steps within the European integration, by joining both the Eurozone and the Schengen area


Speaking of achievements, ALDA is implementing the “European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE)” in Croatia, spurring reforms in terms of good-governance thus awarding those municipalities that successfully carried out the programme, while stimulating an in-depth knowledge of the democratic process among Local Authorities.

Overall, ALDA joined the celebration for these important milestones. By having three Operational Partners (OPs) based in Croatia, focusing on increasing cross-border cooperation and consumers’ awareness, together with our Croatian members ALDA is working to foster citizens’ participation in the social and national life, being active actors in the overall participatory democracy framework.

 

Welcome to Croatia for being closer and stronger part of the EU!

 

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