The red-white-red veto threat against Croatia’s accession to the Schengen area is now finally off the table. “We will support Croatia’s path into the Schengen area, and at the same time we will be very critical of the efforts of Bulgaria and Romania,” Nehammer clarified on Wednesday after talks with his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic in Zagreb.
No “bad blood” or “chilled mood” could be felt during Nehammer’s visit to Zagreb. After Interior Minister Gerhard Karner threatened to veto Schengen accession, Nehammer was able to quickly revive his “old friendship” with Croatia. Especially when it comes to migration, it was emphasized that they are on the same side after an intensive working meeting in the Croatian metropolis. Croatia has “a lot of understanding for Austria” Prime Minister Plenkovic also promised support against the hesitant forces in Brussels: “We have a lot of understanding for the situation Austria. After accession, we will also formulate joint measures for the EU Commission,” said the conservative politician. For Bulgaria and Romania, however, there will be a “No” from Vienna: “We see very clearly that these countries still have some catching up to do,” emphasized Nehammer Jandrokovic together. On Thursday he will talk to Plenkovic and the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder about the gas supply at the liquid gas terminal on the island of Krk.