Policy Meeting: '’30 years of Schengen – Challenges for the EU in times of crisis', Brussels, 17-18 December 2015

Date: Thursday, 17 and Friday, 18 December 2015

Time: Day 1 (12 AM – 18.30 PM), Day 2 (9 AM – 18 PM)

Venue: CEPS, Conference Room -  Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Recent societal developments have brought forward changes to the way security is understood, perceived and used by social actors. Although this shift in paradigm can be seen through different lenses, there are some obvious trends. To begin with, states and political sovereignty are no longer a guarantee for citizens’ well-being. The state is no longer a primary object of security, though it is still an important one. Secondly, the modern threats and the challenges of contemporary societies have changed dramatically in the light of the new technological developments. Globalization is another factor to contribute to this radical change of how security is perceived. Last but not least, in the aftermath of the financial and economic crisis, we are witnessing the retrieve of the state, including its weakening roles in ensuring security and wellbeing for its citizens. 

To address this concern, the SOURCE project has been established with the aim of advancing research and industrial innovation around the topic of ‘societal security’. The final goal of the SOURCE project and network is to engage experts and actors from all levels of the security chain (researchers, industry actors, policy-makers, civil society, end-users and the public at large) in an open debate on societal security in order to raise awareness on relevant issues and to bring forward real improvements to the well-being and security of European citizens.

You can see the Programme of the event at: https://www.ceps.eu/events/30-years-schengen-–-challenges-eu-times-crisis​

You can download now the Keynote speech of by Mr Charles Elsen former Director General, Council of Europe HERE.


Publication Date: 
Tue, 01 Dec 2015
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