Talks on the Future of the European Union

Croatia’s Accession to the Schengen Zone , Zagreb 12 December 2022

A day after the Justice and Home Affairs Council gave the green light to the accession of Croatia to the EU as of 1 January 2023 policy makers and international relations experts from fifteen Schengen and non-Schengen member states discussed the implications of Croatia’s accession to the Schengen Zone for the EU’s internal and external security.

The European zone of free movement as one of the greatest European achievements has been under stress over the past decade, foremost due to the migration crisis, persistent threats to internal security and the coronavirus pandemic. The conclusions that emerged from the conference related to legitimate concerns of member states regarding migration pressures and pending improvements to the Schengen system. This can only be resolved by a common decisive reaction by the Schengen member states and in close cooperation with the others.