Controls Along Hungarian-Croatian Border Removed
Goričan/Letenye border crossing, adjacent to the Zrinski Bridge on the M7. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Border checks between Hungary and Croatia ceased at midnight on Saturday as Croatia became a member of the European Union's passport-free Schengen area, according to a report by state news wire MTI.
At a celebration to mark the occasion at the border crossing between Letenye, on the Hungarian side, and Gorican, in Croatia, Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlic-Radman, acknowledged Hungary's support in the country's accession to the Schengen area and called it a "historical step".
The minister, who was Croatia's ambassador to Hungary in 2012-2017, added that the removal of border checks would ease travel for landowners in the cross-border region and could boost tourism.
He noted that Croatia also joined the eurozone on January 1.
Some 15 border crossings will be dismantled on the border between Hungary and Croatia.
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