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30 Years of Schengen – Challenges for the EU in times of crisis

Migration, asylum and borders

Day 1 - Thursday
Day 2 - Friday
CEPS Conference room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge.

CEPS Event

30 Years of Schengen – Challenges for the EU in times of crisis


The '30 Years of Schengen' Conference

The Schengen Agreement was signed on the 14 June 1985 with a view to enabling freedom of movement in Europe. Together with other initiatives, such as the European Single Act, it represented a milestone in the realisation of what later became known as the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. The peculiarity of Schengen however, was to couple the lifting of border controls with offsetting measures in the field of police cooperation and border security. In a nutshell, Schengen attempted to resolve the tension between freedom and control of movement by making the latter the condition of the former.

In light of the current refugee crisis and the follow-up discussion to the Paris attacks of 13 November, this conference aims to take stock of the achievements and challenges of Schengen. Panels are designed to unpack the different components of Schengen's history and locate them in the broader context of the AFSJ. By bringing forward contributions from key actors and observers of Schengen, the conference will foster a pluralistic debate about the Schengen Area, both in terms of achievements, shortcomings and ways to overcome them.

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Date: Thursday, 17 and Friday, 18 December 2015

Time: Day 1 (12 AM – 18.30 PM), Day 2 (9 AM – 18 PM)

Venue: CEPS, Conference Room –  Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Sergio Carrera Sergio Carrera
Sergio Carrera

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Justice and Home Affairs unit

Speakers list
Charles Elsen

former Director General, Council of the European Union

Jean-Louis de Brouwer

Director of Operations, European Commission

Benoit Verjat

Sciences-Po Paris Médialab

Wenceslas de Lobkowicz

former European Commission, Sciences-Po Paris

Médéric Martin-Mazé

King's College London

Tony Venables

Director, Maison des Associations Internationales 

Kees Groenendijk

University of Nijmegen

Beate Winkler

Author, former Director of the EU Agency in Vienna, now FRA

Richard Ares Baumgartner

Head of External Relations, Frontex

Elspeth Guild

University of Nijmegen,CEPS

Wouter Van De Rijt

Council of the European Union

Emilio de Capitani

former European Parliament

Michael Kennedy

former President of Eurojust

Petra Bard

Central European University

Willy Bruggeman

former Europol

Monica den Boer

SeQure Research and Consultancy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Johannes Vos

former Council of the European Union

Peter Hustinx

former European Data Protection Supervisor

Julien Jeandesboz

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Sandra Nunes