Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Union Commission, held talks in Croatia, which is included in the Schengen and Eurozones as of today.
Von der Leyen, who visited Brigana on the Croatian border with Slovenia, was accompanied by Slovenian President Natasa Berk Musar and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.
Von der Leyen, who made a statement in the area where the border cliffs in Slovenia were removed from midnight with the inclusion of Croatia in the Schengen area, noted that today is a historic day and said: “Today is a day we celebrate. Croatia entered, which is one of the youngest Members of the European Union, the Schengen Area and the Eurozone today. Two big steps in one day. He said.
Von der Leyen said citizens could travel more freely, and said: “Croats will not forget this day when they pay in euros for the first time. The euro will make you stronger in terms of trade and investment.”
The currency was euros
Pointing out that Croatia has achieved its strategic, national and political goals today, host Plenković said: “We are the first country to take two steps in one day. From today, nothing will be the same. Vehicles pass by without any control. No waiting, no crowds,” he said.
Noting that Croatia has become the border of the European Union, Plenkovic said, “We will use our experience to further strengthen Schengen.”
Burke Musar congratulated Croatia and said: “Europe is our homeland and it will remain so.” He said, “Our responsibility is to protect it.”
Von der Leyen will also drink coffee with Plenkovic in the capital, Zagreb, and pay in euros.
Since Croatia became the 27th member of the Schengen Area at midnight yesterday, it also changed its official currency from the kuna to the euro.
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