The European Commission on Wednesday made a recommendation to the Council of the European Union to gradually integrate Croatia into the Schengen Information System (SIS), an information sharing system for border management and security in Europe.
The Commission said that this will allow for closer cooperation between Croatia and other EU Member States as well as Schengen Associated Countries in finding persons who are sought in relation to criminal activities, missing persons and certain objects such as stolen vehicles and documents.
Croatia filed an application on 1 July 2015 to be accepted to the Schengen area, which was followed by an evaluation procedure concerning Croatia's readiness.
Based on the evaluation process, the Commission on Wednesday confirmed that Croatia has met the technical and legal requirements to begin a phasing in process. Currently, Croatia can only cooperate in SIS for the purpose of law enforcement cooperation.
Croatia is one step closer to accessing the Schengen area and being completely integrated into SIS, which is particularly important in light of the proposal of systematic checks at the EU external borders of everyone entering the European Union.