Bruxelles, 20 septembre 2012 – Moment critique pour la liberté de circulation des personnes dans l’espace Schengen ?

EPC et Notre Europe organisent cette conférence le 20 septembre 2012 de 16 à 18H30 à Bruxelles, avec la présence exceptionnelle d'Antonio Vitorino, Président de Notre Europe.

EPC et Notre Europe organisent cette conférence le 20 septembre 2012 de 16 à 18H30 à Bruxelles, avec la présence exceptionnelle d’Antonio Vitorino, Président de Notre Europe, Carlos Coehlo MEP, membre du Parlement européen et de Commission des libertés civiles, de la justice et des affaires intérieures, Stefano Manservisi, Directeur général pour le Développement de la Commission européenne , and Yves Pascouau, Analyste à l’EPC et Hans Martens, Président de l’EPC.

Adresse: Polak Room, Résidence Palace, 155 Rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels

Descriptif de l’événement:

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, and 

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 by no later than 18 September.

La synthèse de l’événement est disponible ici.