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Croatia Eager to Join EU’s Visa-Free Schengen Zone on Jan. 1

  • Croatia expects to clear last hurdles before year end
  • Croatia supports Romanian, Bulgarian Schengen aspirations
Tourists in Ban Jelacic Square in Zagreb, Croatia

Tourists in Ban Jelacic Square in Zagreb, Croatia

Photographer: Petar Santini/Bloomberg

Croatia expects to clear the last formal hurdles in its quest to join the European Union’s visa-free travel zone before the end of the year, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said.

The Balkan state is seeking to join the so-called Schengen area to boost its tourism-dependent economy and ease passage for the more than 10 million Europeans who travel to Croatia each year.