POLICY MEETINGS SERIES on the European Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean: Societal and Rule of Law Challenges

During the course of 2016 CEPS has carried out three close-door policy meetings looking at the societal security challenges resulting from the European Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean. They have allowed engaging with a selection of key EU and national policy-makers, practitioners, border and coast guards, academics and selected members of civil society organizations and NGOs.

The ‘European refugee crisis’ has laid bare the challenges in guarding the external borders of the EU. The responsibility falls largely on the member states holding the territorial external borders, whose resources are often limited and sometimes badly organized. The policy meetings organized by CEPS provided the opportunity to discuss with a small group of experts the key legal, policy and institutional responses by the EU to the political and humanitarian challenges posed by cross-border human mobility in countries like Greece and Italy, as well as their ethical and societal implications.

The setting up of a European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) out of Frontex Agency has been just one of these responses - especially after the formal adoption of the EU Regulation setting it up this the past September. During the Policy Meetings it has been also discussed the setting up a European Asylum Agency (new proposal by the European Commission) out of EASO as well as the challenges affecting the EU Dublin system and the temporary relocation system and hotspots approach as well as the dilemmas inherent to search and rescue at sea in the Mediterranean.

The meetings were organized by invitation only and applying Chatham House Rules in order to ensure the participation of key institutions and to have a frank and direct discussions. The events took place at CEPS and at the premises of the European Parliament, counting with the participation of Ms. Birgit Sippel (MEP) and Carlos Coelho (MEP).

A policy brief will be published based on the research conducted.

Publication Date: 
Mon, 21 Nov 2016
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