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Finnish Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen said on Thursday Finland supported Croatia’s attempt to enter the Schengen space, welcoming Croatia to the European Union as the bloc’s 28th member.

Finland supports Croatia, notably its attempts to join the Schengen zone and in that context there are several areas in which we could realise quality cooperation – the area of integrated border management, police training and border and border control, Rasanen told a news conference after a meeting of the two countries’ delegations.

Underlining it was necessary for the countries joining the zone to meet the necessary technical conditions to protect their borders and the Schengen area, the Finnish minister expressed hope that Croatia would meet all the conditions and demands. She congratulated Croatia on the efforts to join the bloc, recalling that Finland had ratified Croatia’s EU accession treaty last December.

Croatia’s interior minister thanked Finland for its support. Croatia is scheduled to enter the European Union on 1 July. (Hina)

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