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Call for speakers for GLOBSEC roundtable on Schengen zone and EU Migration Policy


Are you interested in the Schengen zone, EU Migration Policy and studying the concept of multispeed Europe? 

Then join us in March for a roundtable discussion Differentiated Cooperation in Action Part #4: Europe on the Move: Open or Closed Borders?that will take place on 2-3 March 2020 in Bratislava. 

This event forms part of  DIFF GOV: European Governance: Potential of Differentiated Cooperation, a GLOBSEC projected supported by the Jean Monnet Activities of the EU Programme Erasmus+. 

What’s It About? 

The migration crisis caught the EU by surprise and has bitterly divided the EU since 2015. While the countries such as Italy and Malta have complained that other EU members have refused to take a fair share of the migrants who arrive on Europe's southern shores, the Eastern member states desperately opposed the plan to impose refugee quotas on all EU states as they saw migration as an issue of identity and sovereignty. Europe even has started to seriously question its values-based project of unity resulting in a temporary reintroduction of border controls in a number of countries.  

Measures against the unprecedented migratory flows pose, however, a threat to the functioning of the internal market – the main pillar on which the union stands. How will the Schengen area of tomorrow look like? What are the biggest achievements of the Schengen area? What are the weaknesses of the current (or the future) Schengen area? What are the next steps towards the creation of a Common European Asylum Authority? What would be the prerogatives of a European Council for Interior Security? Will the EU’s new migration policy plan work? How to bridge the divide among the EU member states with different visions towards migration policy? The roundtable will start with a general opening panel that will reflect on the main achievements of the New Commission on its 100 days in the office? 

The aim of the roundtable is to foster dialogue between academia, civil society and policymakers that 1) enhances the EU governance and 2) contributes to discussions on differentiated integration in Europe. 

Topics to be discussed: 

  • Schengen Zone as a Study Case of Enhanced Cooperation: Looking Back to the History, Lessons Learnt and the Way Forward  
  • Future of Schengen: Drafting Scenarios for
  • Future European Migration Policy – New Area of Flexible Cooperation in Europe?  

Your Role  

We are looking for speakers from academia, government, think tanks and NGOs who have a track record and experience in analysing above mentioned topics. You will be asked to give a 10-15 minutes presentation on a topic and make active participation during the whole event. Your presentation will also be uploaded onto our project page (some examplesfrom the previous event). We will cover travel and accommodation (one night) for selected speakers. 

Get Involved 

Please send us a short CV and a half-page statement outlining your planned intervention (presentation) by 27 January 2020 to [email protected] 

We will contact only successful candidates by 3 February 2020.  

Core requirements: 

  • Relevant work experience on Schengen zone or EU Migration Policy 
  • Currently employed by a think tank, NGO, government or academic department located in one of the EU Member States. 
  • EU citizen based in one of the EU Member States.
  • Willing to travel to Bratislava on 2-3 March 2020.