14 November 2012
Brussels ESI at debate and photo exhibition on visa liberalisation in Europe
"Visas? What's the reason?"
"Visas? What's the reason?"

On 14 November 2012, ESI Senior Analyst Alexandra Stiglmayer spoke at a debate and photo exhibition organised in Brussels by the Ukrainian NGO "Europe without barriers". At the event called "Visas? What's the Reason?", she discussed the new increase in asylum seekers from the Western Balkans and the impact that this has on current and future EU-led visa liberalisation processes, such as those ongoing with Ukraine, Moldova and Kosovo, and the process envisaged for Turkey. The photos were black and white portraits of prominent Ukrainians whose visa applications were rejected. Other speakers were Oleksandr Sushko, Iryna Sushko and Maryana Kuzio from Europe without Barriers and Joanna Fomina from the Visa-free Europe Coalition.

More information about ESI's Schengen White List Project is available at www.whitelistproject.eu.

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com