The inclusion of Croatia, one of the smallest members of the European Union (EU), into both the Schengen Area and the Eurozone from January 1 is expected to bring many innovations to the country.
While Croatia is preparing for change months in advance, the public hopes that the transitional process that awaits them will be easy in terms of using the euro, which will greatly affect their daily lives.
The transition from the kuna to the euro will continue until January 15th.
The operator Marko Mikulec, who can use both currencies, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that he expects an easy transition period and said: “I have converted the cash register and postal machine into euros. No matter the payment method, it is given in euros with change.” He said.
Pharmacist Meggie Gruber also said that some citizens still do not shop because they are suspicious of the situation, adding that “the corresponding bank has been working hard since it opened in the past days.” He said.
On the other hand, retired Ivan Bogilic stated that he had received euros for the sums he paid in Kona and said, “I am ready for this situation. Only 100 Konam left. My euro is ready. Everything will be on the right track in the coming days.” Use the phrase.
Aleksandr Manojlovic, who works as a waiter in the café, explained that customers continue to pay with kuna “for the time being” and said, “They will be able to do this until January 15. Then there will be no kuna. I think everyone should go to banks as soon as possible.” and convert their kunas into euros.” He said.
Croatia’s accession to Schengen is an advantage for Bosnia and Herzegovina
It is mentioned that the accession of Croatia to the Schengen Area from January 1 is of great importance for the neighboring country, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Emphasizing that the inclusion of Croatia in Schengen is very beneficial for them, Svlad Hoffman, Advisor to the Director of Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said: “Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be able to cross into the country of their choice in the European Union without waiting after passing the controls at the Croatian border. This is an extreme situation Importance “. He said.
Noting that there may be long queues for temporary vehicles in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has become one of the last stops before the Schengen area, Hoffman noted, “The waiting time for vehicles at the border may be longer until full familiarity is achieved with that of Croatia.” He said.
In the statement issued by the Chamber of Foreign Commerce of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it was indicated that Croatia’s entry into Schengen would have some effects on their countries, and he said, “In this context, stricter controls will be applied.” Statement included.
Stating that the Schengen area is an area that is not under border control, the statement said: “Bosnia and Herzegovina has 17 border crossings with Croatia. In two of these crossings, the international transportation of all kinds of goods to the European Union takes place. Therefore, in this sense, the controls will increase.” . Rating included.
Croatia became a member of the European Union in 2013
Croatia, which became a member of the European Union in 2013, became the 27th member of the Schengen Area on January 1, while also changing its official currency from the kuna to the euro.
Croatia has implemented the Schengen rules piecemeal since 2013, when it joined the European Union. Croatia believes that joining Schengen will have a positive impact on the country’s economy and increase its competitiveness thanks to free, faster and cheaper circulation of goods and services. The country also expects to increase tourism revenues as a Schengen member.
The Croatian government has announced that from January 1, the country’s borders will be made in accordance with Schengen rules for road, rail and sea transport, and has set a date of March 26, 2023 for airports to be fully ready.
Croatia also became the twentieth country in the European Union to use the euro.
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