Historic new year for Croatia as it joins the euro, Schengen area

Historic new year for Croatia as it joins the euro, Schengen area

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Today Croatia joined the Schengen area and the Eurozone, two huge achievements for the youngest member state of the European Union and both reached on the same day. So indeed, it is a day for the history books.”

Plenkovic and von der Leyen later visited the capital Zagreb where they bought coffee at a cafe using the euro, which replaced Croatia’s kuna currency. After a server brought their coffees to an outdoor table, Plenkovic paid with a handful of euro notes while von der Leyen, seated next to him, applauded.

Croatia entered the European Union in 2013. It became the 27th country to join the Schengen Area and the 20th to adopt the Euro currency.

Finance Minister Marko Primorac told lawmakers last month the advantages of using the euro, saying it would strengthen the economy, improve the investment climate and make Croatia more resistant to external shocks.

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