"Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Brussels on Friday that he expected the decision-making process on Croatia's accession to the Schengen area to proceed according to plan," state agency Hina reported on Friday.
“I have discussed this matter at all levels, with all governments. I think the momentum is slowly gathering for a decision at the level of the Council of the EU,” Plenkovic told reporters upon arrival for the continuation of the two-day EU summit.
Plenkovic said that ongoing talks during the Slovenian EU presidency and the next French presidency would be “crucial for achieving Croatia’s strategic goal – to become a member of the Schengen area.”
Among the topics to be discussed at the summit will be the protection of the EU’s external borders against illegal migration.
Plenkovic said that also discussed would be several action plans with non-EU countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, to help them improve migration management.
He said that during the discussion on foreign policy matters on Thursday evening he had drawn attention to the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, notably to the existing tension and statements by the Serb member of the state presidency, Milorad Dodik, which destabilise the country.
“Croatia supports a single Bosnia and Herzegovina, its independence, sovereignty and good functioning. I also made it clear that the EU should help, together with our partners, first of all, the United States, to achieve a timely agreement on electoral legislation so that at next year’s elections the Croats, as one of the three constituent peoples, can be legitimately and equally represented in the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Plenkovic said.
He said he was pleased with the quality of the discussion on this matter, adding that several leaders had taken part in it.