The ‘Schengen Laboratory': The Role of the EP in Promoting the Inclusiveness and Sustainability of the Free Movement of Persons from 1985 to the Present

Friday, July 14, 2017
Court/Senate (University of Glasgow)
Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López , EUI
This paper examines the critical role of the European Parliament (EP) in articulating resilient responses to evolving modes of multilevel exclusion since the inception of the Schengen Area in 1985. Furthermore, it recovers empowering historical critiques towards the so-called 'Schengen Laboratory' which could be relevant today to find inclusive ways of responding to the asylum and migration external dimension challenges currently being posed with regards to the free movement of persons.

The first part of the presentation focuses on the interplay between the free movement of persons and the crucial issue of migration. More particularly, it addresses EP's proposals to constructively integrate third country migrants in the Community with a view to outlining changing notions of positive societal impact in periods characterised by crises and emands for systemic change.

In a similar vein, the second part of the presentation tackles the EP's evolving positions towards the neglecting of the solidarity and diversity dimensions of European integration as part of different asylum policy crises, focusing on increasing the capacity to humanly respond to humanitarian crises beyond security-centred conceptions of transnational mobility.

The sources used to study this particular approach to the also positive and qualitative change-inducing meaning of crises in the history of European integration are mainly: Relevant documents coming from the HAEU, from the EP Historical Archives and the EPRS in Luxembourg and from Oral History interviews with several former Presidents of the European Parliament and with other relevant players in the historical building and sustainability of the Schengen Area.