EU chief celebrates ‘immense achievements’ of member Croatia


              Cyclists gather at the Rupa border between Croatia and Slovenia to cross for the first time without any interruptions, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. At the stroke of midnight on Saturday, Croatia switched to the shared European currency, the euro, and removed dozens of border checkpoints to join the world's largest passport-free travel area, completing a dream conceived 30 years ago when it fought a war for independence from Yugoslavia in which 20,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut)
            
              Cyclist Goran Loncar poses for a photo after crossing the Rupa border between Croatia and Slovenia for the first time without any interruptions, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. At the stroke of midnight on Saturday, Croatia switched to the shared European currency, the euro, and removed dozens of border checkpoints to join the world's largest passport-free travel area, completing a dream conceived 30 years ago when it fought a war for independence from Yugoslavia in which 20,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut)
            
              Cars pass through the Rupa border between Croatia and Slovenia by without interruption, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. At the stroke of midnight on Saturday, Croatia switched to the shared European currency, the euro, and removed dozens of border checkpoints to join the world's largest passport-free travel area, completing a dream conceived 30 years ago when it fought a war for independence from Yugoslavia in which 20,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut)
            Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic welcomes Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. Croatia switched to the shared European currency, the euro, and removed dozens of border checkpoints to join the world's largest passport-free travel area. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic) Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, inspect Croatian euro coins in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. Croatia switched to the shared European currency, the euro, and removed dozens of border checkpoints to join the world's largest passport-free travel area. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic) Croatia's Prim Minister Andrej Plenkovic shakes hands with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. Croatia switched to the shared European currency, the euro, and removed dozens of border checkpoints to join the world's largest passport-free travel area. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic) Cyclists cross the Rupa border between Croatia and Slovenia for the first time without any interruptions, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. At the stroke of midnight on Saturday, Croatia switched to the shared European currency, the euro, and removed dozens of border checkpoints to join the world's largest passport-free travel area, completing a dream conceived 30 years ago when it fought a war for independence from Yugoslavia in which 20,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut) A group of Slovenian cyclists crosses the Rupa border between Croatia and Slovenia for the first time without any interruptions, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. At the stroke of midnight on Saturday, Croatia switched to the shared European currency, the euro, and removed dozens of border checkpoints to join the world's largest passport-free travel area, completing a dream conceived 30 years ago when it fought a war for independence from Yugoslavia in which 20,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut) A cyclist crosses the Rupa border between Croatia and Slovenia for the first time without any interruptions, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. At the stroke of midnight on Saturday, Croatia switched to the shared European currency, the euro, and removed dozens of border checkpoints to join the world's largest passport-free travel area, completing a dream conceived 30 years ago when it fought a war for independence from Yugoslavia in which 20,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut) 
              Women in traditional Croatian clothing arrive at the border crossing in Gorican, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. More than nine years after Croatia became the European Union's newest member, it is switching to the EU's common currency, the euro, and joining Europe's passport-free travel Schengen area. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut)
EU chief celebrates ‘immense achievements’ of member Croatia