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European Union and Citizens

Brussels, 20 September 2012 - Freedom of movement of persons in the Schengen Area - A critical juncture?

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The European Policy Centre and Notre Europe are pleased to invite you to a Policy Dialogue on Thursday, 20 September 2012, 16.30-18.00 (Registration from 16.10) at Polak Room, Résidence Palace, 155 Rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels


Among our distinguished speakers will be António Vitorino, former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs and President of Notre Europe, Carlos Coehlo MEP, member of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Stefano Manservisi, European Commission Director General for Home Affairs, and Yves Pascouau, EPC Senior Analyst. Hans Martens, EPC Chief Executive, will chair the debate.


The 'Arab Spring' and the subsequent influx of Tunisian nationals on the shores of Lampedusa led to a number of modifications to the Schengen rules. These modifications sought, on the one hand, to reinforce the Schengen evaluation mechanism and, on the other hand, to create a new criterion for the reintroduction of internal border checks in the event that a member state encounters difficulties in managing its external borders.


The proposals presented in September 2011 within the "Schengen package" have tested solidarity between Member States, as well as cooperation between EU institutions. With respect to the latter, the decision by the Council to modify the legal basis of the Schengen evaluation mechanism has led to the exclusion of the European Parliament as co-legislator in this procedure. The Parliament has reacted forcefully by holding up
cooperation with the Council on five dossiers. Thus, signs of mutual mistrust are appearing which could jeopardise this key pillar of the EU - freedom of movement of people.


The Policy Dialogue will analyse the impact of the changes and, in particular, whether this episode has reinforced or undermined freedom of movement of persons. Among our distinguished speakers will be :


António Vitorino, former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs and President of Notre Europe,

Carlos Coehlo MEP, member of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs,

Stefano Manservisi, European Commission Director General for Home Affairs

Yves Pascouau, EPC Senior Analyst.


Hans Martens, EPC Chief Executive, will chair the debate.


In order to enhance audience participation in this crucial debate, we will put questions from the audience to the panellists. Hence, we would encourage you to send one or two short questions by e-mail to Alex Lazarowicz at a.lazarowicz@epc.eu by no later than 18 September.



 


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