30 Jun 2016

An Analysis of the Schengen Area in the Wake of Recent Developments

Elspeth Guild / Sergio Carrera / Lina Vosyliute / Kees Groenendijk / Evelien Brouwer / Didier Bigo / Julien Jeandesboz / Médéric Martin-Mazé

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Authors: Elspeth Guild, Sergio Carrera, Lina Vosyli?t?, Kees Groenendijk, Evelien Brouwer, Didier Bigo, Julien Jeandesboz and Médéric Martin-Mazé

Series: CEPS researchers’ work published externally       No. of pp: 124

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.

About the authors : Elspeth Guild (CEPS ; Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands and Queen Mary University of London, the UK), Sergio Carrera (CEPS ; Maastricht University Queen Mary University of London, the UK), Lina Vosyli?t? (CEPS), Kees Groenendijk (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands), Evelien Brouwer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Didier Bigo (Centre d'études sur les conflits, liberté et sécurité – CCLS ; King’s College London, the UK), Julien Jeandesboz (Université Libre de Bruxelles – ULB ; CCLS) and Médéric Martin-Mazé (King’s College ; CCLS)

The report can also be downloaded on the European Parliament’s website at www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/571356/IPOL_STU(2016)571356_EN.pdf