Schengen under pressure?


On January 28th, the Justice and Home Affairs research unit at CEPS and MEP Carlos Coelho co-hosted a closed-door policy meeting on the topical issue of “Schengen under pressure? Taking stock of the latest developments of the borderless Europe”. The event was organised as part of the SOURCE project with the aim of stimulating a critical debate on the latest developments in the Schengen system and in particular on the recent European Commission proposal to establish a common European Border and Coast Guard. The open discussion was moderated by the journalist Nikolaj Nielsen of the EU Observer, and it gathered together a broad array of knowledgeable experts in the panel discussion, including MEP Agustín Diaz de Mera, Fabrice Leggeri, Executive Director of Frontex, Kees Groenendijk, Professor at the University of Nijmegen and former Chairman of the Meijers Committee, Assya Kavrakova, Director of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) and Sergio Carrera, Head of the JHA programme at CEPS. Some 25 participants representing key stakeholders from civil society, the EU institutions and think tanks actively participated in the discussions (more information available here).