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.

The SOURCE network addresses these divergences, creating a platform for information, tools, practical resources, and events and people, all in support of communication and collaboration across sectors.

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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

December 2015



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
J. Peter Burgess
SOURCE Coordinator


Sergio Carrera
Didier Bigo
King’s College London, Sciences-Po Paris

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

December 2015
Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge.


CEPS Conference room

Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels