CEPS Project

Research Paper on “An analysis of the Schengen area in the wake of recent developments”


This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizen’s Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the LIBE Committee, analyses the Schengen area in the wake of the European ‘refugee crisis’ and other recent developments. With several Member States reintroducing temporary internal border controls over recent months, the study assesses compliance with the Schengen governance framework in this context. Despite suggestions that the end of Schengen is nigh or arguments that there is a need to get ‘back to Schengen’, the research demonstrates that Schengen is alive and well and that border controls
have, at least formally, complied with the legal framework. Nonetheless, better monitoring and democratic accountability are necessary.

This project was awarded under the Framework Contract for provision of External expertise to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, in the field of Justice and Home Affairs: Immigration, integration and management of EU’s external borders (Lot 4) (IP/C/LIBE/FWC/2013-006/LOT4/C1) with the European Parliament, DG for Internal Policies of the Union. The full list of CEPS’ Framework Contracts is available here.

Lina Vosyliute

Miriam Mir Canet

Project Officer

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Elspeth Guild

Sergio Carrera

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Justice and Home Affairs unit

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