31 January 2014
Rome ESI visa advisory board meeting with Giuliano Amato
Nigar Goksel, Jan Tasci, Lars Wahlund, Iulian Groza, Gerald Knaus, Charles Clarke, Giuliano Amato, Cengiz Aktar, Burak Erdenir, Alexandra Stiglmayer, and Christian Altfuldisch
Nigar Goksel, Jan Tasci, Lars Wahlund, Iulian Groza, Gerald Knaus, Charles Clarke, Giuliano Amato, Cengiz Aktar, Burak Erdenir, Alexandra Stiglmayer, and Christian Altfuldisch

On 31 January and 1 February, members of ESI's "White List Project" Advisory Board and other experts met in Rome at the Aspen Institute Italia. They discussed the situation concerning visa liberalisation in Europe including recent developments and upcoming issues in Turkey, the Western Balkans, Moldova and other Eastern neighbours. They also brainstormed about the future of EU-Turkey relations and an ESI proposal for a new generation of progress reports.

Participants:

  • Cengiz Aktar, professor of political science, senior scholar at the Istanbul Policy Centre (an initiative of Sabanci University and Stiftung Mercator), author and columnist
  • Christian Altfuldisch, head of the Berlin office of the European Stability Initiative
  • Giuliano Amato, former Italian prime minister and interior minister, former chairman of the ESI White List Advisory Board
  • Charles Clarke, former UK Home Secretary, member of the ESI board
  • Burak Erdenir, Deputy Under-Secretary at the EU Ministry of Turkey
  • Nigar Göksel, Istanbul-based Senior Analyst of the European Stability Initiative
  • Iulian Groza, Deputy Foreign Minister of Moldova
  • Gerald Knaus, Chairman of the European Stability Initiative
  • Angelo Maria Petroni, Secretary-General of the Aspen Institute Italy
  • Alexandra Stiglmayer, Brussels-based Senior Analyst and General Secretary of the European Stability Initiative
  • Jan Taşçı, Stiftung Mercator, project manager
  • Lars Wahlund, Ambassador of Sweden to Turkey

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

Gerald Knaus on visa liberalisation for Turkey
Gerald Knaus, Giuliano Amato, and Angelo Maria Petroni
Gerald Knaus, Giuliano Amato, and Angelo Maria Petroni
Iulian Groza, Nigar Goksel, and Burak Erdenir
Iulian Groza, Nigar Goksel, and Burak Erdenir
Charles Clarke, Christian Altfuldisch, and Cengiz Aktar
Charles Clarke, Christian Altfuldisch, and Cengiz Aktar
Lars Wahlund, Jan Tasci, and Alexandra Stiglmayer
Lars Wahlund, Jan Tasci, and Alexandra Stiglmayer
Meeting room
Meeting room "Studio dei Presidenti" at the Aspen Institute
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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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