Croatian telecom operators warn that switching to the euro might temporarily affect some services. Customers of Croatia’s three largest telecom companies will not have access to certain benefits because of the switch in currency from the kuna to the euro on New Year’s Eve and in the early days of 2023, reported Hina. Croatia euro
On 1 January 2023 Croatia will adopt the euro as its currency and will fully join the Schengen area. This marks an important milestone in the history of Croatia, of the euro and Schengen areas and of the EU as a whole. It follows a period of intensive preparation and substantial efforts by Croatia to meet all the necessary requirements.
Hrvatski Telekom (HT) has been informing the users of its mobile network for the last few days that due to the conversion of prices from kuna to euro in the period from 9:00 p.m. on December 31, 2022 to 11:59 p.m. on January 1, 2023, access to the webshop of that telecom company will be disabled. and Moj Telekom applications and portal. During this time, it will not be possible to activate options, including roaming, nor to purchase HT services or top up a voucher, but they say that calls, messages and the Internet will work smoothly.
A1 Croatia informed that due to the changeover to the euro currency, there will be an update of the A1 system in the period from December 31, 2022 at 9:00 p.m. to January 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Because of this, even A1 users will not be able to shop on the telecom webshop during that time, nor activate roaming options and those that include additional data traffic, etc., nor access the Moj A1 application and portal, while the network will work without interruption.
Telemach Hrvatska has informed the users of its mobile network that due to the introduction of the euro in the period from December 31, 2022 to January 6, 2023, the system will be upgraded for Telemach subscribers.
During these works, it will not be possible to switch on and off tariff packages and options (eg roaming packages, data packages) and purchase additional content in all channels.
Telemach advises users to make all necessary changes to their subscription number no later than December 30, while HT and A1 note that they should make the necessary purchases and activations before January 1, or on time.
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The Commission has fully supported Croatia in the process of joining the euro and Schengen areas. With Croatia, 20 EU Member States and 347 million EU citizens will share the EU’s common currency. As for Schengen, this is the eighth enlargement and the first after 11 years.
The euro will deliver practical benefits to Croatian citizens and businesses. It will make travelling and living abroad easier, boost the transparency and competitiveness of markets, and facilitate trade. Euro notes and coins will also become a tangible symbol for all Croatians of the freedom, convenience and opportunity that the EU makes possible. Public support for the euro in the euro area remains very strong, with a broad majority of EU citizens believing the euro is a good thing for the EU as a whole and for their own countries.
The Schengen area allows 420 million people to travel freely between member countries without going through border controls. It allows to develop a common, shared responsibility for controlling the external borders of the Union and the responsibility to issue common Schengen visas. Above numbers, for more than 35 years now Schengen has been an area of values, freedom, security and justice. Especially in the current geopolitical and economic context, the Schengen area is instrumental to stability, resilience and recovery.
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From Sunday, 1 January 2023, the euro will gradually replace the kuna as the currency of Croatia. In line with a consistent record of exchange-rate stability, the kuna will be exchanged at a conversion rate of 1 euro for 7.53450 Croatian kunas. The two currencies will be used alongside each other for a period of two weeks. When receiving payment in kuna, the change will be given in euros. This will allow for a progressive withdrawal of the kuna from circulation.
The dual display of prices in kuna and euro became compulsory on 5 September 2022 and will apply until 31 December 2023. In order to protect consumers and address their concerns about unjustified price increases in the changeover period, a Business Code of Ethics has been introduced to ensure the stability of prices for goods and services by helping businesses to correctly recalculate and display prices. Businesses who sign up for the initiative can display their logo to reassure customers, and will lose this right if found to be in breach of the Code. The Code of Ethics is enforced by the State Inspectorate, which will also monitor the prices of frequently-purchased products and services during the changeover.
70% of automatic teller machines (ATMs) in Croatia will distribute euro banknotes already on 1 January 2023, and the rest will follow as soon as possible thereafter (within two weeks). To facilitate the process, commercial banks will publish online information on which ATMs distribute euros.
The Schengen area is one of the main achievements of the European project. It started in 1985 as an intergovernmental project between five EU countries – France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg – and has gradually expanded to become the largest free travel area in the world.
An enlarged Schengen area without internal border controls will make Europe safer, through reinforced protection of our common external borders and effective police cooperation; more prosperous, by eliminating time lost at borders and facilitating people and business contacts; and more attractive, by significantly expanding the world’s largest common area without internal border controls.
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