Croatian police paraded 50 new vehicles, worth over 1 million euros, provided by the European Union on Monday for patrolling the nation’s borders…
50 Mitsubishi Pick Up and Outlanders were provided to the Ministry of Internal Affairs as part of Croatia’s pending Schengen membership entry and were part of the Schengen Facility Fond.
Croatia recently started the application process for joining the Schengen area. Joining the Area, named after the village of Schengen in Luxembourg where the Schengen Agreement, which led to the Area’s creation, was signed, entails eliminating internal border controls with the other Schengen members, while simultaneously strengthening external border controls with non-Schengen states.
The evaluation and monitoring process for Croatia, which will include visits from EU officials in 2016 to monitor such aspects as external borders, the Schengen information system and visa polices, is expected to take one year.
(photo credit: MUP)