Visa-Free Europe for the Eastern Partnership: a Way to AchieveDownload publications
The publication is another contribution made by “Europe without Barriers” to strengthen independent expertise of the EU visa and migration policies.
This time experts focused their attention on the potential value and perspectives of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative for the sake of visa liberalisation.
Launch of EaP is expected to add regional dimension into the “visa dialogue” between Ukraine and the European Union. The dialogue started in 2008 with the aim to elaborate criteria and tasks to be implemented by Ukraine on the way to visa regime removal on behalf of the EU. We believe that effective use of EaP will not only facilitate people to people contacts, but bring the participating countries closer to the norms and standards of the European Union.
We believe that professional capacities of international partners involved into this project may significantly strengthen the level of professional expertise as well as improve lobbying of necessary changes.
In order to achieve synergy, “Europe without Barriers” started institutional cooperation with two think tanks from the Western Europe, namely European Policy Centre (ЕРС) and European Stability Initiative (ESI). EPC works in direct contact with EU institutions and it is highly respected by independent experts. ESI is well known for its high-quality expertise and lobbying visa free regime for the Western Balkans.
Authors of the research discover the mechanisms and impact on relevant decisions in the European Union’s institutions as well as outline major stereotypes and reasons that affect important positions concerning visa free perspectives for Ukraine. Amanda Paul, EPC expert, contributes to this issue in her writing.
Positive international experience in fighting for freedom of movement in the countries previously having visa regime with EU is an important component of visa free movement. Public campaigns for visa free regimes, lobbying of necessary internal reforms in the most sensitive sectors which are generally aimed at improvement in the spheres of security, border management and fundamental human rights — there subjects are covered by Alexandra Stiglmayer’s contribution. She works as ESI Schengen White List project director.
The target audience of this publication is wide range of experts, politicians, public activists and everyone interested in professional recommendations regarding political, technical and legal tasks aimed at achieving the criteria for visa free regime with the EU.
We offer also exclusive material developed by “Europe without Barriers”, presenting expert evaluation of official visa issuance statistics of the European Union for 2009.
The publication was developed in terms of the project “Public support for Ukraine-EU visa dialogue in the context of “Eastern Partnership” supported by European Programme of the International Renaissance Foundation in the frames of grant competition “Strengthening cooperation between Ukrainian and West-European think-tanks”.
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