Europe without Borders – will the dream last?

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Talk Conference

Europe without Borders – will the dream last? – The Future of Schengen and visa freedom in Europe

  • Thu 15 Nov 2012
  • 12:30PM

Austrian Ambassador's Residence

18 Belgrave SquareLondon SW1X 8PX


Part of the Pro Europe - Austrian Embassy Series


Gerald Knaus - Chairman, European Stability Initiative                 
Hugo Brady - Centre for European Reform


Border controls are a thing of the past today among most European countries – British tourists to the continent also benefit from this. However, the Arab Spring and recent visa-free travel for Balkans countries have brought increased pressure from migrants and asylum claimants. A few EU states closed their borders, and now some interior ministers want to re-introduce visas. How will these developments impact on the UK’s borders? Could the UK government’s plans to restrict free movement make any difference? Is Europe without borders likely to last?

We very much hope to welcome you to this event. Places are limited, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please confirm your participation as soon as possible by email to  As a lunchtime seminar, light refreshments will be served.

Gerald Knaus is the founding Chairman of the European Stability Initiative (ESI). He has published a great number of reports on immigration and human rights, particularly on South East Europe.

Hugo Brady is a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, writing on migration and internal security policy. He has advised the European Commission and the House of Lords.


AUSTRIAN EMBASSY - PRO EUROPE Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

PRO EUROPE is an initiative of the Austrian Embassy in London for discussing European affairs. Its mission is to provide an informal platform for connecting international scholarly and political expertise on European issues, which are relevant for the UK and other European countries, and to discuss international perspectives through scholarship and engagement with practitioners and decision-makers on why governments should be assertive about Europe.

“No European state in the 21st century can lastingly and successfully advocate its interests in the world alone. The major challenges of our modern societies know no borders.”
(Michael Spindelegger, Austrian Foreign Minister)