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