What major events does 2023 have in store?

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From King Charles III’s upcoming coronation at Westminster Abbey to the first ever Africa Super League and commemorating the 50th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death, FRANCE 24 looks ahead to the new year and shares some of the major events coming up in 2023.

Croatia adopts the Euro and joins the Schengen Area

More than nine years after joining the European Union on July 1, 2013, Croatia becomes the 20th country to adopt the Euro and the 27th to join the Schengen visa-free travel area on January 1.

It will help Croatia cement deeper financial ties with the currency’s 19 other users and the European Central Bank. In addition, eurozone visitors will no longer need to exchange their euros for Croatian kuna and stop at border controls before entering the Baltic nation.

"After 10 years of membership (in the EU), we intentionally and deservedly reached the stage where we would become the only country in history to join the Schengen and eurozones on the same day," Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic told AP during a recent business conference. These changes "will have a transformative impact on our economy", he added.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso's death on April 8, 1973 in the medieval village of Mougins on the French Rivieira, museums across Europe and the US will participate in the 1973-2003 Picasso Celebration. This event will be organised by the Musée National Picasso-Paris, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, the artist’s grandson, and José Guirao, Spain’s former culture minister, who passed away in July 2022.


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