1 November 2008
New ESI Background Paper: The White List Project. EU Policies on Visa-Free Travel for the Western Balkans
Applicants for Schengen visa in the Balkans
Applicants for Schengen visa in the Balkans

ESI Background Paper: The White List Project. EU Policies on Visa-Free Travel for the Western Balkans (1 November 2008)

Today, ESI released a special Background Paper on Enlargement and the Schengen White List Project.

When it comes to the EU, one of the greatest wishes of citizens of the Western Balkans, besides EU membership, is visa-free travel. It has for many years already been an elusive goal.

This background paper intends to provide the knowledge base for an informed debate of visa liberalisation for the Western Balkans. Such knowledge is lacking at the moment. While the topic is hotly debated, all sides tend to use arguments without evidence to back them up. The study covers topics such as the importance of lifting the visa requirements, impact on organised crime in the EU or the potential for illegal work migration.

If you have any questions about this paper, please e-mail ESI senior analyst Alexandra Stiglmayer who is in charge of ESI's White List Project.

Alexandra Stiglmayer
Alexandra Stiglmayer, ESI senior analyst in charge of ESI White List Project
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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