28 November 2012
Rome Members of ESI's Advisory Board for the Schengen White List Project meet
Gerald Knaus, Giuliano Amato, Anna Maria Cancellieri, and Alexandra Stiglmayer. Photo: ESI
Gerald Knaus, Giuliano Amato, Anna Maria Cancellieri, and Alexandra Stiglmayer. Photo: ESI

On 28 November 2012, members of ESI's "White List Project" Advisory Board met in Rome. They discussed how to move forward on visa liberalisation with Turkey and how to react to the new increase in asylum seekers from the Western Balkans.

Chairman Giuliano Amato, former prime minister and former interior minister of Italy, and Otto Schily, former interior minister of Germany provided ESI's Gerald Knaus and Alexandra Stiglmayer with new ideas and support how to tackle the challenges ahead.

The group also had meetings with Anna Maria Cancellieri, Italy's interior minister, and Franco Frattini, a former Italian foreign minister and former European Commissioner for Justice, Liberty and Security.

Concerning Turkey, the EU is due to soon finalise a roadmap that will set the conditions that Turkey needs to meet in order to qualify for visa liberalisation. As regards the Western Balkans, after the visa requirement was lifted in 2009 and 2010 for a total of five countries, the number of asylum seekers from this countries increased. There has been a new increase in 2012, above the numbers registered in 2010 and 2011.

ESI is grateful to the Stiftung Mercator for supporting the meetings in Rome and other activities in relation to visa liberalisation for Turkey.

For more information, visit ESI's website on Europe's Border Revolution and the Schengen White List Project.

Otto Schily, Giuliano Amato, Gerald Knaus, and Alexandra Stiglmayer. Photo: ESI
Otto Schily, Giuliano Amato, Gerald Knaus, and Alexandra Stiglmayer. Photo: ESI
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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.

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