5 April 2017
Rome – ESI at conference on EU enlargement in the Western Balkans and meetings on "The Malta Plan"
Gerald Knaus. Photo: Istituto Affari Internazionali
Gerald Knaus. Photo: Istituto Affari Internazionali

ESI's Gerald Knaus participated in the conference "The Western Balkans in the European Union: Enlargement to what, accession to what?" organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) which brought together a number of European experts to reflect on the challenges facing the EU and its enlargement towards the Western Balkans. Gerald spoke at a panel on "Sustaining Connectivity and Transformation in the Western Balkans".

While in Rome, Gerald also met with senior officials at the foreign and interior ministries and the Dutch embassy to present ESI's policy proposal "The Malta Plan" which argues that the European Union urgently needs a credible European policy on asylum and border management which combines control of external sea borders with respect for international refugee law. It must respect the ethical norm of the rule of rescue: do not push individuals in need into danger. This is the heart of the UN Refugee Convention (non-refoulement). The current EU presidency (Malta) should build consensus for a concrete proposal before this summer. A new system should replace the current Dublin procedures whose reform is debated in the EU with little prospect for a successful outcome.

Photo: Istituto Affari Internazionali
Photo: Istituto Affari Internazionali
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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