ESI seminar on Buyukada (March 2013)
ESI seminar on Buyukada (March 2013)

Inside the ESI kitchen

How to help Turkey get visa-free travel
How to do advocacy and write reports
The 101 on Turkish visa liberalisation

Istanbul - 29 to 31 May 2014

Visa advocacy and the Turkey White List Project – A story of policy impact

Visa advocacy and the Turkey White List Project – The impact in the media

The Schengen White List – visa liberalisation project has been one of ESI's most successful research and advocacy campaigns ever. Our work has been discussed in hundreds of articles across Europe. So far almost every one of our policy proposals has also been adopted. And the campaign is not over yet. Now it is Turkey's turn to get visa-free travel from the EU.

What is the secret of a successful advocacy effort in the area of visa liberalisation? How can sceptics be convinced? At the end of May we share our secrets in Istanbul.

If you are a Turkish analyst, expert, journalist or young civil servant

If you are professionally interested in our experience on visa liberalisation

then we invite you to

A HOW-TO seminar
Looking inside
the ESI White List Visa campaign

the event will start on in the late afternoon of 29 May and end on 31 May.

Making the case for visa free travel for Turkey with President Gul and his team. Photo: Office of the Turkish President
Alexandra StiglmayerGerald KnausBesa Shahini
reveal the secrets behind the ESI White List campaign

If you are interested, and are fluent in English, please send the following information to info@esiweb.org

A short CV (similar to these, just giving a few highlights)

A one page letter of motivation why you are interested in this topic,
and what you might do with what you learn (in English)

There is still a limited number of places available –
if you want to be considered write to us as soon as you can.

Please also give us a Skype address or telephone number so we can call you.

Making the case for visa free travel for Turkey with President Gul and his team. Photo: Office of the Turkish President Gerald Knaus, Giuliano Amato, and Otto Schily at the TEPAV event. Photo: TEPAV
Making the case for visa free travel for Turkey with President Gul and his team – Gerald Knaus, Giuliano Amato, and Otto Schily at TEPAV in Ankara

We will cover two hotel nights and food. The event will either take place in Istanbul or on the Princes Islands.

ABOUT THE SEMINAR

Issues we will cover

How we research visa roadmap implementation
How we write to convince
How we present to persuade
How we network
Who needs to be convinced
The Visa & Border 101
How some countries made it
How some have failed
What is really special about Turkey
The Turkish myths to deconstruct

Making the case for visa free travel for Turkey with President Gul and his team. Photo: Office of the Turkish President Gerald Knaus, Giuliano Amato, and Otto Schily at the TEPAV event. Photo: TEPAV
Launch of the Schengen White List Turkey Project with Giuliano Amato in Istanbul in 2011 – On the train from Amsterdam to Brussels: Gerald Knaus, Selim Yenel, Jean Christophe Filori

ABOUT THE WHITE LIST PROJECT

See here for the media echo and impact so far

See here the glossary of key terms

See here: the story of the Balkans

See here: Kosovo, the failure

See here: Turkey, our analysis so far (and the same in Turkish)

Visa advocacy and the Turkey White List Project – A story of policy impact

Visa advocacy and the Turkey White List Project – The impact in the media

We are grateful to the German Stiftung Mercator for supporting our work on the visa issue in Turkey

Stiftung Mercator