Freedom, Security and Justice
The free-movement zone introduced progressively within the EU allows hundreds of thousands of Europeans every day to travel in order to work, study, socialise or have fun, across a vast geographic area and with neither administrative formalities nor queues at border crossings.
It represents a major achievement of European cooperation. the Jacques Delors Institute strives to defend the founding principles of this project, by analysing the experience of mobility and the potential means of developing it. It is also examining the way in which this “internal” free movement is organised, in terms of coordination between national systems for protecting and promoting rights.
Europe’s free-movement area is based on numerous mechanisms of cooperation in matters of police and justice, notably in terms of the surveillance of our shared external borders. In particular it is necessary to assess the content and reach of the tools of solidarity used by European states – placed in asymmetric positions with regard to external migratory flows – and to examine ways of promoting a common approach to asylum rights, visas and migration.