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EU and Neighbours

Paris, 28 June 2012 - Visa policies and access to Europe

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Notre Europe and the Batory Foundation organise a conference debate on "Visa policies and access to Europe: a major challenge for the EU and its neighbours" on 28th June 2012, 5.30pm – 7.30pm in Paris.



The issue of free movement of persons is a major challenge for cooperation between the EU and its neighbours at large. The EU’s approach on this issue is split in various policies (enlargement, ENP and others) and covers different perceptions, realities, and perspectives amongst the partners themselves. The aim of this conference is to debate the way the EU addresses this issue in its vicinity, with a special focus on the expectations from both the EU and its neighbours, the logics behind closer integration with the partner countries, as well as the coherence of the various instruments of cooperation (such as visa liberalisation).




Introductory Speech by par António Vitorino, President of Notre Europe and former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs


Debate with:

- Joanna Fomina, Coordinator of the Friendly EU Border Project, Stefan Batory Foundation, on Eastern Partnership Partners and Russia

- Pierre Beckouche, Scientific Advisor, IPEMED,on the Southern neighbours of the EU

- Katharina Knaus,President, European Stability Initiative,on the Western Balkans and Turkey

- Roderick Parkes, Head of Brussels Office, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, on the EU


Chair: Catherine Withol de Wenden, Director of research, CNRS/CERI



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Sciences Po - Amphithéâtre Erignac, 13 rue de l’Université 75007 Paris


Conference language: English

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